Scenario: The scientist Trust for Ocean Science provides a total of $10 million in awards to support scientific research of the ocean and coastlines for a period of three years. The emphasis of this year’s program is the connection between ocean and climate change. The average level of funding per award is usually between $150,000 and $1,500,000, spread over three years. All investigators, that means you, must be the lead scientists on the project and be fully responsible for supervising the effort.

You are the scientist leading this project and your plan must be realistic.

Students will apply a scientific approach to a current scientific question by designing and describing a research study that will acquire knowledge on a topic of their own selection within the broad field of the ocean and climate change.

Length: Students will describe their research study in a 750-900 word-long essay. Proposals over 950 words will be subject to a penalty ranging between 5 and 30 points. Summary after title, figure captions and bibliography are not included in word limit.

Style: Write in third person narrative style.

Do not plagiarize or use quotations – write in your own words

Format: The proposal should be organized into the following sections, and each should have the heading listed below:

Page 1 – Title, Name of Principal Investigator, and

Summary – 60-75 word-long summary of entire project.

Beginning on Page 2

I. Introduction – establishes the context, framework and importance for the research and ends with a clear and well-focused statement of the question or hypothesis to be addressed and the two-three sentence summary of the methodology to be used. (1/2- 3/4 pages)

II. Background – provides just enough background information on the subject to be able to identify what is presently known and where additional knowledge needs to acquired (1/2 page)

III. Project Description – describes the proposed project design in as much detail as possible to answer the Who, What, Where and How? (and how long?) Describe the scientific experiment, test, computer model, computer analysis or field study that you propose to complete to obtain knowledge that may be used address the question or test of the hypothesis. (1 page)

IV. Data Analysis – describe the plan to analyze the acquired data in order to make a potential conclusion once the study is completed (1/4 page)

V. Potential Significance and Implications – offer your thoughts on the potential importance of your study (1/4 page)

VI. Reference List (not included in word limit).

At least two figures (graphics), with descriptive captions, are required.

Grading Criteria Scoring will be based on writing quality (30 points), critical and creative thinking, and scientific knowledge of the topics covered in this class (110 points).


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