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This guide was created for the students in Professor Ann Marie Moreno's Biology 260 class. This guide is flexible - please feel free to suggest content.
STEP 2: Creating a main question and hypotheses
Due: 11:59 pm on 5/4
10 points (see breakdown below)
From the papers the instructor approves, choose one as the main focus for your project (your target article). It should be a paper that you can easily propose future research for.
You will now create a question that your proposed work will aim to answer and several hypotheses. The discussion section of the target article will provide information about what the authors believe should be the next step in their research. It will often be written as such: “This is still not well understood”; “Future work will involve…”; “… these observations may mean…”, “… our conclusions suggest…”, etc. It is important that these phrases do not have a citation associated with them (which indicates someone else has already studied them). Choose one of authors’ suggestions to be the main focus of your proposal and submit the following in a single document in Teams:
STEP 3: Finding similar references
Due by 11:59 pm on 5/7
2 points (1 point per PDF submitted)
Find two more papers that are closely related to the topic of your target article.
Now we will begin building your proposal for future research. Any proposal starts with an introduction of background material on the topic being studied (disease models, recent discoveries, technology and methods currently used, etc.). This information comes from previous research reported in papers such as your target article.