- Decide on an area of interest — If you’re going to be spending weeks and even months working on a topic, it’s best to make sure it’s something that not only has a lot of information, but interests you as well. Start with a general topic like biology and then you can dive deeper until you find your project’s main thesis.
- Acquire plenty of science notebooks — Laboratory notebooks are essential for any student, researcher, or employee working in a scientific career. Throughout your project, you’ll be doing hours of research and it’s imperative that you keep all that information organized and documented from day one. A quality science notebook can help you organize all your thoughts and findings, but make sure you have plenty because you’re going to need a lot.
- Consult with a mentor and other students — Even if you are the only one who is responsible for performing the research and completing the project, it’s best to reach out for help throughout the process. Other students are doing projects of their own, but you should be able to compare notes and ideas that will help everyone. Similarly, mentors are great resources. They can help you better understand how to handle each piece of equipment you’re working with as well as offer research advice.
- Create a project outline and go from there — Transferring all your notes to a concise outline can help you organize your actual project and prepare you for your upcoming presentation. Start with an introduction, write down all your methods and your experimental to-do list, write your predicted results, state your findings and project relevance, and close with your bibliography.
As of 2016, there were approximately 9,550 biochemistry degrees awarded to college students. If you’re attempting to get a degree in a scientific field, you’re probably already well aware of how much time and effort is required. Not only do you have to study, perform various field practices, and stress yourself out beyond belief, you’ll likely have to develop and execute an advanced scientific project. These projects are extremely time-consuming and often even more difficult than final exams. Hopefully this guide well help you at least get started on your upcoming major project. Here are some tips on how to get the ball rolling on an advanced scientific project this year: