The goal of the Progress Report is to help students work with their mentors to form a thoughtful project plan for the quarter, and to practice writing about the project in their own voice. The quarterly progress report helps students keep track of anticipated and actual progress and will be a great resource when time comes to write the full written presentation at the end of the program.
Progress Report Guidelines:
In contrast to the initial research proposal, the progress report should not focus on the background information, but rather on the research progress and any obtained data. The progress report should be written in consultation with the student's mentor to determine realistic goals for the project over the upcoming quarter.
The Progress Report should include a short introductory paragraph summarizing the background, research question and accomplishments to date. As long as the project has not changed substantially from the initial research proposal, it is not necessary to go into a lot of detail on the background or provide references.
The progress report should include a list of the previous quarter's goals, followed by specific, quantitative data (figures and tables) and a description of progress on each goal. In the case that no new data was obtained over the course of the quarter, an explanation should be included of problems encountered and troubleshooting strategies used.
To conclude the report, the student should list the specific goals for the upcoming quarter. If deviation from the original plan is proposed, an explanation is necessary to describe the rationale behind the change.
Progress for each quarter should be appended to the previous Progress Report.
Organize Progress Report as follows:
- Goals from Previous Quarters
- Specific Goals for This Quarter
**Don't forget to submit the Cover page!
More about the oral presentation...
While enrolled in RSPII, students are required to give a 15-20 minute oral presentation at a weekly seminar in order to receive credit and progress in the program.
We all know that often research projects don't go as planned! The spirit of the oral presentation is to give the student experience preparing a thoughtful scientific presentation, talking about science, and answering questions. It is acceptable to use primarily background material and present the premise of the project if there is not sufficient current data to present.
To facilitate uniform grading standards across the program, the oral presentation is graded by a team of 3 faculty members. Students are encouraged to consult with their faculty mentors to select an appropriate team. This grade contributes to the final grade for Research Scholars II as follows:
Final Grade = 25% oral presentation grade from committee + 75% regular mentor evaluation
Failure to give a presentation at all in Research Scholars II will thus automatically result in a grade of C or less, and the student will have to leave the Research Scholars Program.
Students should schedule their presentation date early in the quarter they take RSP! They should also contact their faculty reviewers at that time.