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.

QUESTIONS OR FEEDBACK? Contact Victor Chisholm by email, or phone 514-398-5964.
SECTION A: SUPERVISOR INFORMATION
Name: Aimee Ryan
Email: aimee.ryan [at] mcgill.ca
Phone: 514-412-4400 x 22853
Website:  
Supervisor's department:
Supervisor's department (if none of the above) Pediatrics/Human Genetics
Course number: ANAT396 (Anatomy and Cell Biology)
SECTION B: PROJECT INFORMATION
Term: Winter 2008-2009
Project start date: January 5, 2009
Project end date: April 14, 2009
Project title: Characterization of Pitx as an RNA binding protein
Project description: Pitx2 is a member of the bicoid family of homeodomain transcription factors. The founding member of this family, Bicoid, is able to bind both DNA and RNA. This project will determine if Pitx2 can also bind to sequences in the 3’UTR of mRNAs. Pitx2 binding to synthetic RNA will be assayed. In silico analysis will be performed to identify putative Pitx2 binding sites in the 3’UTR of mRNA that are expressed during embryogenesis and evolutionarily conserved. Finally, the ability of Pitx2 to bind to these sequences in vivo will be tested.
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): Final grade shall be based on laboratory performance as evaluated by the research supervisor (50%) and the final written research report graded by the supervisor (50%)
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 [x]
Human subjects [ ]
Biohazardous substances [x]
Radioactive materials [ ]
Handling chemicals [x]
Using lasers [ ]
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: