Theme: Never Stop Questioning


Research Discovery - What are you Curious about?:

Rather than gravitating towards a general topic, try to think of a specific question your team wants to answer. Starting from a small scale and moving outwards from there will help to keep your research and presentation focused and meaningful. Your research for the Integrated Assignment should be current, significant, and have a specific base within the Biology/Chemistry fields.

  • Beginning your research discovery on your favorite news site, reading a newspaper, or even on Facebook are all perfectly acceptable starting points.
  • Alternatively, you may find the following resources helpful:



Research Article for Presentation:

Your article must be a peer-reviewed article from a scientific journal. For any additional resource, please use a critical eye to ensure their authenticity, credibility, and validity.

  • Relying on Google Scholar to find your peer-reviewed article is perfectly acceptable
  • You may also use TAMU-CC's Library Guide - Science, and we will use this later in the semester
  • You may view Prof. Crocker's PowerPoint example to view how I found the article I presented to you in Seminar



Presentation Details & Submission:

  • Create a PowerPoint presentation following the guidelines listed below (scroll down this page)
    • Every team member is expected to present information verbally
  • Submit final PowerPoint via Blackboard under the "Discussion Forum" section by 8:00am on February 27th



Article Presentation/Slide Outline:
In an effort to keep your presentation stream-lined, on topic, and within time limitations (5-7 min), please adhere to the following criteria and include no more than 8 slides.

1. Title slide

a. Introduce yourselves and your topic; include team name

2. The Hook

a. What caught your attention? What questions did you immediately have to lead you to discovering more?
b. What assumptions about this topic to you bring with you?

3. The Biological and/or Chemical Background

a. What general information does your audience need to understand about the broad topic?
b. Introduce the baseline biological/chemical knowledge needed to understand the underlying mechanisms of your main questions

4. The Research Article

a. Explain the purpose of the article
b. Briefly cover the methods utilize
c. Highlight the results of the article, and whether they supported your initial assumptions

5. Future Directions of the Team's Research

a. In reading your article, what questions were left unanswered?
b. What are you inspired to investigate in order to further deepen your own understanding?

6. References

a. APA style should be used for full citation format