20.109(F12): Pre-proposal template

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20.109(F12): Laboratory Fundamentals of Biological Engineering

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Please post the following to the wiki page you are starting for this assignment. Your wiki page should be printed out and handed in on M3D4 in lecture and also ready to present on screen to the class during that hour.


  • your name
  • your partner's name
  • your lab section
  • your team color

Title of Proposed Project

Title should begin with the prefix:"20.109(F12) Pre-Proposal:..."

Project Summary

For example (from [1])
"Roughly 70% of the American population eats avocadoes at least once each year, so that potential exposure of the populace to contaminants in avocadoes is widespread. Little research has nonetheless been done with regard to the uptake of trace metals by avocadoes during their growth. The proposed research would address this problem by making the first detailed examination of the controls on concentrations of trace metals in avocadoes."



  • What is known about this field
  • Why is this field important

Your idea

Make clear what you see is the structural hole/gap in understanding or the need, and how you propose to fill in or satisfy what you've identified. You should specify your general approach (e.g. "will screen for mutants that enhance the contrast of the bacterial photography system") but do not need to think through the precise experimental details yet. Emphasize instead what results hope to collect and how they might improve the shortcomings that you've identified as interesting.

A sketch

Please make (don't copy or re-print another author's) a summary figure for your idea. This should give the reader a good idea about the idea you are proposing, cluing them in to the field you've focused on, the question you're asking and, ideally, the approach you're taking in your proposed research. These can be hand-drawn and scanned or designed digitally and posted.