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The book discusses planning research, writing a research proposal (whether for a formal proposal for thesis research, or for a research proposal for a funding agency such as the National Science Foundation), writing a research report (such as a graduate thesis, or a manuscript for publication in a research journal), and presenting research at research seminars and scientific meetings. The final chapter covers writing an effective CV. An appendix provides tips on how to write clearly. Throughout, the book is illuminated with personal examples from the authors' own experiences and there is a strong emphasis on problems associated with field studies. This concise guide is intended for students at all levels. The guidelines apply equally to independent projects for introductory biology, directed-study projects, undergraduate senior theses, master's theses, doctoral dissertations, and research aimed at publication.
How to write a research proposal, submission process, how to present research, prepare a curriculum vitae, grant sources.
Preface; 1. How to plan research; 2. How to write a research proposal; 3. How to write a research report; 4. How to present research; 5. How to write a curriculum vitae; Appendices; A. How to write clearly; B. How to contact NSF and other US grant sources; Reading and references; Index.