FINAL PROJECT:Structures and Arguments > Laboratory Documentation for Pre-Metastatic Niche Biology Basics and Techniques

Audience: New incoming undergraduate students to the lab and both postdocs and the principal investigator of the lab

Context: This laboratory document will be written in the context of the fact that our laboratory and it's research are relatively new. Undergraduate students in the past, such as myself, enter the lab forced into a steep learning curve and need to pick-up both the laboratory lingo and jargon very quickly. Few articles or reviews exist to inform new lab members, and so this task falls to the post docs and principal investigator to spend their time teaching new undergraduates. The overall productivity of the lab would be much better achieved if students could come in "hitting the ground running."

Purpose: To inform and catch up new undergraduate students with the laboratory research and new projects. Additionally, very common techniques used in the lab will be explained in the directions/manual section.

Document Type: Really a combination of three documents, including a cover letter/definitions page, a summary essay, and a directions/manual section. These will all be included as the incoming undergraduate laboratory document.
May 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMKE
M -- be thinking about how to handle style and tone, in ways that reflect the social climate of your laboratory group.

Also, be deliberate in use of voice. For example, "you" and "we" in the instructions.

Take care to warn about failure risk in the procedures. Danger, too, if this applies.
May 5, 2017 | Registered CommenterMarybeth Shea