Abstract, Background/Literature Review of Environmental Health Topic /15
Research Objectives /10
Research Methodology /15
Mechanism of toxicity or disease outcome (as applicable)
Results and/or Discussion /20
Pertinent regulations and Recommendations
Overall quality of report /10
Critical Review Paper (20% of grade): Each student will work on the assigned research topic or pick a topic of their interest (in consultation with the instructor by the end of week-1) to develop a publication quality critical review paper. The purpose of writing a critical review paper is for the student to develop an understanding of how environmental health research is conducted and to acquire skills for conducting a thorough literature review in support of environmental and human health research, and be able to properly cite and reference peer-reviewed literature. While honing writing and critical thinking skills, students will develop competency in synthesizing valuable state-of-the-art information from the current literature (ideally the last ten years) and present a critical analysis on a pressing environmental health issue.
The critical review paper ought to be of high standard, 6-page long (single-spaced, 11-point Times Roman, 1-inch margins on all sides), and references can follow any standard citation style guide (e.g., APA, MLA, etc.) but ought to be consistent throughout the paper. A minimum of 35 references must be cited. Cover page, references, and appendices (tables, figures, schematics, etc.), if any, are not included in the 6-page limit.