'Lab Equipment Energy Efficiency Project' - BASC 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

INSTRUCTIONS - PROFESSORS: Please print and review this form. Complete or correct the sections, as applicable, from "First Supervisor's Name" to "Ethics, safety, and training". Please sign and date near the bottom ("Supervisor's signature").

INSTRUCTIONS - STUDENTS: You may receive this form by email, or you may download it from www.mcgill.ca/science/research/ours/basc396 after it has been posted. Either way, print and review this form. Complete or correct the sections, from "Student's Name" to "Student's Level", and sign ("Student signature). Ask your supervisor(s) to sign her/his/their section near the bottom. 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. Have a discussion with your supervisor about time/work expectations, keeping in mind that this is a 3-credit course (roughly, 10 hours per week for 12 weeks).

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 by email, or phone 514-398-5964

First supervisor's name: Ruthanne Huising

First supervisor's email: ruthanne.huising [at] mcgill.ca

First supervisor's phone: 514-398-2438

First supervisor's website:

First supervisor's department: Organizational Behaviour

Is there a second supervisor? No

Term: Winter 2012-2013

Project start date: January, 2013

Project end date: April 15, 2013

Project title: Lab Equipment Energy Efficiency Project

Project description: This project will be a study of the various factors in a lab environment that can affect a lab worker?'s usage of the apparatus and which of those factors are leading to less conservative energy use. This will be studied by observing where lab workers get their sets of instructions from and how they choose to act on them, examining how they prioritize the various activities in a lab session, and pinpointing those which affect energy usage on lab equipment. The project also requires examining the equipment itself and calculating energy usage of these specific machines to gain full understanding of the issue. In the end, the goal is to suggest solutions that could lead to smarter, more efficient energy usage amongst workers in the lab.

Rationale for offering this project as BASC 396: This project will explore technical aspects of the lab apparatus by analyzing data collected from quantifying the energy usage associated with this equipment. At the same time, the project requires taking a look at social aspects in the lab setting and how people make decisions related to their use of the lab equipment (an integral part of the project). Both of these tasks require the kind of understanding and experience given by a Science and an Arts discipline together. This interdisciplinary work complements the student's background in Physics and Anthropology.

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): 70% final report, 30% interim report.

Project status: This project is taken. The professor has no more '396' projects this term.

How students can apply: Bring a printed copy of this application form and your advising transcript to me during office hours.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. Which of the following, if any, is involved? This project involves NEITHER animal subjects, nor human subjects, nor biohazardous substances, nor radioactive materials, nor handling chemicals, nor using lasers.

Student's Name:

Student's McGill ID:

Student's Email (first.last [at] mail.mcgill.ca):

Student's Phone:

Student's Degree:

Student's Program (E.g., Maj. Chemistry + Maj. History):

Student's Level (U0 / U1 / U2 / U3):

Student's signature - I have not applied for another '396' course in this term:

Supervisor's signature - I give my permission for the student identified above to register for this project under my supervision:


Second supervisor's signature, if applicable:


B.A. & Sc. Program Advisory Commitee (P.A.C.) chair/designate's name:

P.A.C. chair/designate's signature - I certify that this project conforms to the requirements for BASC 396 and has an integrative component: