FINAL PROJECT:Structures and Arguments > your First Semester in a Neuroscience Laboratory: What do you Need to Know?

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Beginning: I will start by using a question like "feeling overwhelmed? Ive been there!" I will try to make them feel like we are equals and emphasize that I know how hard it is to be in their shoes. I will go on to explaining the real life medical applications the research can have and why it is important in the grand scheme of things. A brief glossary with basic definitions will be here. This will explain abbreviations and simplified vocabulary.

Middle: This is where I will get into the background information specific to my lab. I will go through how we smell. I will start with the odor going through the nostrils and activating receptors within the olfactory epithelium. I will go through the excitatory and inhibitory circuits that are important to olfaction. I will also go through the layers of the olfactory bulb and the function of each layer. I will take the reader all the way through to smell perception and explain the parts of the brain relevant to our studies. I will also relay the findings of a research article in Nature that studies something similar in order to emphasize to the reader that this research is relevant. It gives a real life application of the work at UMD. I will complete with 3 lab procedures and 1 computer direction.


End: I will touch on again how it can be relevant to students of many disciplines. And where to go for more questions. I will credit those people in my lab who helped me gain this knowledge. Suggest further reading and explain what we hope to find with further research.

LOGOS: 1) layers of the bulb and basic terminology 2) how we smell 3)relevant journal article including the work of a researcher who studies similar mechanisms 4) 3 procedural instructions 4) 1 computer instruction 5) conclusions and connection to larger medicine

PATHOS: experienced lab staff and 4 journal articles explaining the mechanisms of olfaction. All of the sources used were given to me to read when I started. I hope to summarize these as best I can. Procedures are standard from the lab but may be adapted in terms of structure and wording.

ETHOS: I will be using the author from Nature to show that this data is relevant and current. I will also emphasize the education of those who work in my lab and taught me all of these things.

STRUCTURE: I will have 3 pages of prose to explain the background knowledge and 3 lab procedures/1 technical computer document instruction in a direction format

GOAL: help reduce the problem of lab turnover and improve quality of data gathering and analysis
May 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMT
M -- good plan. Take care with voice within the documents. Right in first person in the cover letter, to begin. You might use "You" and "we" in other places, particularly procedures for trouble shooting as well as specific support concerning failure risk and danger.

About general tone and style, be sure to consider the quality of social cohesion in your lab.
May 5, 2017 | Registered CommenterMarybeth Shea