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There are a number of student organizations with a focus on undergraduate research., student organizations.
Cornell hosts several student organizations with a focus on undergraduate research. Student-run, with faculty mentors, these organizations provide peer and faculty advice, leadership and writing experience, and annual opportunities to present research. For a complete listing of registered student organizations see the list maintained by the Student Activities Office .
Cornell Undergraduate Research Board
Cornell Undergraduate Research Board is dedicated to fostering, encouraging, and supporting undergraduate research at Cornell. Each year, CURB sponsors a Fall Open House for students looking to get started in undergraduate research and a Spring Forum with a convocation and poster sessions showcasing student research.
Cornell University Artificial Intelligence
Cornell University Artificial Intelligence (CUAI) focuses on undergraduate research and publication, as well as educating undergrads on state of the art Vision/Machine Learning research. Please add yourself to the CUAI mailing list by sending an email to [email protected] with the subject “join” if your are interested in receiving our updates. Our primary efforts are a reading group that meets weekly to discuss papers (and research in general) in the field of machine learning. The goal is to familiarize people with state of the art research. This is meant for students with some experience, as we will be reading cutting edge papers.
We also have a research group which works closely with the club’s officers to aim for a publication at a top ML/CV conference (CVPR, NIPS, etc.).
the research paper.
The Research Paper (TRP) is an independent open-access student-run publication featuring undergraduate researchers throughout Cornell University. Published twice a year, TRP highlights how Cornell students extend their academic interests beyond the classroom. Our magazine is designed to appeal to those with an interest in undergraduate research, from students and teachers to scientists, administrators, and the community. Since 2000, we have been promoting topical stories from all areas of research on our diverse campus.
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“I think none of us anticipated that this would turn into anything more than a class paper, but we all felt that there was something there.”
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Organizing, Writing, and Formatting Your Research Paper: Research Paper Resources
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Selecting a topic, taking notes, organizing a draft.
Writing the Paper: Style and Usage
- Garner's Modern American Usage . 5th edition, 2020. Online . 4th edition available in print format: Olin Reference PE 1464 .G37 2016; shelved near the Olin reference desk. "...one of the most influential style guides ever written for the English language." [Introduction] Find the best word, the correct usage, the felicitous phrase with this standard and highly readable work.
- The Everyday Writer . 7th edition, 2020. Print format only. Olin Library Reference PE 1408 .L86 2020 . Shelved near the Olin reference desk. Description and table of contents .
The Final Product: Format and Documentation
- Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association . Call Number: Olin Reference BF 76.7 .P83 2020; shelved near the Olin reference desk 7th edition, 2020. Print format only. The authoritative style manual for anyone writing in psychology and allied fields. Its chapters discuss the content and organization of a manuscript; writing style; and the American Psychological Association citation style for in-text citations and bibliographies.
- MLA Handbook Call Number: Olin Reference LB 2369 .M52 2021; shelved near the Olin reference desk 9th edition, 2021. Available online and in print format. Intended as an aid for college students writing research papers. Included here is information on formatting a research project, the mechanics of prose, using inclusive language, and citing your sources in a bibliography and in the text of your paper.
- A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers . by Kate L Turabian Call Number: Olin Reference LB 2369 .T8 2018; shelved near the Olin reference desk 9th edition, 2018. Kate Turabian's standard guide for student writers based on the University of Chicago style. Chapters cover everything you've ever wanted to know about putting a paper together, from writing introductory chapters to formatting your bibliography.
For further information and links to online citation guides, see Citation Styles: Handbooks, Resources, and Guides .
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More than 99.9% of studies agree: Humans caused climate change
By krishna ramanujan.
More than 99.9% of peer-reviewed scientific papers agree that climate change is mainly caused by humans, according to a new survey of 88,125 climate-related studies.
The research updates a similar 2013 paper revealing that 97% of studies published between 1991 and 2012 supported the idea that human activities are altering Earth’s climate. The current survey examines the literature published from 2012 to November 2020 to explore whether the consensus has changed.
“We are virtually certain that the consensus is well over 99% now and that it’s pretty much case closed for any meaningful public conversation about the reality of human-caused climate change,” said Mark Lynas, a visiting fellow at the Alliance for Science and the paper’s first author.
“It's critical to acknowledge the principal role of greenhouse gas emissions so that we can rapidly mobilize new solutions, since we are already witnessing in real time the devastating impacts of climate related disasters on businesses, people and the economy,” said Benjamin Houlton, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and a co-author of the study, “ Greater than 99% Consensus on Human Caused Climate Change in the Peer-Reviewed Scientific Literature ,” which published Oct. 19 in the journal Environmental Research Letters.
In spite of such results, public opinion polls as well as opinions of politicians and public representatives point to false beliefs and claims that a significant debate still exists among scientists over the true cause of climate change. In 2016, the Pew Research Center found that only 27% of U.S. adults believe that “almost all” scientists agreed that climate change is due to human activity, according to the paper. A 2021 Gallup poll pointed to a deepening partisan divide in American politics on whether Earth’s rising observed temperatures since the Industrial Revolution were primarily caused by humans.
“To understand where a consensus exists, you have to be able to quantify it,” Lynas said. “That means surveying the literature in a coherent and non-arbitrary way in order to avoid trading cherry-picked papers, which is often how these arguments are carried out in the public sphere.”
In the study, the researchers began by examining a random sample of 3,000 studies from the dataset of 88,125 English-language climate papers published between 2012 and 2020. They found only found four out of the 3,000 papers were skeptical of human-caused climate change. “We knew that [climate skeptical papers] were vanishingly small in terms of their occurrence, but we thought there still must be more in the 88,000,” Lynas said.
Co-author Simon Perry, a United Kingdom-based software engineer and volunteer at the Alliance for Science, created an algorithm that searched out keywords from papers the team knew were skeptical, such as “solar,” “cosmic rays” and “natural cycles.” The algorithm was applied to all 88,000-plus papers, and the program ordered them so the skeptical ones came higher in the order. They found many of these dissenting papers near the top, as expected, with diminishing returns further down the list. Overall, the search yielded 28 papers that were implicitly or explicitly skeptical, all published in minor journals.
If the 97% result from the 2013 study still left some doubt on scientific consensus on the human influence on climate, the current findings go even further to allay any uncertainty, Lynas said. “This pretty much should be the last word,” he said.
Support for the Alliance for Science is provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
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M.r.p. exit project options, general information, m.r.p. project options, suggested exit project schedule, defense procedure, formatting and submitting the exit project, publishing on ecommons.
All CRP graduate students are required to complete an exit project paper. Master of regional planning (M.R.P.) students can prepare a research paper, professional report, or master's thesis. CRP faculty strongly encourage M.R.P. students to prepare a professional report or a research paper. M.R.P. students also have the option of completing a master's thesis if they secure, by the end of second-semester classes, a conditional agreement by a CRP faculty member to oversee the thesis preparation. M.R.P. students must also pass a final oral examination given by their exit project committee. The student's written document should essentially be complete before the oral examination is scheduled, and the examination must be held in accordance with graduate school regulations. Students must register for exit project credits using this web form . All three options must include CRP 8901, a variable credit research course for 1-4 credits. In addition, each option must also include a specific variable credit writing course: CRP 8902 for a research paper; CRP 8904 for a professional report and CRP 8906 for a master's thesis. A student may not earn any credit connected to the exit project beyond that awarded for completion of CRP 8901 and CRP 8902; 8904 or 8906.
Students should work closely with their exit project committee regarding the scope, content, and organization of the submitted document and the nature of the final examination. A student's exit project committee must consist of at least two members of the graduate faculty or other faculty members approved by the graduate school. Both committee members must attend the final oral examination and sign the appropriate forms. It is the student's responsibility to ensure the independent writing requirements are satisfied.
All exit project papers must meet the format requirements. M.R.P. students should consult the Academic Programs Coordinator Tina Nelson regarding these requirements. When approved by the student's graduate committee, a copy of the final document will be filed in the Fine Arts Library and the second copy will be permanently placed in the University Archives.
The three options for completing the independent writing requirement are:
Research Paper (CRP 8901 and 8902)
Research papers are generally not more than 40 pages in length, plus notes and bibliography, and constitute the written product resulting from the student's independent research effort. A student earns 4 credits for a research paper (inclusive both the research and writing credits). Typically, a research paper builds on research previously initiated by the student in a particular class. A student may not submit a paper previously submitted during a class. A student may, however, expand on or substantially revise a previously submitted paper as the basis for the research paper. Alternatively, a student may write a research paper to satisfy this requirement without basing it on work previously undertaken during a class. The scope of the research undertaken and the scope of the paper are intended to be substantially less than that required for a master's thesis.
Professional Report (CRP 8901 and 8904)
The professional report reflects a student's efforts to solve a practical, real-world planning problem. A student may earn 4–10 credits for the professional report (inclusive both the research and writing credits), with the actual number of credits determined by the student's graduate committee. Under most circumstances, the professional report will take the form of a report, study, or other document prepared for a real-world client (e.g. a municipality, a community organization, a research firm, a consulting firm, or a developer; or a federal, state, international, or nongovernmental agency). Under special circumstances, the professional report may have a hypothetical client or be aimed more generally at the public, representing the student's creative solution to an important planning problem. In all circumstances, the student's graduate committee will determine what additional elements may be appropriate for inclusion in the professional report. These additional elements may include materials describing the work done by the student for the client, a literature search, a description of the methodology employed in preparing material for the client, and the student's assessment of his or her experience in working for the client. The professional report may include but not be limited to work a student does for a client during a summer internship or during a fieldwork class.
Master's Thesis (CRP 8901 and 8906)
Generally, 75–125 pages in length, plus notes and bibliography, the master's thesis constitutes the written product resulting from the student's independent research effort. A student may earn between 6 and 10 credits for the master's thesis (inclusive both the research and writing credits), with the actual number of credits to be determined by the student's graduate committee. The thesis should make an original contribution to knowledge in the field of planning, and demonstrate the student's familiarity with the literature and current debates in the field. Students planning to pursue a Ph.D. in the future should choose the thesis option, as most Ph.D. programs require it.
The following time frame is recommended in order to complete the M.R.P. degree within two years. Please be aware that this schedule is very tight.
Direct questions about M.R.P. credits, core requirements, and format of the thesis to the academic programs coordinator.
Final examinations to defend exit projects are scheduled at the discretion of the committee, based on the project's level of completion. The defense is a discussion between the student and special committee about the student's project.
Note: Some students record their defense to capture the conversation for future use when making final edits.
At least one week (7 days minimum) prior to the defense date, complete a Schedule of Examination Request form (visit the Academic Forms page to fill out).
- Submit the form to the academic programs coordinator with all required signatures
Before writing, contact the academic programs coordinator for a copy of the "M.R.P. Exit Project Guidelines."
M.R.P. students must email the academic programs coordinator a draft of the exit project as a Word document (.doc) for formatting review before it is copied and bound. Please submit the exit project to the academic programs coordinator for final formatting at least two days prior to the Graduate School deadline. The coordinator will review the document for formatting issues including margins, illustrations, page numbering, etc. and will email it back with minor corrections already made, or a list of corrections still needed. Presently, M.R.P. students cannot submit the exit project electronically using the Graduate School website; hard bound copies must be submitted to the academic programs coordinator. Please note that the copying and binding process can take up to eight to ten weeks, so allow plenty of time for each step, but note that the final deadline for submission is the final day of the semester.
All bound exit projects must be standard 8-1/2" x 11", black cover, gold lettering, single-sided print — do not select two-sided print. You must submit two bound copies to the academic programs coordinator.
Exit Project Submission Process / Copying and Binding Information
To submit your exit project after format review, complete the following steps:
- Visit Cornell Print Services
- Click on the "Dissertation, Thesis, and Architecture Portfolio" link
- If you do not already have an account, you will be asked to create one at this time
- Click on "Start a New Order"
- If you are paying with your bursar account, select "I Have Made Special Arrangements for Payment"
- Click on "Continue to Select Items"
- Click on "Other Printing" and then "Hard Bound Books" and "Click Here to Order"
- Quanity : 2
- Size : 8.5 x 11
- Ink : Required Copies - 1 sided- color OR 1 sided black
- # of : This is the number of pages in your document, including all the required intro section.
- Paper : leave it at 24# Archival - 25% cotton
- Signature : leave it at NO SIGNATURE PAGE REQUIRED (The academic programs coordinator, Tina Nelson, will be placing the signature page in the document before sending it to you, so there is no page for them to manual insert)
- and click on "Calculate Price"
- Click "Continue"
- Fill in the fields for your title and spine text
- Degree : M.R.P.
- Degree Year : 2022 (or the current year)
- Project Type should be: Research Paper, Professional Report, or Thesis
- Project Title Line 1-4 : please note that they allow only 4 lines of text with a limit of 38 characters, including spaces, per line. Therefore, if your title is more than 38 characters (including spaces between words and does not fit, you will need to rethink your title and change it on both the word version and PDF version of your exit project (only do this IF your title is more than 38 characters in length). You can do this on the PDF by choosing edit pdf. Be sure to also adjust the signature page that was placed between the title page and the copyright page (page 2 of the document). If you need assistance or would like me to fix it, please send me a zoom invite and I can do it for you
- Click on the arrow to upload your file. A pop-up window will appear. Click on the large arrow in the window and select your text file for your thesis. The pop-up window will close when your upload is complete, and a preview of your file will appear in the lower-left corner of the screen
- Click "Check Out"
- Review your PDF proof, check the box indicating that you have done so, and click on "Accept Proof." If there are errors in your proof, you can go back and make changes by clicking "Cancel" rather than "Accept Proof"
- Review your quantity and make changes at this time if needed
- Enter your shipping information and click "Click Here To Go To Billing Page"
- Select "Campus Delivery". Complete both sections: Campus Delivery: Room 106; Bldg: Sibley; Phone#: 607-255-6848. Next Section: Tina Nelson, 921 University Ave., 106 Sibley Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853
- Click: "Click Here to go to the Billing Page" After you click on Go To Billing Page, it will change the delivery address, choose the option: Use original address to change it back and Click: Go To Billing Page again
- Click on "Review Order"
- Review your order details and click on "Submit Order" You will receive a tracking number and email confirmation that your order has been submitted
- Forward your confirmation email to Tina Nelson , academics program coordinator. You will not be cleared for your degree until this email notification is received
If you would like an additional copy for yourself, you will need to go into the system and submit a 2nd order for your own copy. Please note, the system does not currently allow for an international mailing address for shipping or billing.
Your exit project will be printed exactly as it is on the website and in your file, and you will be responsible for the cost of any reprints. Please ensure that you have thoroughly proofed your file and cover text before submitting your order.
Notes : If you have 11" x 17" foldouts, you need to notify Print Services. You should only specify if the document is all color or all black or full color.
One copy of the bound exit project will be held in the Fine Arts Library and the second copy will be permanently placed in University Archives.
Publishing online through the library's eCommons is an additional option that does not substitute for the required bound copies. Cornell Library has a digital archiving space called eCommons that is a permanent online repository for academic work of students and faculty. Documents uploaded to eCommons are searchable through the university catalog and Google Scholar.
How It Works
Anyone affiliated with Cornell can upload work, including all the metadata (date of publication, keywords, client or sponsor if any, etc.) for that document, and it is housed in a collection in the system. Any format is allowed, but for archival purposes, PDF is highly recommended.
Benefits of Using eCommons
- Documents will have a stable, permanent URL
- The staff at eCommons will update the file type to make sure documents are always readable and accessible (i.e. when PDFs are obsolete, staff will update to whatever file type is the new standard)
- Ability to share documents that are too large to be emailed
- Documents can be accessed by anyone, including those not affiliated with Cornell
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CRP Collection on eCommons
Users can view previously submitted exit projects and other student work in the CRP collection on eCommons .
The Research Paper (TRP) is an independent open-access student-run publication featuring undergraduate researchers throughout Cornell University. Published twice a year, TRP highlights how...
The Research Paper (TRP) is an independent open-access student-run publication featuring undergraduate researchers throughout Cornell University. Published twice a year, TRP highlights how Cornell students extend their academic interests beyond the classroom.
Explore Cornell Research Research Around the University Undergraduate Graduate Postdoctoral Research, life-changing experiences, and community engagement are hallmarks of a Cornell undergraduate education. “I think none of us anticipated that this would turn into anything more than a class paper, but we all felt that there was something there.”
A textbook designed to help English as a Second Language students write research papers. Includes a set of assignments, exercises, and answers; a glossary of writing and research items, and an index. Writing the Paper: Style and Usage Garner's Modern American Usage. 4th edition, 2016. Online.
This handbook is based on the MLA Style Manual and is intended as an aid for college students writing research papers. Included here is information on selecting a topic, researching the topic, note taking, the writing of footnotes and bibliographies, as well as sample pages of a research paper. Useful for the beginning researcher.
By Krishna Ramanujan. More than 99.9% of peer-reviewed scientific papers agree that climate change is mainly caused by humans, according to a new survey of 88,125 climate-related studies. The research updates a similar 2013 paper revealing that 97% of studies published between 1991 and 2012 supported the idea that human activities are altering ...
Whether you’re writing a research paper or any other type of paper, it helps to have one guiding question the essay is trying to answer; you should ask: how does each piece of evidence answer my guiding question? Important Context and/or Definitions Sometimes, we start a research paper by explaining necessary background info, important terms
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Research papers are generally not more than 40 pages in length, plus notes and bibliography, and constitute the written product resulting from the student's independent research effort. A student earns 4 credits for a research paper (inclusive both the research and writing credits).