RESEARCH METHODS

All Science is formed necessarily of three things:

the series of facts which constitute the science;

the ideas which they call forth; the words which express them.


Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier (1743-1794)

Research Methods

Research Methods course designed as a project-based learning class. Students design and implement their own research project (field of subject can vary) while learning and practicing the skills that go into research. In addition to gaining new insights into research areas and acquiring new lab technique skills, students design and execute their own novel research project which can be presented at the local science fair or other science research competitions.

  • INQUIRY. A substantial portion of the class comes from the independent investigations and presentations of your own work. Often times in research you need to spend time outside of official class time reading about your research, analyzing data and even collecting data. Students who commit to this extra time are successful.

  • QUANTITATIVE REASONING. The use of quantitative skills to analyze real-world problems is another significant aspect to the class. Students who are engaged and curious about how to make a strong quantitative argument are successful.

  • WRITING. You can expect to write regularly, complete substantial writing projects, and receive feedback to help you improve your writing. You may find additional help from

Part 1

Research Literature & Writing

During the first half of the course, students design and implement their own research project (field of subject can vary) while learning the skills that go into research. For the majority of the first half students will design and execute their own research project Topics that will be covered will include: statistics, ethics/ safety, graphing/ Excel, literature review, peer review, and the use of a lab notebook.

Part 2

Research Areas

During the first half of the course, students design and implement their o


Part 3

Statistics & Data Analysis

During the first half of the course, students design and implement their o

Recommended Texts

“Research Methods for Science”

by Michael P. Marder

(ISBN: 978-0521145848)


Recommended Laboratory Notebook