This course entails the design, implementation, and reporting of an independent and substantial research project, under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Research may involve laboratory, fieldwork, and/or computer-based analyses, with the final products being presented primarily as a written thesis, although other course work, such as oral presentations of student research, may also be required. All areas of environmental science research that are supported by existing faculty members are permissible. The course should be undertaken after the end of the 3rd Year, and is subject to faculty availability. Faculty permission and supervision is required.
Permission of the course coordinator.
Students must apply to the course coordinator for admission into this course. Applications must be received by: (i) the end of August for enrolment in the fall semester; (ii) the end of December for enrolment in the spring semester; or (iii) the end of April for enrolment in the summer semester. Applications should consist of a completed 1-page application form (available from the course instructor) that includes: 1. Student name, number, academic program, and current year of study; 2. A note of intent indicating the student's wish to enrol in EESD09H3; 3. A brief description of the projects of interest to the student; 4. A list of relevant courses successfully completed by the student, as well as any relevant courses to be taken during the concurrent session; 5. The confirmed name of the supervising professor, the date and method in which confirmation of their willingness to supervise was received (i.e., this must determined ahead of time, through personal correspondence with a professor). Generally, only students meeting the following requirements will be admitted to EESD09H3: 1. A Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher; 2. Completion of at least 12.0 full credits (see point 4 below); 3. Completion of at least 1.5 full credits of C-level environmental science courses (see point 4 below); 4. For students in the Specialist/Specialist Co-op programs Environmental Physics, completion of Year 3 and completion of at least 1.0 C-level PHY courses. Students who do not meet these criteria are strongly encouraged to consider enrolment in PSCB90H3 and/ or EESC24H3 as an alternative to EESD09H3. Once the course coordinator (or designate) has approved enrolment to EESD09H3, they will sign the course enrolment form for submission to the registrar. Note that the course coordinator (or designate) is the only one permitted to give "permission of instructor" on this form.