In the last part of the project, you need to organize and interpret your data, state your results, and
draw some kind of conclusion from it, in the form of a research paper just like something you might submit to a journal.
This should be formatted as a real paper : 10-11pt font, single-spaced, 2 column, and a 1-2 pages in length (i.e. one page, double-sided). Tables and figures should be imbedded in the text, with legends as appropriate.
The paper should consist of the following sections, in order (labeling these sections headings is optional):
- Title : Something like "Isolation of a novel agar-degrading strain of Sporocytophaga"
- Author : You
- Institituion : Department of Biological Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC USA
- a 2 or 3 sentence summary of your results
- A one paragraph review of background material - perhaps about this class, ending with a summary of what this paper is about.
- Material & Methods
- A one paragraph summary of your experimental methods (in lab and on the computer). Feel free to cite the lab web site for details, e.g. media, PCR condition, DNA preparation, &c.
- What were the results in each part of the work? Include images, tables or figures where needed (this had better include your final tree!)
- How well did different parts of the analysis agree?
- What kind of organism do you seem to have? Can you specify the species? Genus? Family?
- Is this consistent with what you know about the organisms microbiologically?
- What does the phylogenetic placement of your organism tell you about it?
- What can you predict about your organism based on its phylogenetic placements?
- What can't you predict about your organism based on its phylogenetic placements?
If you got significant help from another student on the computer-ology of this project, please include an "Acknowledgement" note after the Discussion telling me who helped, so I can give some trivial token of appreciation to that student, in the form of extra points on their Term Project.