Research Grading Guidelines

 

Unacceptable

Poor

Satisfactory

Excellent

Safety

Endangers self or others

Ignores safety protocols.

Follows reasonable safety protocols.

Follows reasonable safety protocols.

Makes sure all laboratory safety equipment is functioning properly.

Work Ethic

No attendance

In lab less than 10 hrs/week.

In lab at least 10 hrs/week.

In lab at least 10 hrs/week. Works hard and makes efficient use of time.

Group meeting attendance

No attendance

Attends, but is unprepared and does not participate.

Attends and participates.

Attends and participates enthusiastically.

Laboratory Skills

No effort at creativity or literature reading.

Requires constant supervision.

Does only what is told to do in the lab. Shows little understanding of project.

Is familiar with literature supplied by advisor.

Works diligently in lab.

Actively seeks pertinent literature, plans new experiments, and offers interpretation of data.

Works enthusiastically in lab.

Notebook

No notebook

Illegible

Records procedure and data in reproducible manner.

Records procedure, data, observations, and conclusions in reproducible manner. Dates each page.

Oral Presentations

No presentations

Only presentations at group meetings.

Public presentation at dept undergrad symposium

Presentations at dept symposium and at scientific meetings

Final Report

No report

Short report with little detail.

Report accurately describes the goals of the work, provides background of the work and includes relevant data, analysis and conclusions.

Report accurately describes the goals of the work, provides background of the work and includes relevant data and analysis. The report goes beyond simple conclusions and provides sophisticated interpretation and proposals of future work.