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Biology Research Assignment

By Michael Lowry


  • To become aware of and develop an appreciation for science in the world around us.

Target Audience:

  • Students of biology


Relate a specific aspect of biology to its current impact on the world around us. Students must write a 3-5 page typewritten, double-spaced report.


Use 3-5 sources that are reference books, textbooks, or articles in periodicals. Do not use encyclopedias.


  • Topic approval - Quiz grade
    The topic must be defined (explained) in one clearly written paragraph.

  • Rough draft - Lab grade
    Two copies required

  • Works Cited - Quiz grade
    This page will be submitted with the rough draft. Have this page checked for form and accuracy of information before signing the paper.

  • Peer Editing - Lab grade

  • Final Paper - Special Project grade
    Two copies required

  • Summary of Final Paper
    Students will be responsible for writing a one-page summary of another classmate's final paper.

  • Presentation - Quiz grade

  • Peer Evaluation - Quiz grade
    Evaluation of Presentations

Some Suggested Topics:

  • Immunology
  • Energy systems
  • Geology
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Tropical rain forest
  • Genetics
  • Medicine
  • Animal behavior
  • Internet
  • Pathology
  • Lasers in medicine
  • Environmental
  • Botany
  • Marine biology
  • Entymology

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Content - 75%
  • The paper includes the assigned subtopics.
  • Each section is clearly explained.
  • Any vocabulary not commonly known is defined within the test of the paper.
  • The paper gives accurate information.
  • The paper presents one specific aspect of science.
  • The paper describes the current impact of that specific aspect on the world around us.

Structural Considerations - 25%

  • The paper is written to be read as a complete text.
  • The paper uses complete sentences.
  • The paper uses correct grammatical structure.
  • The paper uses correct spelling.

Grading Check Sheet:

_____ The paper covers the assigned topic.
_____ The student explains the material in his own words.
_____ The paper is well organized, with
_____ a well-developed introductory paragraph,
_____ use of supporting details in the following paragraphs, and
_____ a summary or concluding paragraph that demonstrates the writer's understanding of the paper.
_____The student uses correct grammar and punctuation.
_____The student correctly uses scientific terminology.
_____The paper clearly explains information.
_____The student demonstrates knowledge of the topic.

Presentation Critique Sheet: Name of Presenter:

Title of Presentation:

(Circle the number that appropriately ranks the student's use of the following elements, using 5 as the highest. Do not rank an element that is not applicable.)
Clarity of Language:1 2 3 4 5
Public Speaking Ability:1 2 3 4 5
Use of visual aids, support materials:1 2 3 4 5
Explanation of Content:1 2 3 4 5
Handling of Subject:1 2 3 4 5
Relevance of Topic to Course:1 2 3 4 5

Additional Comments:


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