This assignment is due by class time Tuesday of Week 1. You will submit a link to your individual log (see below) as your submission, but you will complete a number of tasks in this assignment.
Creating your Research Log
A central skill to your success in research projects and beyond will be the ability to plan, track and account for your efforts and achievements. In ERSP you will do this planning and tracking using an online research log. This is essentially an electronic research notebook that is viewable to the rest of your research team (or in this case, the rest of the ERSP scholars and me).
Research logs serve a variety of purposes, including (but not limited to!):
To help you plan and remember your goals for the week
To help you measure progress toward these goals, and get better at goal setting and time management
To communicate your activities and questions with me and with the other members of your group
To keep track of findings, ideas and results related to your research
You can find examples of logs from previous ERSP participants linked below. Take a minute to look them over.
You will create your log as a Google Doc. Follow the steps below to create your log and put in your first entries:
Make a copy of the Research Log Template. Name your file "FirstName LastName Log". Save the copy inside the research folder for your group, which you can find inside this folder (you should only be able to see the folder with your group's name on it. If you can see other folders, just go to the one with your mentor's name(s)).
Observe the format of the research log:
Every week you will add a header for the week (e.g. "Week 1" or "Week 7") with the dates. Note that our weeks will run from Friday-Thursday, as our TA will be giving you feedback on your logs sometime after Thursday's class, so it needs to be up to date by then.
Weeks are listed in reverse chronological order, with the most recent week and entry always at the top of the page. (Under the table of contents)
Under the week's header, you will list your goals for the week
Each day you work, you will enter the date of your work. You may make additional notes as necessary. Days will progress in chronological order.
Each day when you are done working, you should record the amount of time you spend working at the top of that day's entry.
Under the appropriate day under Week 1, record the answers to the following questions:
What are you most excited about in ERSP, and why?
What are you most nervous about in ERSP, and why? The answers to these questions should be in complete sentences or short paragraphs. Really take some time to reflect on what you hope to get out of the program and be honest about what you think you might struggle with.
Finally, make sure your log is inside your group's research folder (you should have saved it there in Step 1, but check to make sure). If not, move your log into the folder for your research group. You can find your research group folder this Google drive folder.