396 undergraduate research project courses

Where can I find 396 projects?

Here is the project list of current and past '396' project offerings.

To post, create, or register for a new project: contact a professor, discuss doing a project with her or him, fill out the online form, and follow the instructions. This is how most 396 projects are arranged.

What are 396 courses?

396 courses:

  • allow undergraduate Science students to conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a McGill professor;
  • contain a significant research component that requires substantial independent work by students;
  • feature a final report worth at least 50% of the final grade;
  • are elective courses;
  • can be taken outside your own department (i.e., by students whose major is outside the offering unit);
  • count towards the requirements of the Dean's Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research List (DMURL);
  • can be taken after one term of undergraduate studies; and
  • are not available under the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option.

See also the "General prerequisites" section below.


Purpose

These courses are designed to increase undergraduate research opportunities by

  • broadening the scope of research courses,
  • making them available to more students, and
  • making the undergraduate research component more interdisciplinary.

General prerequisites

  • At least one term of undergraduate studies, a CGPA of at least 3.0, or permission of instructor to waive these requirements.
  • Open to students in any program offered by the Faculty of Science.
  • A project proposal form must be completed by the student and instructor and approved by the unit head or his/her delegate before the start of the term. (Some units may also accept forms during the "add/drop" period. The table below indicates where to submit completed forms.)
  • Instructors will list project-specific prerequisites with the project description listings.
  • A student may take more than one 396 course, but cannot be supervised by the same instructor for two 396 Science courses. Each 396 course must also be for a different project.

Participating departments, eligible supervisors, and where to take completed forms

Department, school, or program Course number Supervisors for this course usually come from this list (but see also below*) Take signed project forms and your unofficial transcript to
Anatomy and Cell Biology
ANAT 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ANAT professors Ms Penny Kaill-Vinish in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
ATOC 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC professors Ms Manuela Franzo in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.
Biochemistry
BIOC 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BIOC professors Ms Christine Laberge in the Department of Biochemistry.
Biology
BIOL 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BIOL professors Ms Susan Gabe or Ms Nancy Nelson in the Department of Biology.
Chemistry
CHEM 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM professors Dr. Sam Sewall in the Department of Chemistry.
Cognitive Science
COGS 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

This course is not associated with a single department, and it is for projects related to cognition and the evolution of thought. Supervisors usually come from Computer Science, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Psychology. Please refer to this page for more information. Mr. Ryan Bouma, the Interdisciplinary Programs Adviser, in Dawson Hall.
Computer Science
COMP 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

COMP professors Prof. Jörg Kienzle, then Ms Liette Chin, in the School of Computer Science.
Earth and Planetary Sciences
EPSC 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EPSC professors Ms Kristy Thornton in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.
Environment, McGill School of
ENVR 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ENVR professors Ms Kathy Roulet in the School of Environment.
Geography
GEOG 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

GEOG professors Ms June Connolly in the Department of Geography.
Human Genetics
HGEN 396 Human Genetic Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

HGEN professors Mr Ross MacKay in the Department of Human Genetics (electronically or hardcopy; contact information).
Mathematics and Statistics
MATH 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH professors Ms Angela White in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
Medical Physics
MDPH 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MDPH professors Ms Margery Knewstubb in the Department of Medical Physics.
Microbiology and Immunology - MICROBIOLOGY
MIMM 396 Ugrad Research Proj-Microbiol 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MIMM professors Prof. Gregory Marczynski in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.
Microbiology and Immunology - IMMUNOLOGY
MIMM 397 Ugrad Research Proj - Immunol 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MIMM professors Prof. Gregory Marczynski in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.
Neuroscience
NSCI 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

The undergraduate neuroscience program and courses are not associated with a single department. Prospective supervisors for NSCI 396 come from many different departments Mr. Ryan Bouma, the Interdisciplinary Programs Adviser, in Dawson Hall.
Office of Science Education (Faculty of Science)
FSCI 396 Res Proj:Sci Teaching&Learning 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


NOTE: FSCI 396 (Research Project in Science Teaching and Learning) will be offered for the first time in January 2019.
Co-supervised by a Professor teaching in a Faculty of Science course and the FSCI 396 Coordinator. Email the signed application form with a copy of your unofficial transcript to the ose.science [at] mcgill.ca (subject: FSCI%20396, body: (Please%20include%20the%20signed%20application%20form%20with%20a%20copy%20of%20your%20unofficial%20transcript)) (Office of Science Education) with FSCI 396 in the Subject Line.
Pharmacology
PHAR 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHAR professors Ms Chantal Grignon in the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics.
Physics
PHYS 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS professors Prof. Thomas Brunner, then Olivia Sanalitro, in the Department of Physics.
Physiology
PHGY 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHGY professors Prof. Ursula Stochaj in the Department of Physiology.
Psychology
PSYC 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PSYC professors Ms Julia Marussi in the Department of Psychology.
Redpath Museum
REDM 396 Undergraduate Research Project 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

REDM professors Ms Ginette Dessureault in the Redpath Museum.

* Who is an eligible supervisor for a 396 course? Please refer to the "For Students: About supervisors" section of the FAQs for more information.


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