PSYC 396: Undergraduate Research Project Proposal Form, Founder effect in evolution of ethnocentrism Prof. T. Shultz

INSTRUCTIONS - PROFESSORS: Fill out Sections A & B 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, 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 after it has been posted online. Either way, print this form. Complete and sign Section C on the hardcopy. Ask your supervisor to sign Section D. Take it to the department corresponding to the course number in Section A (this may or may not be your own department). Do not register for a '396' course on Minerva until you receive departmental permission.
INSTRUCTIONS - DEPARTMENTS: After the unit chair/director/designate approves (or not) this project, notify student. If approved, please give student permission to register on Minerva, and fax this form (with signatures) to the Office for Undergraduate Research in Science at 514-398-8102.
QUESTIONS OR FEEDBACK? Contact Victor Chisholm by email, or phone 514-398-5964.
SECTION A: SUPERVISOR INFORMATION
Name: Thomas Shultz
Email: thomas.shultz [at] mcgill.ca
Phone:
Website:
Supervisor's department: Psychology
Supervisor's department (if none of the above)
Course number: PSYC396 (Psychology)
SECTION B: PROJECT INFORMATION
Term: Fall 2009-2010
Project start date: September 15, 2009
Project end date: December 3, 2009
Project title: Founder effect in evolution of ethnocentrism.
Project description: The evolution of ethnocentrism was modeled recently in agents participating in a prisoner's dilemma game. The student will investigate the role of the founder effect on the emergence of ethnocentrism in the simulation. The founder effect is a phenomenon where pioneering traits become common in the new population they establish. Does ethnocentrism still emerge in a pioneering community of humanitarian, or selfish, or traitorous agents? Other possible variables to be manipulated are founding population size and mutation rate.
Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.
Other prerequisite, if applicable:
Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): Final written report 55%, Research planning 15%, Simulation code writing 15%,Data analysis 15%.
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: Bring a printed copy of this application form and your advising transcript to me during office hours.
If other, please specify:  
Ethics, safety, and training
Which of the following, if any, is involved? None
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Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students.
SECTION C: STUDENT INFORMATION
Do not complete this section unless/until the student is identified.
Name:
McGill ID:
Email (first.last [at] mail.mcgill.ca):
Phone:  
Program (E.g., B.Sc. Maj. Chem. Min. Biol.):
Level (U0 / U1 / U2 / U3):
Student signature - I have not applied for another '396' course in this term:  
SECTION D: APPROVALS.
Do not complete this section unless/until the student is identified.
Supervisor: I give my permission for the student identified in section C to register for this project under my supervision.
Supervisor's signature:  
Date:  
Unit chair/director/designate: I certify that this project conforms to departmental requirements for 396 courses.
Unit chair/director/designate's name:  
Unit chair/director/designate's signature:  
Date: