REDM 396: Writing about science for the public (Prof. L. Cooper)

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. 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.
Name: Linda Cooper
Email: Linda.Cooper [at]
Phone: 514-398-8545
Supervisor's department: Redpath Museum
Supervisor's department (if none of the above)  
Course number: REDM396 (Redpath Museum)
Term: Fall 2009-2010
Project start date: September 2, 2009
Project end date: December 2, 2009
Project title: Writing about science for the public
Project description: Students will conduct independent research on the work of ecologists and evolutionary biologists in Canada. They will summarize the scientists' important contributions to the field and write short articles about this work. The three- fold object of this course is to have students: 1) research the work of Canadian ecologists and evolutionary biologists; 2) learn techniques for writing clear and engaging vignettes accessible to a wide readership; 3) have these articles published on the website of the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution.
Prerequisite: Other: please specify below
Other prerequisite, if applicable: Permission of the Instructor
Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): 70% final report, 30% participation
Other project information:
Project status - This project is: Open to applicants
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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Student signature - I have not applied for another '396' course in this term:  
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Supervisor: I give my permission for the student identified in section C to register for this project under my supervision.
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