'Quantification of active surface processes in southern Peru' - EPSC 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

INSTRUCTIONS - PROFESSORS: Please print and review this form. Complete or correct the sections, as applicable, from "Supervisor's Name" to "Ethics, safety, and training". Please sign and date near the bottom ("Supervisor's signature").

INSTRUCTIONS - STUDENTS: You may receive this form by email, or you may download it from www.mcgill.ca/science/research/ours/396 after it has been posted. Either way, print and review this form. Complete or correct the sections, from "Student's Name" to "Student's Level", and sign ("Student signature). Ask your supervisor to sign her/his section near the bottom. Take it to the department corresponding to the course number; 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, please 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. The Office for Undergraduate Research in Science will later post the project online at www.mcgill.ca/science/research/ours/396/listing, indicating whether the project is open for students to apply or taken.

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

Supervisor's Name: Sarah Hall

Supervisor's Email: sarah.hall [at] mcgill.ca

Supervisor's Phone: 514-398-2722

Supervisor's Website: http://eps.mcgill.ca/~shall/Home.html

Supervisor's department: Earth and Planetary Sciences

Course number: EPSC396 (Earth and Planetary Science)

Term: Fall 2011-2012

Project start date: Wednesday, September 1, 2011

Project end date: Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Project title: Quantification of active surface processes in southern Peru

Project description: Southern Peru is a perfect locality to study the relationship between active tectonic forces and dynamic climate forces on recent Earth surface processes. With many recently recognized active faults modifying the landscape, this new mapping project contributes to seismic hazards assessments. The hyperarid climate of the Atacama Desert helps to preserve geomorphic features which contain a rich record of recent climate variability in this region. As part of a larger ongoing study, this student will specifically work on the following three tasks:

  1. Synthesize existing regional climate and tectonic datasets with which to compare existing and new chronologic data
  2. Prepare maps from remote sensing data and from summer 2011 field work
  3. Analyze field data, begin sample processing, and write-up initial results (this will be part of a future publication)

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): Research Report (75%), Organization (lab notebook, 10%), Responsibility (Meetings, 5%), Communication (10%)

Project status - This project is: Taken; however students may contact the professor to discuss other possible '396' projects this term.

How students can apply: N/A; this project is filled.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves NEITHER animal subjects, nor human subjects, nor biohazardous substances, nor radioactive materials, nor handling chemicals, nor using lasers.

Student's Name:

Student's McGill ID:

Student's Email (first.last [at] mail.mcgill.ca):

Student's Phone:

Student's Program:

Student's Level (U0 / U1 / U2 / U3):

Student's signature - I have not applied for another '396' course in this term:

Supervisor's signature - I give my permission for the student identified above to register for this project under my supervision:

Date:

Unit chair/director/designate's name:

Unit chair/director/designate's signature - I certify that this project conforms to departmental requirements for 396 courses:

Date: