Planning, Proposing and Presenting Science Effectively: A Guide for Graduate Students and Researchers in the Behavioral Sciences and Biology / Edition 2

Planning, Proposing and Presenting Science Effectively: A Guide for Graduate Students and Researchers in the Behavioral Sciences and Biology / Edition 2

by Jack P. Hailman, Karen B. Strier
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521826470

ISBN-13: 9780521826471

Pub. Date: 08/31/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This concise guide to planning, writing, and presenting research, especially in biology and behavioral ecology, is intended for students of all levels. The guidelines apply equally to independent projects for introductory courses, directed research-study projects, and undergraduate senior theses, as well as to master's theses, doctoral dissertations, and research…  See more details below

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This concise guide to planning, writing, and presenting research, especially in biology and behavioral ecology, is intended for students of all levels. The guidelines apply equally to independent projects for introductory courses, directed research-study projects, and undergraduate senior theses, as well as to master's theses, doctoral dissertations, and research aimed at publication. Guides the reader through a discussion of the nature of scientific research, how to plan research, and obtain funding, Discusses writing a research proposal, whether for a formal proposal for thesis research to be written by a graduate student, or for a research proposal for a funding agency such as the National Science Foundation (using the Dissertation Improvement Grant format as a specific example), Deals with writing a research project such as a graduate thesis, or a manuscript for publication in a research journal, Gives advice and guidelines for presenting the results of research at research seminars and scientific meetings, and also provides useful tips on preparing abstracts and posters for scientific meetings, Shows how to write an effective c.v, Gives tips on how to write clearly, common abbreviations (including Latin phrases), and difficult inflections, as well as other issues.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521826471
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/31/2006
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 How to plan research 1

Scientific epistemology 2

Planning research 17

2 How to write a research proposal 34

Format 36

Criteria for evaluation 38

Feedback 41

Proposal content 43

The submission process 60

The review process 61

What to do while waiting for a decision 62

3 How to write a research report 64

Front matter 66

Body of the report 71

End matter 77

References 78

Tables and figures 89

Submission and review 95

4 How to present research 108

Research seminars 110

Audiovisual aids 118

Talks at scientific meetings 136

Posters at scientific meetings 143

5 How to write a curriculum vitae 149

Personal information 151

Education 153

Honors, awards, and similar recognitions 155

Grants 157

Publications 158

Professional talks 160

Teaching 161

Miscellaneous optional information 162

Appendixes 165

A How to write clearly 165

Generalities 168

The three primary rules 170

Structure 171

Numbers 174

Abbreviations and animal names 178

Using signs, symbols, and marks 182

Difficult inflections 185

Problematic pairs 188

Using a word processor 194

A final suggestion 202

B Ethics considerations 203

Planning research 204

Proposing research 208

Presenting research 210

Presenting scientific credentials 214

Final comments 215

Further reading 216

Index 220

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