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'The Society of Jesus in China: missionaries and travelling scientists?' 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 http://www.mcgill.ca/science/research/ours/basc396/listing, 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 www.mcgill.ca/science/research/ours/basc396/listing 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: Nicholas Dew
Email: nicholas [dot] dew [at] mcgill [dot] ca (nicholas dot dew at mcgill dot ca)
First supervisor's department: History
Is there a second supervisor? No
Term: Winter 2010-2011
Project start date: January 4th, 2011
Project end date: April 8th, 2011
Project title: The Society of Jesus in China: missionaries and travelling scientists?
Project description: This project will involve a semester of research on the Jesuit China missions of the 16th and 17th centuries. The missionaries introducted Western science and astronomy to China while trying to convert the Emperor. The research will focus on this visit's impact on Chinese development of science, and the missionaries involvement in China.
Rationale for offering this project as BASC 396: This project is integrative because it brings history, religion, and science together, more specifically, the transmission of science in the 16th and 17th centuries. Basic knowledge of astronomy and technologies will be required to fully evaluate this cultural and religion transmission.
Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.
Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): Final paper worth 100%
Project status - This project is: Taken. The professor has no more '396' projects this term.
How students can apply: N/A; this project is filled.
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 [dot] last [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca):
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: