Research Project Report

Event Date: August 2, 2013
Write a report of the work you performed on the project.


This work will be a summary of the project you worked on during the SURF program, and a capstone of your experience over the summer.  It should be written as a professional document, and be submitted to both the SURF office and your professor.  You will discuss with them the exact format required, and what a suitable length is.  This will vary by project, but it should be a minimum of 5 pages, and could be written as a a lab report, a technical paper, or a journal article.

Ask your professor if you should write a research summary OR lab report.

Research Project Report:
  • A final report containing all information pertaining to your summer SURF project. If someone else is continuing on your work, they should be able to learn everything necessary about your project from reading this report.
  • A summary of your SURF research experience
  • Find the journal/conference that your work would be submitted to, and follow its format
  • Minimum 5 pages of text single spaced in length
  • Written in the form of a Journal article/Technical document
  • Must include a “Recommendation for Future Work” section
  • If you have questions, consult with your professor and graduate mentor

Lab Report:
Main Sections:
  • Project Goals - 1 or 2 sentences (maximum) outlining the goals of the project
  • Research Methods - 1 or 2 paragraphs (maximum) describing the equipment or methods used to perform the studies (details provided in the appendix)
  • Theory (if applicable) - 1 paragraph describing the key theory that justifies or explains the results generated
  • Key Results - 1 or 2 (maximum) graphs or charts describing the most important results generated with 1 or 2 paragraphs (maximum) explaining the graphs
  • Analysis or Interpretation - 1 or 2 paragraphs interpreting the results shown in the Key Results section (this interpretation should include the information from the Theory section, if possible)
  • Appendix 1: A detailed description of your research methods for each technique you used.  It also references where in your research notebook the methods are documented.
  • Appendix 2: Shows all of your experimental results, with reference to where in your research notebooks the results are stored, listing the dates when the results were generated, and documenting any computer filenames and file types that house the results.  This section also refers to Appendix 1 to indicate which methods were used to generate the results.
  • Appendix 3: Citations - this section documents all the papers you read, their topic, and their citation information.  It also documents where the papers are stored. 
The Main Sections should take no more than 2 pages, so your mentor can see all the important results in 2 pages.  However, the appendices contain all the details of the work so that your mentor can hand this section to the next student and that subsequent student can read the appendices, figure out all the methods used, learn where the key resources are stored, and reproduce any part of the work that is needed. 



Submit your research summary or lab report through Blackboard as a Word document, or PDF file. The file naming convention for this assignment is "LastnameFirstname_ResearchSummary.doc" (or pdf extension accordingly). Send a copy of your summary or lab report to your faculty and/or graduate mentor as well.

Important Deadlines:

The research summary or lab report is due by Friday, August 2 by 5 pm.