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A research paper and data book should be prepared and available with any other necessary forms or relevant materials for display at Covestro PRSEF.

Project Data Book
A project data book is your most treasured piece of work. Record accurate and detailed notes to make a logical and winning project. Good notes show consistency and thoroughness to the judges and will help you when writing your research paper. Judges highly recommend displaying a data book.

After finishing research and experimentation, you are required to write a (maximum) 100-word, one-page abstract. An abstract should include: (a) purpose of the experiment, (b) procedures used, (c) data, and (d) conclusions. It also may include any possible research applications. Only minimal reference to previous work may be included. The abstract should focus on work done since the last Covestro PRSEF and should not include: a) acknowledgments, or b) work or procedures done by the mentor. Visit Abstract Criteria for more information

Research Paper Guidelines
A research paper should be prepared and available along with a project data book and any necessary forms or relevant written materials. A research paper (limited to 20 pages or less) helps organize data as well as thoughts. A good paper includes the following sections:
Title Page and Table of Contents. The title page and table of contents allows the reader to follow the organization of the paper quickly.
Abstract. Summary of your experiment in 100 words.
Introduction. The introduction sets the scene for your report. A introduction includes the purpose, your hypothesis, problem or eningeering goals, an explanation of what prompted your research and what you hoped to achieve..
Materials and Methods. Describe in detail the methodology used to collect your data or make your observations, design appartatus, etc. Your research paper should be detailed enough so that someone could repeat the experiment from the information in your paper. Include detailed photographs or drawings of self-designed equipment. Only include this year's work.
Results. The results include data and analysis. This should include statistics, graphs, pages with your raw collected data, etc.
Discussion. This is the essence of your paper. Compare your results with theoretical values, published data, commonly held beliefs, and/or expected results. Include a discussion of possible errors. How did the data vary between repeated observations of similar events? How were your results affected by uncontrolled events? What would you do differently if you repeated the project? What other experiments should be conducted?
Conclusion. Briefly summarize your results. Be specific. Do not generalize. Never introduce anything in the conclusion that has not already been discussed. Also, mention practical applications.
Appendix includes Acknowledgments: Credit those who assisted you, including individuals, businesses, and educational or research institutions. Note any financial or material donations. Do not list teachers, parents, school, etc. by name; and Bibliography: Include any documentation not your own (i.e., books, journal articles). See an appropriate reference in your discipline for format ie. APA, MLA or Chicago Manual of Style.

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