Science Project Proposal Guidelines
The project proposal is essentially the submission of your idea for approval. You need to
research your idea before you submit it to make sure it is possible and that it is scientifically
sound. Your proposal must be typed in to the proposal template posted on my website and
must include the following information. Late proposals will receive half credit. You will present
your idea to the class and turn in your typed up proposal to Mr. Bausback after you present it to
Put your name or both names (if you have a partner) at the top of your sheet. Remember, you
may not change partners or your “solo” status after this date.
1. Question: State your question. It must be in the form of:
“How does __________ affect __________?”
The blanks need to be very specific and measurable. For example, “How does pollution affect
humans?” is vague and not measurable. A modified version, such as “How does the
concentration of dioxin in water affect the number of eggs produced by water snails?” is much
better. It has one variable (the dioxin concentration) and a measurable effect (the number of
eggs laid). This is graded on how specific and measurable your question is.
2. Experiment: Describe how you will set up your experiment and then answer these
questions. Be very specific.
1. What is the one factor you will vary?
2. What measurements will you take?
3. What factors will be held constant?
4. What will be in your control group?
3. Relevance & Value: Describe how this project has value and is relevant in our world. In
the example above, dioxin is a pollutant present in many food related products, such as paper
milk cartons. If it causes reproductive harm, this is highly relevant in our world and has value.
An example of an irrelevant project could be something like, “How do various household
chemicals affect plant growth?” No one is going to be dumping windex, bleach, and pool acid
in their houseplants, so this project has no valuable and relevant outcome.
4. Mentor & Research: Do you have a scientist who has agreed to be your mentor? What
are your mentor's name, title, e-mail address, and phone number? How much contact have you
had (be specific)? Describe what you have learned about your project from your mentor.
Describe the other research you have done relating to your projects theme and question.
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How your Project Proposal will be Graded:
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Question: How specific and measurable your question is and you followed the format.
0 1 2 3 4 5 Experiment: How well you answered the four questions (variable, measurements, constants, control)
0 1 2 3 4 5 Originality: How unique and creative your idea is. Is this a new idea?
0 1 2 3 4 5 Potential: How much potential does this idea have to be a great project?
0 1 2 3 4 5 How Advanced: Is this more of a junior high project or a high school honors project?
0 1 2 3 4 5 Relevance and Value: How much you have shown that your project is relevant to the world.
0 1 2 3 4 5 Mentor: You have a non-family scientist (BS, MS, or PHD) who has agreed to be your mentor.
0 1 2 3 4 5 Research: How much you’ve learned about your question from research and your mentor.
0 1 2 3 4 5 Presentation: Your proposal is typed and you presented it to the class.
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