MSE 425/426 – Senior Thesis
|Course description:||Research in materials science and engineering.|
|Prerequisites by course:||MSE 320; MSE 323; senior standing; certified major in Materials Science & Engineering|
|Course Objectives:||To obtain first-hand experience with research in the field of materials science and engineering.|
|Topics Covered:||Independent research.|
|Expected student outcomes:||Each student will be assessed on the following points:
Defining a research project
Identifying equipment and facilities necessary to carry out the project.
Becoming aware of the available literature in your field of study.
Designing and carrying out experiments.
Obtaining and analyzing results/data.
Preparing a senior thesis.
Presenting thesis to the faculty.
Publishing a paper in a recognized journal or conference proceedings. (optional)
Agenda MSE 425 – Fall 2014
|Date||Topic||Assignments||Reading Material & Links|
|8/26||1- Introduction to course, Syllabus||1-Syllabus|
|9/2||2- Keeping a Lab Notebook||2a-Lab Notebook Summary Page
2b-Data Management & Lab Notebooks
|9/9||3- Library, Literature Searching|
|9/16||4- Laboratory Safety||Statement of Work|
|9/23||No Class (Kessler out of town)|
|9/30||5- Individual meetings to discuss SOW||Progress Report 1|
|10/7||6- Avoiding Research Misconduct||6-The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct|
|10/14||7- Discussion of Plagiarism||Progress Report 2||7a-Discussion of Plagiarism
|10/21||8- Publishing your research 101||8-Writing a Paper (Whitesides Group)
8a- Publishing Your Research 101 - Episode 1
8b-Publishing Your Research 101 - Episode 5
8c-Publishing Your Research 101 - Episode 9
|10/28||9- Scientific Writing||Progress Report 3|
|11/4||10- Scientific Writing|
|11/11||No Class (Kessler out of town)|
|11/18||11- Scientific Writing||Progress Report 4|
|11/25||No Class (Fall Break)|
|12/2||12- Figures and graphs|
|12/12||Final Thesis due|