MB 433 Term Paper
Due: March 23, 2009
The term paper will be on one of the following topics to be selected after consultation with the
1) Influence of microorganisms on hydrological cycle
2) How the environment controls susceptibility of plants or animals to a disease
3) How a molecular technique is used to study function or diversity of microorganisms in
the natural environment
The term paper should explore an aspect of one of the topic areas listed above with sufficient
focus and detail to demonstrate as if you were preparing to do research on this aspect of the topic.
Contents should provide details of experimental methods, biochemical pathways, and molecular
biology of the subject matter.
The term paper will be between 5 and 8 double-spaced, type-written pages with 1 inch margins.
The paper will contain the following: Title, Introduction, Supporting Evidence, Conclusions,
Bibliography, Figures, Diagrams, Tables.
The Introduction should let the reader know the present state-of-science of the topic area and
cite references supporting the statements. The introduction should also clearly articulate the
purpose of the paper. What is the question being examined? What is the objective of the paper?
The Supporting Evidence will make up the bulk of the paper and should also contain references
identifying the source of the information you include.
The Conclusions should be presented at the end of the paper. Express your own conclusions that
you obtained after reviewing the available published information.
In addition to the above sections, you should also include at the end of the paper a bibliography
(complete citations using American Society for Microbiology Journal format) of the articles you
cited in the paper. Ten to twenty current references of peer-reviewed journal articles (2000 to
2009) are a reasonable number to use. Website sources are not acceptable citations.
In addition, if you want full credit for the paper, you should include as an appendix, at the end of
the paper figures, diagrams or tables of supporting data. These should be referenced in the
body of the paper.
You are expected to use proper English sentence structure and grammar in the paper and will be
marked off for excessive misspellings, poor sentence and paragraph structure, etc.
Papers turned in after the deadline will be marked down 3 points for every class period it is tardy
after the due date.
Students are required to discuss their topic with instructor after cursory investigation of
the information available by February 9, 2009
Students are required to submit an outline of the information to be covered in term paper
by March 2, 2009