Secondary Neutrons in Radiotherapy - MDPH 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: John Kildea

Supervisor's Email: john.kildea [at]

Supervisor's Phone: 5149341934 ex 44154

Supervisor's Website:

Supervisor's department: Medical Physics

Course number: MDPH 396 (Medical Physics)

Term: Fall 2015-2016

Project start date: Friday, September 4, 2015

Project end date: Monday, December 7, 2015

Project title: Secondary Neutrons in Radiotherapy

Project description (50-100 words suggested): Secondary neutrons from radiotherapy beams pose an important risk for second radiation-induced cancers in radiotherapy patients. This risk may only be quantified by (a) measuring neutron energy spectra and (b) understanding the neutron energy-risk relationship.
The McGill Medical Physics neutron research group is studying both (a) and (b) through measurements, Monte Carlo simulations and data analysis.
This research project will involve (mainly) computer programming for data analysis and possibly some (evening or weekend) measurements if time permits. The student will be expected to spend one day per week at the Medical Physics Unit at the Glen Campus of the McGill University Health Centre.
The exact details of the project are flexible and will be finalized on discussion with the supervisor.

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): Final Report: 50% ; Meeting milestones and actively participating in research: 25% ; Quality of programming: 25%

Project status: This project is open to applicant.

How students can apply / Next steps: contact john.kildea [at]

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.