This site is for students doing research and writing in Northwestern's --International Studies (IS), Asian Studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. That's because research and writing are integrally related in this program. Students need to learn how to write research proposals, grant proposal, literature reviews, and papers based on both primary and secondary research. In addition, students enrolled in the IS Honors Program can find specific resources here for research and writing.
How has your participation in the Bioscience Program had an impact on your career?
I can attribute a great deal of my motivation to become a research scientist to the Bioscience Undergraduate Research Program. The two years I spent in the program taught me how to write research proposals, present my research to other scientists, read scientific papers, and perform the assays used in modern biological research. I also made many of my close friends in the program who have given me much advice and laughs over the years.
What advice would you give current students who aspire to follow a similar career path?
Make an effort to explore science out of your comfort level. I began my college career hating physics, but stuck with the classes and found myself loving it. Before long, I became interested in its intricate relationship with biological processes. It is also important to remember that while important, grades aren’t everything. Study hard and pay attention in class, but be sure to be involved in science outside the classroom. Being involved in research as an undergraduate will give you a greater understanding of what you learned in the classroom (and is very important in showing the admissions committee your potential to succeed in graduate school).
How to Write a Research Proposal: 15 Steps (with Pictures)
If you're interested in studying at ECU the Research Proposal Workshop will provide you with the opportunity to learn how to apply for courses at ECU as well as guidance on how to write research proposals to accompany your application.