The term conflict of interestI was vaguely familiar with before this discussion. I had an idea of what it meant but I was not sure how it applied to research. This showed me how there is a lot to think about before beginning a research project, that it may not be a simple decision. While it may appear to be exactly what you are looking for you have to keep in mind your: personal, intellectual, financial, and professional interests to decide if this is truly the best opportunity.
Professional ethics is a topic that is incredibly important for any undergraduate degree. I know many students, myself included, often wonder why there is this LTU Honor Code we must have on everything we submit to our professors. Well, someone must have thought they would be clever enough to “beat the system” and not put in as much effort as others and come out with a fantastic grade. While discussing professional ethics it was made more clear that perhaps the circumstances a person is in can and often will influence their behavior. This does not make it alright for someone to not be ethical but, it makes you think a bit differently to see how someone else may be thinking.
Having and understanding of the undergraduate learning goals that LTU has for its students is important because it helps give understanding on why our flow charts are made the way they are. In Introduction to Senior Projects in Science the learning goals that are emphasized are Sustainability and Professional Ethics. At this time the main focus is on sustainability: what we are required to know, what sustainability is, what is means to have a sustainable society, the three unifying themes of sustainability and most importantly understanding if our project is sustainable. While we all strive for sustainable projects is not always achievable in obtaining desirable results, so some projects may not be sustainable. At this point, while I did not know a lot of the details for my project or what specifically it would be on, I did know it would most likely be sustainable.
The scientific method was reviewed and a much more strong emphasis on literature research. Learned how to research using various databases to see how the different databases can produce different results using the same search criteria. While I’ve looked at some journal articles before I did not perform any specific research until at this time in Introduction to Senior Projects in Science. An area of interest for my senior project was identified at this time: formation and evolution of galaxies and the formation of black holes. At this time I also did not know how possible this would be for a senior project, I only knew it was a path I wanted to pursue after graduation.
Skills Obtained: project management, ability to write a project proposal, ability to present research clearly.Requirements: conduct literature research, project planning, proposal writing and presentation, application of ethical principles to scientific research.
Please note: All posts categorized as Introduction to Senior Projects in Science are back dated to the date the event originally occurred. The thought of creating this blog did not come until after my Proposal Presentation on Thursday May 1, 2014.