Tag Archives: Experiment

Two figures every paper should include

When you read a scientific study, you want to understand what the authors did to get to their conclusions and you want to understand it quickly. After all, the interesting stuff is about the hypotheses and the authors’ discoveries. Yet … Continue reading

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What if you assume your hypothesis is wrong when you design an experiment?

Designing experiments is deceptively simple. After all, you know what’s going on, right? So you just design an experiment that manipulates or otherwise examines the variable of interest, with an appropriate control, then show the pattern you expected, write it … Continue reading

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What you do not know about ethical science practice

Why should you have anything to learn about ethics in research if you are a good person who learned early about proper behavior? You know not to take things that belong to other people. You know not to cheat. You … Continue reading

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Exactly how an NSF panel functions

It is kind of side information as to exactly how a panel works because it doesn’t tell you to write clear, excellent proposals with careful methods that address important questions with sufficient preliminary data to convince the panel as to … Continue reading

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Top ten reasons you did not get funding for your NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG)

1. You did not explain the main question clearly. 2. You did not tie your work to what had already been done. 3. You did not explain how your experiments would address the question. 4. There was a flaw in … Continue reading

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How to write an effective Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG)

A Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG) is a wonderful way to support some of your Ph.D. research if you are in evolution, ecology, or behavior. This funding comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and funds part, not all, of your … Continue reading

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Organizing your research life

Melanie said she was always working, though she wasn’t always at the lab. How, if you are a scientist, can you just stop thinking about ideas? Of course you can’t. Some of the best ideas get written in those little … Continue reading

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