Russia's First Scientist: Jacob Daniel Bruce (BASC 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form)

ABOUT BASC 396: This course is restricted to B.A. & Sc. students. Furthermore, most research/inquiry projects should normally be offered through other Science or Arts courses; BASC 396 is intended for integrative projects.

INSTRUCTIONS - PROFESSORS: Fill out Sections A, B, & C then submit this form online. (You will receive an email copy of the form. The Office for Undergraduate Research in Science will also post the project online at, indicating whether the project is open for students to apply or taken.) DONE.

INSTRUCTIONS - STUDENTS: You may receive this form by email, or you may download it from after it has been posted. Either way, print this form. Complete and sign Section D on the hardcopy. Ask your supervisor(s) to sign Section E. Take it to OURS, the Office for Undergraduate Research (Dawson Hall, Room 408A; fax 514-398-8102). Do not register for a BASC 396 course on Minerva until you receive permission.

OURS will consult with the B.A. & Sc. Program Advisory Committee Chair (or designate) to approve (or not) this project. OURS will notify the student. If approved, OURS will arrange for the student to receive permission to register on Minerva.

QUESTIONS OR FEEDBACK? Contact Victor Chisholm (OURS) by email, or phone 514-398-5964.

First supervisor's name: Professor Valentin Boss
Email: valentin.boss [at] (valentin boss mcgill ca)
First supervisor's department: History
First supervisor's department (if none of the above)
Is there a second supervisor? No
Second supervisor's name:
Second supervisor's department:
Second supervisor's department (if none of the above)
Term: Fall 2010-2011
Project start date: Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Project end date: Friday, December 3, 2010
Project title: Russia's First Scientist: Jacob Daniel Bruce.
Project description: This project will involve a semester of research on the person Jacob Daniel Bruce and his impact on Russian Science in the early 18th century. His predecessors (if any), and his successors and their work will also be analyzed along with their contributions to Russian science of the time.
Rationale for offering this project as BASC 396: There are many things not yet known about Jacob Daniel Bruce. His use of science to aid Peter I of Russia's reforms needs to be researched further, as well as his connections with alchemist, pietist, masonic and Jacobite movements across Europe. A knowledge of physics and math is required to fully understand his learning, research, and teachings.
Prerequisite: Other: please specify below
Other prerequisite, if applicable: Basic physics recommended.
Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): Final Report worth 100%
Other project information:
Project status - This project is: Taken; however students may contact the professor to discuss other possible '396' projects this term.
How students can apply: See above.
If other, please specify:
Ethics, safety, and training
Which of the following, if any, is involved? None
Animal subjects [ ]
Human subjects [ ]
Biohazardous substances [ ]
Radioactive materials [ ]
Handling chemicals [ ]
Using lasers [ ]
Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students.
Do not complete this section unless/until the student is identified.
McGill ID:
Email (first.last [at]
Program (E.g., Maj. Chem. Maj. Conc. Econ.):
Level (U0 / U1 / U2 / U3):
Student signature - I have not applied for another '396' course in this term:
Do not complete this section unless/until the student is identified.
Supervisor: I give my permission for the student identified in section D to register for this project under my supervision.
Supervisor's signature:
Second supervisor's signature, if applicable:
B.A. & Sc. Program Advisory Commitee Chair (or designate): I certify that this project conforms to the requirements for BASC 396 and has an integrative component.
P.A.C. chair/designate's name:
P.A.C. chair/designate's signature: