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									BIOLOGY 501 – SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
       AND PRESENTATION



       www.uncw.edu/people/roer
              LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of this course YOU SHOULD:

•Have gotten a good, solid start on your thesis prospectus.
•Have the library skills necessary to research your thesis topic.
•Know the minimum laboratory safety skills required to prevent
        injury to you and your students.
•Be aware that knowledge of statistics is important and that you
        need to consult with a statistician (or someone equally
        knowledgeable) BEFORE you commit to a research
        design.
•Be acquainted with the scientific method and the elements of
        experimental design.
•Have an appreciation of some of the considerations of scientific
        writing and presentation.
•Understand and appreciate the range of issues regarding the
        responsible conduct of research.
              Requirements and Grading

You will be expected to complete:

• a draft of the literature review section of your prospectus
         by the last scheduled class
• the CITI Responsible Conduct of Research module (evidenced
         by copy of the certificate of completion)
• a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research Proposal


Grades are calculated on a 10 point scale and will be based
upon the mid-term exam (20%), completion of the CITI module
(20%), a short (2-3 slide) PowerPoint presentation on your
research topic (5%), participation in the paper and seminar
discussions (5%), Sigma Xi GIAR proposal (10%) and the
literature review portion of your prospectus (40%).
    M.S. Biology and Marine Biology vs.
            M.S. Marine Science

• Biology and Marine Biology are housed and
       administered totally within the Department of
       Biology & Marine Biology. Core courses are all
       in biology content areas.

• Marine Science is administered by the Center
       for Marine Science. Core courses stress
       interdisciplinary content chosen among
       biological, geological, chemical and
       physical oceanography.
• Each program has its own degree requirements,
      procedures, schedules, exams and forms
      (as outlined in the graduate handbooks for
      biology & marine biology and
      marine science).

• Both programs conform to the Graduate
       Catalogue and employ the forms and
       procedures available on the Graduate
       School web page:

      http://www.uncw.edu/grad_info/
E-mail:
       Use your UNCW account!
       It’s the official means of communication
       You can forward your e-mail, but:
               You can overload your account
               No guarantees, no support


@UNCW and SeaPort:
    Announcements, chat rooms, utilities:

      http://www.uncw.edu/
Before the End of Semester 1:

____ Set up thesis committee, submit
      Committee Assignment form to office.
____ Meet with thesis committee to discuss
      research project and design, fill out
      Graduate Degree Plan and First Thesis
      Committee Meeting Report and submit to
      Graduate Coordinator (GC).
____ Discuss and sign Authorship Form with
      advisor, submit form to office.
____ Complete first draft (at least lit. review) of
      prospectus.
     Residency for Tuition Purposes


1. Establish and maintain a domicile in NC for at least
   12 months.

2. Be physically present in the state for that period.

3. Intend to make NC your permanent home

4. Have come to NC not merely to attend UNCW
What is your permanent address?
Are you registered to vote?
Where did you last vote?
Where did you last obtain a driver’s license?
Where is your car registered?
Do you own a home/real estate?
Where is your personal property listed for taxation?
      (if you’ve registered your car, you’ve listed
      property for taxation)
Where did you file state income tax?
      Did you file as a NC resident?
Where did you live before enrolling?
Where do you maintain memberships in
      professional organizations?
             The Prospectus

• Literature Review
  • Introduce the subject
  • Review the literature
  • Show how your project relates to what’s known
• Hypothesis(es)
  • Provide a clear statement of hypothesis or
      hypotheses to be tested
• Methods and Experimental Design
  • Enumerate techniques, sample/site numbers
     and method(s) of analysis
• Courses
  • List courses taken, in progress, and those you
      plan to take
Prospectus Example 1

Prospectus Example 2
The Written & Oral Comprehensive Exams
• Marine Science – Written and Oral Exams
    • Written taken in 2nd semester – after core courses

• Marine Science, Biology, Marine Biology – Oral Exam

    •To be taken during summer before or in the first 2 weeks
    of your third semester in residence

    • Scope
        • Discuss at 2nd committee meeting
        • General biological knowledge
            • recent course work
            • stuff you should know
        • Command of discipline relating to thesis research

• Diagnostic
    • Possibility for remediation of deficiencies
           Bibliographic Software


Endnote - available on-line for free and for
      your personal computer ($)

         http://www.endnote.com/
Grants and Research Support

     UNCW Awards and Links

        http://www.uncw.edu/
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
            Grants-in-Aid of Research
      Fellowships for Graduate Student Travel

                http://www.sicb.org/



                    Sigma Xi
              Grants-in-Aid of Research

              http://www.sigmaxi.org/
National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowships
                  www.asee.org/ndseg
NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
 https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/fastlane.jsp
 The National Academies Fellowships

http://www7.nationalacademies.org/fellowships/
The Crustacean Society awards four graduate student research
fellowships on an annual basis. These fellowships include the Denton
Belk Memorial Scholarship in Large Branchiopod Research (US$1500), and
three US$1000 TCS graduate fellowships in the areas of (1) crustacean
systematics, evolution and/or biogeography, (2) crustacean population
genetics and/or physiology, and (3) crustacean ecology and/or behavior.

Additional information and an application form can be obtained from The
Crustacean Society website: http://www.vims.edu/tcs/ and clicking on
"student information" in the sidebar.

Applicants and their major professor/mentor must be members of The
Crustacean Society to be eligible for a fellowship.

								
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