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WritingAssignment - EEB 122b Guidelines and Helpful Tips...

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EEB 122b Guidelines and Helpful Tips for the Writing Assignments This assignment is designed to have you engage with the original scientific literature so as to learn to think about it critically and creatively. You are to read the papers addressing your chosen topic, communicate their interest and substance, and synthesize, evaluate, and criticize their arguments. The essays will be approximately 20% summary of the articles and 80% analysis/criticism/synthesis. Do not model your writing on the original literature; rather, write reviews or proposals for an imagined audience of other interested Yale students. Essays should be 15-20 pages, double-spaced. Your essay will take one of two distinct forms: a research proposal, or a review essay. If you choose the format of a Research Proposal , your essay should include: 1. An introduction that convinces your readers that what you propose is important and interesting. It should start from the general and move to the particular, and it should make explicit connections to ideas and results widely recognized as important. 2. At the end of your introduction, clearly frame your proposal as a list of questions or hypotheses. 3. Demonstrate that it can be done. Here you must rely on the papers you have read. This step has both a logical and a practical part. The logic must be clear and convincing. The methods proposed must be doable and must have a clear, demonstrable relationship to the logic. Always remember that at the end of a scientific project someone is going to ask, Does their experiment have anything to do with their hypothesis? What is a clever alternative explanation that they have not thought of and for which they have not planned a control? Your experiments should be designed to provide convincing answers to such questions. Thus it may be appropriate to have both a section on logical derivation that makes clear why you chose to test these particular hypotheses, and a section on
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