Directed Research - Writing Intensive
This course consists of laboratory or field investigation of selected areas of research, done under the direction of a faculty mentor. The course is writing intensive. Students will have the opportunity to present the results of their research in the format of a scientific article. They will learn to survey the current literature in their area of research, organize data, use statistical analyses if appropriate, and effectively communicate the results of their experiments through construction of tables, graphs, and other figures. Also, students will draw conclusions from their data and use persuasive arguments to convince readers of their interpretations of the data. Students are required to write a 10-15 page paper in the format of a scientific article. This course is graded pass/fail, and the final grade is based on successful completion of the article.