research biology project

    The topic of the paper should cover some aspect of the broad field of Biology (Pick something
    from the syllabus).
    It must be at least 1000 words in length (NOT including references). For a chance of maximum
    credit, closely follow the instructions, as described.
    Originality of the Research Paper will be checked by submission to Turnitin by the instructor.
    Your research paper should be typed with page number, double-spaced on standard-
    sized paper (8.5″ x 11″) with 1″ margins on all sides. You should use 12 pt. size, Times New
    Submit the completed research paper online through canvas on time.
    Grading breakdown
    Parameter Meaning Value (%)
    Timeliness Submitted on Canvas by due date 5 (10%)
    Stlye/format Following the guidance outlined in the directions 10 (20%)
    Content Quality of writing/storytelling/flow 15 (30%)
    Grammar/spelling No spelling mistakes! Proper sentence structure! 10 (20%)
    Referencing Following the guidance outlined in the directions 10 (20%)

    First Page is the Cover page should include the following:
    At the top page: Running head: SHORTENED TITLE OF YOUR PAPER
    At the middle of the page: Full Title of Paper
    o Students Name
    o College Name
    o Professors Name
    o Course Name
    o Course Index # and
    o Date you hand in this paper
    Second page is Table of Contents page:
    Table of Contents (TOC) should always come after your cover page. In TOC give the main
    sections of your paper and the page number of where those sections begin. When formatting your
    TOC, be sure to use the Tabs option under the Formatting Toolbar, as that will help you create
    leaders and align your page numbers.

    Third Page is Abstract Page – Summary (approximately 100 words)
    Center the word Abstract one inch from the top of the page. The abstract should be a single
    paragraph without indentation.
    Even though the summary is positioned at the beginning of the paper, it should be the last part of
    the paper you complete! All components of the paper (NOT including references) should be
    evident within these 100 words.
    4th, 5th and 6th Pages are your Main paper
    Type in the Full Title of Your Paper and Start typing in your paper. When you type in your
    paper, the first line must be indented by an inch. This is called a first line indent.
    You will write a minimum of two (2) pages on this topic (excluding graphs and pictures).
    Paper Structure
    I. Introduction/background (approximately 300 words)
    This part of the paper should contain a short history of the topic you have chosen. This may
    include the origins of the name, early observations of the phenomenon, and/or important people
    who contributed most significantly to what is known. You could also briefly discuss what
    interested you about your chosen topic.
    II.State of the science (approximately 300 words)
    In this section I expect a description of the important biological aspects of the topic. How does
    it work? Describe the mechanism of the disease and/or the key aspects of the
    biology/physiology/ecology being discussed.
    III. Future directions (approximately 300 words)
    Finally, discuss the limitations of what is known about the topic and/or what scientists are trying
    to find out or develop. Examples would include aspects of biology or physiology that are not
    understood and things being done to deal with a problem/disease.
    References (not part of the 1000 words!)
    Last page on your paper is the Reference page. (Only include the references you used in your
    The REFERENCES page is alphabetized according to the authors last name. Each reference
    usually has the following: author, year of publication, title of book or article (Capitalize
    only the first word of the title), volume numbers or page numbers and publication data.
    Notice that if one citation takes up more than one line, the remaining lines in that citation are
    indented by an inch. This is called a hanging indent. Please consult the Citation handout for
    more information. Also, dont use a period at the end of a web address.
    Reference materials related to your topic should be from 2 different sources, i.e. textbooks,
    scientific publications/journals, internet, newspaper, magazine etc. The reference articles must be
    published within the last five years.

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