'Moraine chronology in the Cordillera Blanca, 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: Moraine chronology in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru

Project description: The Cordillera Blanca of central Peru contains a rich record of Pleistocene glacier f1uctuations. By mapping and and dating glacial features in valleys on both the east and west sides of this tropical north-south trending range, we will identify local and regional climate variations. This record will enable us to identify the dominant controls on local glacial systems and to evaluate how the timing of these regional climate shifts compares with global climate fluctuations. Further, as this range is bound by a major detachment fault, this locality is a perfect natural laboratory in which to investigate coupled tectonic and climatic surface processes and the related landscape modifications. The student's role in this project will be the following three objectives:

  1. Prepare maps of potential future sample sites using remote sensing data
  2. Analyze DEMs to evaluate landscape modification due to glacial erosion in the Cordillera Blanca valleys
  3. Process field data (GPS), begin sample preparation, and write-up preliminary results of moraine chronology

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:


Unit chair/director/designate's name:

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