ANAT 396 Undergraduate Research Project Proposal Form

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: Prof. Timothy Kennedy
Email: timothy.kennedy [at]
Phone: 5143987136
Supervisor's department: None of the above
Supervisor's department (if none of the above) Neuroscience
Course number: ANAT396 (Anatomy and Cell Biology)
Term: Winter 2008-2009
Project start date: January 5 2009
Project end date: April 30 2009
Project title: Micropatterning of guidance proteins for neural guidance and growth
Project description: Neuron guidance is a key process in development to generate all the proper connections present in the mature nervous system. This process was determined to be monitored by the expression of various guidance proteins. In many cases, these proteins are expressed in gradients across areas as big as a couple of centimeters. To better study the effects of these molecules in vivo, many labs have used micro fluidics to generate these gradients. The use of micro fluidics is not optimum due to the diffusion of the proteins and thereby the result of an inconsistent gradient as well as limitations in minimization of the experimental system. To investigate the role of these proteins, the Micro-and Nano Bioengineering Lab Is using micro contact printing (µCP) and nanocontact printing (ñOP) to print gradients of these proteins onto slides and investigate the effects on neural growth. The student will generate gradients of various proteins and examine the resulting neural growth patterns using microscopy.
Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA ≥ 3.0; or permission of instructor.
Other prerequisite, if applicable:  
Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): 50% Final Report, 10% Laboratory notebook, 40% in the laboratory grade
Other project information:
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? One or more of the following
Animal subjects [ ]
Human subjects [ ]
Biohazardous substances [x]
Radioactive materials [ ]
Handling chemicals [x]
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.last [at]  
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:  
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:  
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: