Bumble bees are going extinct in time of ‘climate chaos’
Your topic must be interdisciplinary in nature and be based on current research. An example might be research on biofuels or the impact of hurricanes on oyster production in the gulf. In other words, do not simply cover a historical topic like the eruption of Mt. St. Helens but an area of interest where research is currently being conducted.
• Must be an exploration of an interdisciplinary natural science topic and must be based on current research (within past five years)
• Must be 5-6 pages in length (not including cover page, references and graphs)
• Must be in MLA format
• Must clearly state why the topic is interdisciplinary in nature
• Must include 8-10 legitimate references including one book and two peer-reviewed academic journal articles
Additional pointers for the paper:
- Choose a topic that interests you.
- Be sure to have a concise thesis statement EARLY in your paper. Don’t leave the reader wondering what this paper is about. It is okay if your first paragraph is a “hook” – something to get the reader interested – but they need to know fairly quickly what they can expect from the paper. Remember the writing tip -“tell them what you are going to tell them.”
- Be sure to CLEARLY ARTICULATE why and how your topic is interdisciplinary. This can be at the beginning or end, but I need to know that you can explain how it is interdisciplinary.
- Have a logical, well-organized flow to your paper. I always suggest making an outline. Most papers contain three main points on which you elaborate. There may be more, but make sure it flows in a way that is logical and easy to follow.
- Dig deep. This isn’t a paper on a single topic; the purpose is to show the interconnection between topics and disciplines. Make sure you clearly cite CURRENT scientific research, not just a string of facts about a particular subject. Pack the paper with pertinent information, but elaborate on it so the readers knows you really understand the topic. In other words, keep in mind that this is a college-level project and should not just be a science “report.”
- Read the paper aloud to yourself (or someone else) to make sure it makes sense. This will help you recognize grammatical mistakes and flow issues. Spell check! Edit, edit, edit.