Supervisor's Name: Ehab Abouheif
Supervisor's Email: ehab.abouheif [at] mcgill.ca
Supervisor's department: Biology
Course number: BIOL 396 (Biology)
Term: Winter 2013-2014
Project start date: Monday, January 6, 2014
Project end date: Friday, April 11, 2014
Project title: Examining correlation between aggression and boldness
Project description (50-100 words suggested): The aim of this project is to determine if there is a correlation between aggression, boldness, and early foraging in worker ants. The central question [for the student] to address [is] whether ants that are highly aggressive and/or extremely bold are more likely to take on certain behavioural roles in the colony (ie. behavioural group). Aggression and boldness are be to evaluated through behavioural tests on day 2 and day 4 old P. dentata workers while following their behavioural progression until day 5, when they are classified as foragers or nurses.
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): to be confirmed
Project status: This project is taken; however students may contact the professor to discuss other possible '396' projects this term.
How students can apply / Next steps: After all parts of this application form are completed, and the hard copy is signed by the professor and the student, bring this application form and your unofficial transcript to Susan Gabe (Stewart Biology W3/25B) or Nancy Nelson (W3/25) during office hours.
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.