This project was assigned as part of the Spring 2018 Semester of the Writing in Biology course at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The purpose of this project is to provide a chance to practice preparing part of a scientific paper. The assignment was to take a photograph of a flowering plant on campus and create a scientific figure using the photograph. The processes of taking the photographs and creating the figure were to be written out as a set of methods for another student to follow in order to recreate the figure.
In scientific writing, there are divisions that nearly every paper includes. One of these divisions is a methods section. This section allows the reader to understand the steps followed by the researcher, and if desired, to recreate the experiment. Allowing the reader to see how the research was done not only helps the reader understand the experiment, but also makes the data more trustworthy. Being able to write a coherent methods section is an important skill to have for an aspiring biologist.