The University of Miami Undergraduate Research Newsletter (URN), initiated by Matthew Sacino, class of 2011, along with his faculty advisor Prof. Burjor Captain, is a collection of original work performed by undergraduates at the university, encompassing all areas of academic research. This newsletter is aimed to both educate and inspire undergraduates and students throughout the community to become involved in research during the early stages of their education. Students will have the opportunity to describe their area of research and experimentation done thus far. Following the overall purpose of encouraging others to learn of the opportunities to conduct research, the newsletter will be circulated to undergraduates at UM and to students at high schools and community colleges throughout the South Florida area.
All undergraduates at the University of Miami conducting research at all of the UM campuses.
All submissions will be reviewed by a committee comprised of UM faculty and undergraduate students from different fields. If you would like to be part of the review committee please contact the faculty advisor Dr. Burjor Captain (Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The title is meant to draw the reader into your research. Use this piece to catch the reader’s eye and point out the main purpose of your research. It should be short and succinct.
Please follow the format given in the example (include classifications):
-Name (Class of ___)
-Senior Thesis: Yes or No
The abstract, approximately 3-5 sentences, should briefly give the essentials of your research. Do not give a formal introduction about your research topic, hypothesis, etc. Simply tell the reader what you are studying (be specific), what you did (experimentation), and what you have found thus far (results).You should seek to answer these questions in a clear and concise manner without going into detail. See example for further illustration.
Body of the Letter
The body of the letter (not including the abstract) should be no more than 750 words. This narrative should explain your research in one coherent section following the guidelines given below. Do not divide the body into separate categories as in papers submitted to major research journals.
The body of the proposal should include the following key parts: background, methods/materials/experimental, results, discussion and future directions.
· Background: Begin with a few sentences easing the reader into your field of research. You should include any relevant material and/or prior data/results that led to your current research.
· Methods/Materials/Experimental: Briefly describe methods/materials in experimentation. Describe what you have done focusing on the key steps you took to arrive at your results. Do not give protocols, detailed explanations meant for experimental reproduction, or jargon. Understand that this should be understood by someone not in your field.
· Results: List your results thus far. You may wish to include relevant Figures such as graphs, data charts, and other visual items that will allow the reader to get a better sense of your research.
Figures may be inserted directly into the word document or sent separately as jpeg, tif, psd, png, or bmp files.
· Discussion and Future Directions: What are the implications of your research? Discuss in relation to your results. Include future directions that may emerge from your studies.
Note: The introduction, abstract, and title must be done in the same format as the example given. DO NOT separate your body into sections for background, materials, results, etc. but incorporate all aspects into a single and coherent body.
· Journal Articles:
C. G. Weiss, and J.H. Thompson (1987). “The Role of Protein Kinase in Aging” J. Neurosci. 17, 243-269.
· Books/Book Chapters:
C. F. Evan (1994). Role of Proteins in Aging (ed. By ), Pearson, US, 792-814.
Interested students should email full letter (intro, abstract, body of research, images) to Dr. Burjor Captain at email@example.com as a single word document (.doc) file. If the letter includes Figures, these could be inserted directly into the word document file or sent separately as an email attachment along with the text of the letter. Questions may also be directed to Dr. Captain.