All teams that participate in Barcode Long Island are expected to write a research proposal that details their research plan. This should include a team's research question, a hypothesis, and the way that they plan to use DNA barcoding to evaluate their hypothesis. Mentors should work with their teams to finalize their research proposals and review them with students prior to submitting them to the DNA Learning Center for review. Teams may submit a campaign or independent proposal. Refer to the resources below to learn how to write an excellent proposal!
The campaigns are designed to allow students to participate in Barcode Long Island by working with specific groups of campaign organisms, such as aquatic macroinvertebrates or ants. Teams submitting a campaign proposal are expected to fill out a campaign form as their proposal. The intention is to introduce students to research and scientific writing via a structured campaign, and is ideal for students in grades 9-10 or those students that have limited research experience. Please refer to the videos linked below, which detail the expectations and guidelines of campaign proposals and projects.
Watch How to write a Campaign Proposals Playlist on YouTube
For those teams with a more specific research question or a desire to focus on organisms outside of the campaign, they are encouraged to submit an independent proposal. These types of proposals are ideal for teams who already have experience in Barcode Long Island or those that have had research experience. These projects are not limited by the campaign format and offer more freedom in the types of projects that students design. In addition, teams are expected to write a proposal that includes an abstract, introduction and their methodology, offering more scientific writing experience. Please refer to the videos linked below, which detail the expectations and guidelines of independent proposals and projects.
Watch How to write an Independent Project Proposal Playlist on YouTube