ENTO 491-Research

Project oriented, faculty supervised research. Projects should be hypothesis driven and provide students with appropriate scientific research experience.

It is the student’s responsibility to seek out and identify a faculty member and project that meets the above criteria for their credit. Students should be engaged with the faculty at each step of this application process and work with them to identify and develop a project and conduct research.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students should demonstrate critical thinking skills by establishing testable hypotheses, presenting logical experimental methods, analyzing data, interpreting results, and discussing findings.
  2. Students should demonstrate technical competency through correct usage of terminology, concepts, principles, and logic in all elements of the research project.

Expectations:

The expectation is that students should obligate 3 hours of lab time per week per credit hour (for a long term, i.e., fall and spring).  The workload per week will vary depending on the project and part of term.

Students are required to consult with their intended professor of record to determine expectations for the agreed upon number of credit hours before completing the application link below.

Students must submit a research proposal as part of the application process. The research proposal must include a title page and the following (in APA format):

1. Students must turn in a 1-2 page formal proposal for Research before student will be registered. Students will not be registered for Research credit hours until a formal proposal is on file in the Entomology Undergraduate Programs Office. The proposal must include the title page and the following:

Proposal Content:
– Describe the overall question or problem your research will address.
– Provide a section on scientific background that may be relevant to the research being done.
– List and describe specific objectives to attain the above goal and provide a brief description of how each objective will be achieved.
– Describe how this research will be useful for the relevant field of study; what will it add to the current knowledge base.

2. Proposal Formatting:

• Student’s proposals must be in APA format, double spaced, 12 pt font. A title page* with the following information must be included with the student’s proposal:
– Student’s Name, UIN
– Number of Credit Hours
– Semester (Fall, Spring, first-second or 10-week Summer)
– Registration Year
– Major
– Date, Student Phone, Student Address, Student Email
– Faris, Ashleigh, ashleigh.faris@tamu.edu
– Supervisor, Supervisor Title, Supervisor Company, Supervisor
– Phone, Email & Fax
*Proposals without a title page will not be processed

3. Documents should be saved in the following file format: StudentLast,StudentFirst_ENTO491_Faris (or ENTO 291)
4. The project will be reviewed, and more information may be requested.
5. The student must complete this online application and submit the proposal to the Entomology Undergraduate Programs Office using the links provided at the bottom of this page, prior to being registered.
Submission of an application does not guarantee approval of research or registration for the credit hours for which a student is requesting. It is the student’s responsibility to check their TAMU email account for correspondence regarding their application.

Registration Process:

Once your proposal is received an email will be sent to Dr. Faris for review and approval. You will not be registered for Research credit until Dr. Faris has verified your proposal and approved your project(s) with the Faculty Mentor. Be sure you have verified your project proposal with your Faculty Mentor prior to submitting your application.

Enrollment/Employment Requirements:

Faculty Mentors must be engaged in forensically relevant research with experience and publications in forensic journals. Research must be directly connected to forensic science with a faculty member engaged in forensic research. Students and Faculty Mentors must comply with all enrollment and/or employment policies associated with ENTO 291/491 Research. Mentors should be familiar with these policies prior to the development of a ENTO 291/491 Research project and recruitment of students into ENTO 491 Research.  Students should also be familiar with these policies prior to agreeing to participate ENTO 291/491 Research. Students and Mentors should consult the Entomology Academic Advising or Human Resources staff as to the current policies.

Documentation Required for Final Grade:

Final grade will be assigned based on assessment of these learning outcomes, and content evaluation of the following documents:

  1. Research proposal (submitted at time of application).
  2. Final project report, an expanded version of your research proposal.

Include the proposal and build upon it to include summarized activities, experiences, results, discussion, conclusions, and references (if utilized) in manuscript format (double spaced, 12 pt font, up to 10-pages, 1500 word minimum), according to a journal appropriate to your field.

  1. Project journal or laboratory notebook.

This should detail your work on your project duties over the course of your Research experience.

The journal description should indicate that the student should keep a journal that indicates activities conducted each day. They should indicate date and amount of time allocated (by day).

Approximately 2 weeks before the end of the semester, registered students will be sent a web link for document uploading. The questionnaire and those documents are due by the last class day of the semester in which the student is registered.

Technical difficulties are the responsibility of the student and sometimes occur; therefore, we strongly encourage students to submit the documents well in advance of the deadline to allow for troubleshooting in the event that technical difficulties occur.

Application Deadlines/Links:

Summer 2021
ENTO 491: https://tamuag.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9Qw42EsiDRt3TtH
(students MUST be admitted to the upper division portion of the ENTO program to be eligible for ENTO 484)
ENTO 291: https://tamuag.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3wNchtTkS9O2fhr
Deadline: May 24, 2021

Fall 2021
ENTO 491:  https://tamuag.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_erqlvjik4yZhNWK
(students MUST be admitted to the upper division portion of the ENTO program to be eligible for ENTO 484)
ENTO 291:  https://tamuag.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_da3NOCaCcbJv91I
Deadline: August 20, 2021

Spring 2022
ENTO 491:  https://tamuag.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_erqlvjik4yZhNWK
(students MUST be admitted to the upper division portion of the ENTO program to be eligible for ENTO 484)
ENTO 291:  https://tamuag.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_da3NOCaCcbJv91I
Deadline: January 7, 2022

Summer 2022
ENTO 491:  https://tamuag.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_erqlvjik4yZhNWK
(students MUST be admitted to the upper division portion of the ENTO program to be eligible for ENTO 484)
ENTO 291:  https://tamuag.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_da3NOCaCcbJv91I
Deadline: May 20, 2022

 

 

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