396 Undergraduate Research Project Application 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.

SECTION A: SUPERVISOR INFORMATION
Name: Hugh Clarke
Email: hugh.clarke [at] mcgill.ca (hugh.clarke) -at-mcgill.ca
Phone: 514-934-1934 x34748
Website:  
Supervisor's department: Biology
Supervisor's department (if none of the above) also Obstetrics and Gynecology
Course number: BIOL396 (Biology)
SECTION B: PROJECT INFORMATION
Term: Winter 2008-2009
Project start date: January 5, 2009
Project end date: tbc (April 2009)
Project title: Growing individual oocytes in vitro
Project description: Oocytes enclosed by granulosa cells will be enzymatically harvested from ovaries of mice. These will be cultured under different conditions to identify those conditions that support efficient growth of the complexes. The objective is to grow oocytes when they are cultured individually, as opposed to in groups. Conditions to be tested include: type of culture dish; substrate on which the complexes are grown; components of culture medium; duration of culture. At the end of the culture period, the granulosa cells will be removed from each oocyte, the diameter of the oocyte will be measured, and its ability to undergo meiotic maturation will be tested. Requires initiative, patience, attention to detail, and willingness to acquire the intellectual background necessary to meaningfully interpret the results.
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): Laboratory performance: 50%; Final report: 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 [ ]
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: