'Exploring links between atmospheric oxygen and the Precambrian origin of nervous systems' 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. Have a discussion with your supervisor about time/work expectations, keeping in mind that this is a 3-credit course (roughly, 10 hours per week for 12 weeks). Remember that a '396' course is an elective.

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.

QUESTIONS OR FEEDBACK? Contact Victor Chisholm by email, or phone 514-398-5964.

SECTION A: SUPERVISOR INFORMATION

Name: Boswell Wing
Email: boswell.wing [at] mcgill.ca (boswell dot wing at mcgill dot ca)
Phone: 514 398 6772
Website:
Supervisor's department: Earth and Planetary Sciences
Supervisor's department (if none of the above)
Course number: EPSC396 (Earth and Planetary Science)

SECTION B: PROJECT INFORMATION

Term: Winter 2010-2011
Project start date: Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Project end date: Friday, April 8, 2011
Project title: Exploring links between atmospheric oxygen and the Precambrian origin of nervous systems
Project description: This project will involve modifying a simple box model for the first rise in atmospheric oxygen at ~2.5 billion years ago to cover a hypothesized 2nd rise in atmospheric oxygen at ~0.6-0.7 billion years ago. The model results will be compared to fossil and genetic evidence as well as biological requirements for the development of metazoan nervous systems.
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): 50% participation in lab meetings and completion of progress reports; 50% final report
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? None
Animal subjects [ ]
Human subjects [ ]
Biohazardous substances [ ]
Radioactive materials [ ]
Handling chemicals [ ]
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: