'Late network activity in the developing cerebellum' - NSCI 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: Alanna Watt

Supervisor's Email: alanna.watt [at] mcgill.ca

Supervisor's Phone: 2806

Supervisor's Website: http://biology.mcgill.ca/faculty/watt/

Supervisor's department: Biology

Course number: NSCI 396 (Neuroscience)

Term: Fall 2013-2014

Project start date: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Project end date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Project title: Late network activity in the developing cerebellum

Project description (50-100 words suggested): The cerebellum is a part of the brain involved in motor coordination, motor learning, and timing -- things that are crucial for coordinated activity like walking. The goal of this project is to understanding how activity shapes cerebellar development, looking at morphological markers that reflect changes in the organization of the circuit. Given free access to running wheels, mice run extensively, allowing us to non-invasively modulate cerebellar activity during late postnatal development. Using this activity manipulation, we will determine how this alters the structure of cerebellar neurons. This will provide insight into how behaviourally relevant activity shapes the developing cerebellar circuit.

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 grade will be based on an evaluation of laboratory performance (40%), a final written report (50%), and an oral presentation (10%) in the weekly lab meeting of the supervisor's lab, or other venue. The grade will be determined by the supervisor.

Project status: This project is taken. The professor has no more '396' projects this term.

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.