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Research in the Natural Sciences

Conducting dissertation research in the sciences may involve completing work on an active lab project, setting up an experiment, or evaluating pre-existing data.

  1. Create a Budget

    • You may want to write a grant to get funds for your study for things such as transcribing, computer software, and running statistical data.

    • Determine possible expenses and calculate costs.

  2. Submit application for use of human subjects from HS-REB (Health Sciences Research Ethics Board).

    • This is necessary if you are working with human research subjects in any way.

    • Download and submit forms in a timely manner.

  3. Establish an information database or filing system.

    • Organize your files, contacts, observations, field notes, and bibliographic information.

    • Consult resources from the bibliographic link in this Dissertation Calculator for tips.

  4. Proceed with data collection and input.

    • Follow your checklist to make sure you cover each step such as running test groups, or doing interviews.

    • Input data as you go along and keep up to date on notes.

  5. Identify and record trends, observations, discrepancies, limitations, and recommendations that you will report.