1. Biology of Water and Health Research Project Guidance (2005)
The purpose of the written project is to provide all participants with the chance to explore in-depth a topic of relevance to the course. The research project will form the basis for both a written submission, described below, and the preparation of a poster which will be presented in our last class meeting.
1.2. Scope Statement
Two pages in length.
Provides justification for the selection of your proposed water and human or ecological impact related problem.
Justification may be provided via a variety of criteria such as disease incidence/prevalence, economic impacts, rate of change, size of affected populations, severity of the deleterious effect, does an intervention exist?, etc.
1.3. Final Format of the Written Project
Due two days after the poster session presentation. This will allow for any modifications prompted by discussions concerning your project which occur at the poster session.
Not to exceed 15 pages in length with references heavily emphasizing primary sources.
1.4. Structure Template
Two- three pages should address the boundaries of the problem
Three- four pages should include a synthesis of background literature
Three- four pages should list available interventions1
Three- four pages should provide conclusions and recommendations.
1 Interventions could be novel and innovative, i.e. not bound by existing practice.
1.5. Examples of Possible Research Project Topics
Possible behavioral and systemic mechanisms to ameliorate As contamination in Bangladesh.
Definition of and mounting interventions for emerging water pollutants in the United States.
The privatization of water supply on a global basis: A positive or pernicious influence from a human health perspective?
Making the case to shore up global water data acquisition and dissemination.