In order to help you gain hands-on experience in nutrition research, this course includes a mini nutrition research project that all students participate in.
Specific details of your term project and what is expected is contained in the "Term Project Details" box.
Identify a research question: read the basic survey and design a research question that can be addressed by the survey, submit the question by September 9, 2020. Here are some examples of research question:
If there is a question that you would like to address but cannot be addressed by the current survey, submit additional survey questions (2 maximum) that will address your question of interest to be discussed and approved by the class.
Due by September 9, 2020
Write a research proposal that can address the research question you identify. The research proposal will use the format of the NIH specific aim page (samples provided). The proposal should have a brief introduction about the background (literature review), pointing out the public health significance and advances in science, study objective, study hypothesis, specific aims (if any), research methods, and impact. The proposal will be 3 pages maximum (reference excluded), with a font size of 12, 1-inch margin, and double spaced.
Due: first draft due by 9/23/2020
After the first draft of the proposal is submitted, each student will be assigned with 2 other students’ proposals to conduct peer review. The reviewer should provide constructive feedback about the strengths and weaknesses of the proposal and suggestions to improve the proposals. During the October 7 session, reviewer 1 is going to lead off introducing the proposal to the class and provide critiques, while reviewer 2 will provide additional introduction or comments. Each proposal review will be completed in 6 minutes. The instructor will also provide feedback.
After receiving all feedback, students will revise their proposals and submit the final version (please provide a track change copy and a clean copy)
Due by 10/28/2020.
Students will collect survey data by structured interview on 2 people from two different households that are not part of the class. You should obtain verbal consent from the participants before conducting the interview. Answering survey questions is voluntary and participants should know that they can skip any question that they don’t feel comfortable to answer. Survey data will be anonymous, so don’t include any identifiable personal information when you submit the survey to blackboard.
Due: Submit the data by 11/4/2020.
Use the master database containing survey data entry from all students to conduct data analysis. Based on the result, write up a short manuscript. The manuscript should contain a title, author information, abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, and references. Use the template and author guidelines provided. The manuscript should be 4 pages maximum excluding references.
DUE: Submit the first draft by 12/9/2020.
Present your study to the class on 12/9/2020. Each student will have 5 minutes for presentation.
Based on feedback from the instructor, revise the manuscript and resubmit the final version.
DUE: by 12/20/2020.