What types of writing (e.g., research essays, formal lab reports, journaling) are likely to be assigned?
Students will be required to write a 10-15 page paper in the format of a scientific article. This paper will contain an introduction that surveys the current literature in the student’s area of research. The materials and methods section will outline the techniques and approaches used in the research project, and the results section will present the experimental findings. The discussion section will analyze the data, present interpretations of the data, and compare the results with the experimental findings reported by others. What types of instruction will students receive on the writing aspect of the assignments? Students will receive general guidelines on writing a scientific paper that outlines the sections to be included. A recent published article in the student’s research area will serve as a model. Throughout preparation of the initial drafts of the paper, the mentor will advise the student in data presentation (graphs, figures, etc.). The mentor will read the draft of the pape