MS 498 - Senior Research

Professor: Erich Friedman

What is this course?

This is the continuation of MS 497. Now that you have an advisor and a research topic, you should continue work on your project. At the end of the semester, you will write up your results and present them to the department.

Is it too late to change my research topic?

Yes, though you may find you need to modify your proposed project and do less if the project is too hard or do more if the project is too easy.

How will this work?

You will continue meeting with your advisor on a weekly basis. As coordinator, I will meet with you at the beginning of every month, and your contact your advisor separately to get an update on your project. This is a 3 credit course, so plan to spend at least 6 hours per week on your research.

What sort of paper is expected?

You will use the same WORD template as last semester. Presumably you will have more tables, figures and results, so your paper will be longer. I encourage you to write results as you get them rather than wait for the end of the semester. You should be formal and precise in your paper. A rough draft is due before the final draft. For both the rough draft and final draft, you should give a paper copy to your advisor and an electronic copy to the organizer.

What sort of presentation is expected?

You should use PowerPoint or overhead slides. You should plan to talk for 20-25 minutes about your problem and what you did this semester. Assume your audience came to your proposal so they are generally familiar with your topic, but remind them of any pertinent definitions or details. Your presentation may be less formal and less complete than your final paper.

What's the timeline?

First Day of Class Wednesday, August 25
Abstract of Project Due Friday, October 8
Rough Draft of Paper Due Wednesday, November 17
Final Paper Due Wednesday, November 24
Research Presentations December 6, 7, and 8

Who will be grading me?

Your grade will be determined by the entire department faculty. Your advisor and the coordinator will determine your midterm grade.

How am I graded?

You will be graded on how well the faculty think you understand your problem, and how much progress you have made on it this semester. Things that will negatively impact your grade: not keeping to the deadlines above, missing meetings with your advisor, making little or no progress on a weekly basis, not making the indicated changes in your rough draft, writing a sloppy or incomplete paper, giving a poor presentation, or being unable to answer questions about your project.

Can you give me some percentages?

Your grade will be determined 10\% on whether you keep your meetings with your advisor and make steady progress, 65\% on your research paper, and 25\% on your presentation. Failure to meet the above deadlines will be penalized 5\% per day.

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