McGill Alert / Alerte de McGill

Updated: Mon, 07/15/2024 - 16:07

Gradual reopening continues on downtown campus. See Campus Public Safety website for details.

La réouverture graduelle du campus du centre-ville se poursuit. Complément d'information : Direction de la protection et de la prévention.

NSCI 410 and 420 General Information

Any professor at McGill University and affiliated hospitals working in the field of neuroscience.
Professor Joseph Dent
Stewart Biology Bldg, Rm N4/7A
Phone: 514-398-3724
Email: joseph.dent [at]
Curtis Sharman
Email: curtis.sharman [at]
Dawson Hall, 4th floor


Restricted to U2 and U3 students in the Neuroscience Major program who have taken NSCI 200 and NSCI 201 (Introduction to Neuroscience 1 and 2). Students may take only one, but not both, of NSCI 410 and NSCI 420. Before being able to register for the course on MINERVA, students must:

  1. Arrange supervision with an established McGill neuroscientist.
  2. Submit a Research Project Registration Form (the form will open by mid-June and the deadline to submit requests for Fall & Winter courses is end of day on September 6, 2024.
  3. Have their proposed research project approved by the Course Coordinator.

The project registration form must be submitted online.  Upon form submission, an email will be sent to the project supervisor and Course Coordinator requesting approval of your project.  When both have indicated their approval, your eligibility will be verified and permission will be given to allow you to register for the course on Minerva.  Registration in the research course is not possible until a project has been approved.

Students are required to:
  • Submit a Research Proposal Abstract 2-3 weeks after the course begins;
  • Submit a Research Progress Abstract halfway through the course;
  • Submit a Final Written Report in the form of a research manuscript towards the end of the course;
All submissions will be made through Assignment Drop-Boxes on myCourses and will have strict deadlines. The penalty for a missed deadline will be 3% per day.

Students may have an opportunity to participate in a poster presentation of their research toward the end of the course.
The final grade will be determined as follows:
  • 5% for the Proposal Abstract;
  • 5% for the Progress Abstract;
  • 45% for the Final Written Report;
  • 45% for Laboratory Performance.
Students should download the evaluation form from myCourses and forward it to their supervisor.

McGill University values academic integrity. Therefore all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offences under the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures (see the website on Academic Integrity for more information).

Every student has the right to write term papers, examinations and theses in English or French, except in courses where knowledge of a language is one of the objectives of the course.

In the event of extraordinary circumstances beyond the University's control, the content and/or evaluation scheme in this course is subject to change.
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