NATURAL SCIENCE SEMINAR (SCI 491, SCI 492)
1/2 credit (Attendance)
Link to Schedule, Fall 2011
Link to Schedule, Spring 2012
Note: Research Design (SCI 490 2 cr)
students enrolled in fall, 2009
or later attend Natural Science Seminar (SCI 491, or SCI 492) as
"guests" to fulfill part of the expanded requirments for
Design. Students who completed Research Design for 1
previous years or those students who do not enroll in Research
need to enroll in SCI 491 or SCI 492 for 1/2 credit
to Evaluation form - (adopted August 2009)
D. Collins, Box 6017, convener, (e-mail: email@example.com)
Presentation of a seminar and submitting the archival thesis is a graduation requirement for the science majors listed above. Each person presenting the seminar for the graduation requirement must be registered for the course and complete the attendance requirements. Time slots will be assigned during the Research Design class about one year prior to the presentation. This allows time for the student to plan and complete the research well before the presentation date. The dates for the presentation will be determined by a lottery with accommodations allowed for students' schedules for fall graduation, study abroad, internships. In addition to getting a time slot, each student must register for NS Research Communication (SCI 493) during November or April registration. Obtaining a time slot does not register the student for Research Communication (SCI 493). The student must also register for SCI 493 during the semester before the time slot. The mentor will usually be a member of the WWC science faculty (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Mathematics/Computer Science, or Physics). If a student wishes to work with a faculty outside a department listed above, a science faculty must be obtained to be a co-mentor and must co-sign the student's title at registration time. Each student presenting must submit a title before Monday of week 3 (Sept. 5, 2011). The mentors have the responsibility during the NSS Research class to help the student choose an appropriate topic, guide the student's research and suggest questions and interpretations about the results. The mentor will also listen to the practice sessions of the presentation. It is nearly impossible to make a good presentation without at least a week of practice sessions.
Suitable topics should be sufficiently specific to allow in-depth study, but general enough to avoid becoming so technical that the audience cannot appreciate the study. In addition to the necessary literature study, the topic should involve at least one of the following modes: laboratory study, field study, mathematical modeling, or interpretation of archival data banks. The researcher must clearly present the scientific purpose or objective(s) of the study. The researcher is expected to follow scientific methodologies.
Each presention will need a printed (or on-line to Collins 1 week in advance) abstract and bibliography (30 copies) which includes the title, student's name, and mentor's name. The abstract should be written using the following properties:
A bibliography, alphabetized by first author's last
be printed on the reverse side of the abstract. It is
that the bulk of the bibliography consist of recent
The style for abstracts and bibliographies are outlined in the Research
Handbook, by Dr. Louise Weber.
Each presenter must
the abstract and bibliography electronically
to the coordinator one week before presenting the seminar.
electronic abstract is the day
before the scheduled presentation. The
evaluations will be
returned to the student's mentor only after the electronic copy
abstract has been received. If an electronic
abstract and bibliography are submitted at least one week before
presentation date, the coordinator will post the abstract and
bibliography on the seminar web site for distribution and the
will not require any paper abstracts/bibliographies. A
student may revise the final abstract after the
presentation with no penalty, but the deadline for revision is one
after the presentation. Revisions are often suggested by
at the presentation. The abstracts are published on the
Wide Web along with the
schedule. The published abstracts have received
attention from students and researchers searching for research
so publication of students' work is extremely important.
Photographs of an aspect of the student's work are encouraged to
published along with the abstracts on the Internet. Only
made by the presenter or under the presenter's supervision will be
published. Please send
photos to dcollins via e-mail along with a caption on who made the
The mentor will introduce the seminar speaker and provide
background. Seminar presentations should be succinct -
approximately 25 minutes long (including discussion with the
use of slides, charts, and visuals. Five minutes of the 25
minutes should be allowed for questions. It is important to
the schedule and not run-over the alloted total time of 25
Time is required for announcements and set-up between
length of discussion and the total presentation length will be
by the convenor with the possibility being cut-off if the speaker
beyond the alloted time. This requires work and diligence
on the part of the presenter. Presenters will not be
penalized for making their seminar too short as long as they
address all the items required including critical discussion.
Students design their charts and visuals as well as speaking techniques following the guidelines listed in the Research Design Handbook.
The presentation grade will be determined from the median of the faculty evaluations. Click here to see the form. The presentation counts for 50% of the Research Communication grade. The other 50% of the grade will be determined by the archival paper (Natural Science and Mathematics Senior Thesis) that is evaluated by the mentor (see below).
It is also expected that the audience conduct themselves
for professional meetings. Applause is appropriate when
are introduced and when presenters finish their talks. This
the highest respect for fellow students.
Yelling and other loud vocalizations
are not appropriate.
Guests, friends, and workcrew mates of the presenting students
encouraged to attend. However, please
encourage the guests to attend both seminars and to conduct
in a professional mannor. Otherwise, many
people leaving between the two seminars and the noise making
distraction. This rule will be enforced with
penalty if broken.
It is expected that the presenter practice the presentation with the mentor(s) and peers. The main reason for this is to instill confidence, be able to anticipate questions from the audience, and to insure a scientific understanding. The presentation is a major highlight of a student's college carreer. It is the time to be proud of one's accomplishments.
The thesis should follow the following format:
The thesis will contain the completed study and address problems that may not have been solved in the research course. Students should pace themselves in the Research Communication course so that they can complete both the oral presentation and the thesis before the deadline(s).
ACADEMIC HONESTY: Perhaps more than any other
science research depends on objectivity and honesty on the part of
researcher. Falsification of facts (making-up data),
or plagiarism, cheating, or other unethical behavior could result
F for the assignment in question or an F for the course. A
describing the incident may also be sent to the Dean as part of a
permanent record. This course abides by the campus policy on
honesty as stated in the WWC student handbook.
Special Needs Accomodations. Any student eligible for and needing academic accommodations because of a documented disability is requested to meet with Deborah Braden, Educational Access Coordinator, Dodge House, ext. 3791 or firstname.lastname@example.org to prepare an accommodation plan. Examples of disabilities include: extreme anxiety with public speaking, neurological speech impediment, visual and auditory handicap, and others. This should be done during the first 2 weeks. Please do not come to the faculty one week before presentation time with a disability problem. A disability does not excuse a person from conducting and presenting the research. The methods for presentation may be non-conventional as with Stephen Hawking.