[iw] Reminder - IW Final Report Due - January 3, 2011

Colleen E. Kenny-McGinley ckenny at CS.Princeton.EDU
Mon Nov 29 12:29:50 EST 2010

Good Afternoon Students,

Just a friendly reminder that the your final report for Independent Work is due on JANUARY 3, 2010.   Please note this date is a University deadline date.  We cannot grant any extensions nor will any work be accepted after January 3, 2011.  Below please find the information needed to submit the PDF document: 

Single-semester IW Final Report

This report is expected to be from 20-25 pages, but the length is not the most important factor -- the quality of the research and the quality of the writing are most important. Having said that, substantially shorter papers may not have sufficient content. If your paper is substantially longer, you may need to work on presenting your ideas more concisely. Talk to your advisor about exactly what they are looking for in your report. The best reports are prepared with enough time for the adviser to read over a draft and give comments for revision. 
The report should look like a professional document –

Cover sheet:

Name:  First Last                           
Semester:  Fall 2010
Course:  (COS 397(BSE), COS 398(AB), COS 497(BSE), COS 498(AB),  AB Senior Thesis or BSE Senior Thesis

 12pt Times-Roman font, 1-inch margins, double-spaced. It should contain a proper bibliography, and all non-original text should be properly attributed. Failing to cite appropriate sources for ideas, tables, text or diagrams is a serious violation of Princeton's code of ethics. If you are unsure about how to cite ideas or research papers properly and create a bibliography, speak with your advisor -- they can tell you exactly how to do it. Your report will be graded on the basis of its technical content, organization, creativity of ideas, and quality of writing. 
Relevant charts, tables, diagrams, etc., should be included, with accompanying captions. Be sure to refer to each such chart in the main body of the text, clearly explaining its nature and purpose. The technique of "padding" papers using multiple, overly-large figures is well-known, and should be avoided. If you have lengthy code or auxiliary examples or detailed algorithms or long proofs or supplementary data of other kinds, it may not be appropriate to include this in its entirety in the main body of your report. However, you are encouraged to include such auxiliary data (if you feel it is appropriate) in a final portion of your report clearly labeled "Appendix." The Appendix may be as long as is necessary -- it may extend beyond 25 pages. 

To submit your final report you must do the following by the deadline (see important dates page): 
•        A copy of the final report should be submitted to Mona Singh via e-mail in PDF format. 
•        A copy must be delivered to your advisor. Ask your advisor if he/she would like a printed copy and/or an electronic copy. 

Talk to your advisor about how to write your final report. For additional ideas, here are some slides on how to write a good research paper. Here is a recent research paper to give you a bit of a sense of what a research paper can look like (keep in mind that several people worked for over a year on the underlying project, so the paper will be more information-dense than the typical final report. The formatting is also different than the department requirements.)

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