Natural Systems-Fall '99
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Peer Review is a fundamental component of doing science.To help make your
projects more scientifically sound, you are being called upon
to put forward your ideas, proposals, lab packets and final report
as well as provide feedback to your peers.
Remember: Look at the outline below for details on the specifics to be included in your "lab packet."
Make sure it is complete! Turn in a "hard copy" in addition to
your WWW submission.
The Lab Teaching Packet Format
Each "Lab Packet" should be a minimum of 5 pages long, plus references, research time-line, and data sheets. Your lab packet
submission should be complete the first time you submit it, but
be prepared for feedback from your peers, tutors and faculty which
will result in further revision.
Title (with all authors)
Abstract About a paragraph or two in length--a brief synopsis of your study.
Include your research question(s), relevance, and a short statement of your findings.
- Purpose/Problem. What is (are) your hypothesis(es)?
- How did you decide on this project? How did you decide upon your
- What do you plan to accomplish?
- Relevance, if any. Why is this research interesting?
2. Relevance of your research question
- Literature Review--What have others done?
- How does your research relate to a larger question(s)? What contribution
will your project hopefully be able to make to the broader base
of human knowledge?
3. Materials and Methods
- What is your experimental design? Is it statistically sound? What
are the reasons behind the different parts of your experimental
design? Why are or aren't you doing certain things?
- Is your experimental design statistically sound? How do you know?
Did you ask for advice?
- How will you ensure unbiased results?
- How will you ensure that the data collected by the class can be
trusted? Will you show adequately demonstrate your data collection
methods and the importance of consistency?
- Describe important materials and how they will be used.
- Describe other methods. How will you involve the class in your
study? Be specific! Will the class be asked to process data? How?
- Have you included a Data Sheet?
- Include a specific timeline (your own and the class!) of research execution.
4. Results (To be included in your final report)
- Observations. Do you have preliminary results from work done to
date? Include these initial results in this report.
- Think about how best to convey your findings. What types of statistics
will be of use to you? Why?
- How will you best display your results? Graphs, tables? Think
long and hard about this!
- Include statistical tests, tables (numerical data) and figures
(graphs, drawings, etc.) when appropriate.
5. Discussion & Conclusions (For your final report!)
- Based on your background research, your own project, and analysis
of the data, explain why you got the results you did.
- Think beyond the project. How does your work fit in with what others have done? What additional questions do you have?
- What suggestions do you have for further investigation?
6. Literature Cited
- Be sure to include an impressive suite of literature citations
that directly relate to your study. This literature must include
citations from the peer reviewed journals. World Wide Web citations
are of secondary importance!
Natural Systems Lab Teaching Packet Submissions:
- Distribution of Lchen and moss on the trees of the Forest of Oxford (12/15/99) [ Researcher: Max Comisar and Jamie Wells-Section: Nicholson ]
- Final 1 Bug's Life (12/6/99) [ Researcher: Amber Bennet, Sarah Canole, Andrew Watkins-Section: Nicholson ]
- Birth Order, Demographics and Your Personality (11/9/99) [ Researcher: Nick Burns, Kristy Antos, Nicky Ziomek, Lindsey Sabo-Section: Myers ]
- Typology of Western Students in Comparison to Architecture Students (11/4/99) [ Researcher: Nick Frentsos, Sarah Westheimer, Lauren Bohl, Brad Iest-Section: Myers ]
- Final Proposal, Even the squirrels are different (11/2/99) [ Researcher: Mike, Naosuke, Jermey, Amanda and Lyndsey-Section: Myers ]
- Draft II: Society's definition of Beauty vs. Miami University Students' (10/26/99) [ Researcher: Jenny, Melissa, Ali, and Joey-Section: Cummins ]
- Sleeping Patterns Between ARchitect Majors and Western Majors (10/26/99) [ Researcher: Brooke Drcar, Anne Diehl, Leslie Roberts, Brian Molski-Section: Myers ]
- The Effects of Rainfall on the Pollution and Mineral Content of the Western Duck Pond (10/25/99) [ Researcher: Leslie B, Jackie K, Adam G, David S, Pete K, Matt W-Section: Nicholson ]
- Our Brachiopod Brothers in Evolution (10/24/99) [ Researcher: Jenny Germano, Jason Ivaliotis, Caroline Wagner, Kristin McCartney-Section: Cummins ]
- Lab Packet: How swans react to human behavior and other extraneous elements. (10/22/99) [ Researcher: Matt Kelly, Brad Hamilton, Greg Dutton, and Brian Foster -Section: Cummins ]
- The Effects of Household Chemicals on Household Plants (10/22/99) [ Researcher: Amy Hall, John Wood, Chris Kolososki, Matt Howell-Section: Cummins ]
- Draft 1: Human Behavior with Relation to the Lunar Cycle (10/22/99) [ Researcher: Lunar-Mooners-Section: Cummins ]
- Is There A Difference? Societies Definition of Beauty vs. Miami University Students (10/22/99) [ Researcher: Melissa, Ali, Jenny, and Joey-Section: Cummins ]
- Oxford Birds and Feeding Habits (10/21/99) [ Researcher: Malika Kirkling, John Heineman, Katie Casanta, Lene Martin-Section: Cummins ]
- Evaporation at Western Pond as Compared Seasonally (10/21/99) [ Researcher: James Boukalik, Sean Collins, Alec Risch, and Drew Vankat-Section: Cummins ]
- Water COnservation (10/21/99) [ Researcher: Emily Janssens, Katie Leith, Elena Merlino, Megan Ruge-Section: Myers ]
- Petal Attraction (10/21/99) [ Researcher: Bethany Fish, Katie Pekarek, Stephanie Wolfe, Mike Magee-Section: Cummins ]
- Final 1: How Color Affects Mood (10/21/99) [ Researcher: Abby Hoicowitz, Annie McNerney, Lamour Hudson, and Rhett McCoy-Section: Cummins ]
- A Study in the Ecosystems of Aquatic Insects (10/21/99) [ Researcher: Timothy Breihan, Andrew Davis, Christopher Haedt, Michael Loeffelman-Section: Zinn ]
- THE FACELIFT OF A TREE (timeline) (10/21/99) [ Researcher: [ Researcher: KRISTIE, ANDREA, ALICIA, ABENI-Section: Zinn ]
- Plant Chat Lab Packet 1 (10/21/99) [ Researcher: Sarah Shook, Lorri Bazzel, Chris Robbins, Tony Wentz-Section: Nicholson ]
- Final labpacket - Tent caterpillars (10/21/99) [ Researcher: Shannon, Kelsi, Matt, Katie, Ervin-Section: Zinn ]
- The Impact of Humans on the Domestication of Squirrels (10/20/99) [ Researcher: Laura Dean, Jill Dann, Heather Miller, and Cleveland Dodds-Section: Zinn ]
- THE FACELIFT OF A TREE (10/20/99) [ Researcher: KRISTIE, ANDREA, ALICIA, ABENI-Section: Zinn ]
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