Summarize the study, including the following elements in any abstract.
"Biology lab #1" would not be an informative title, for example. In a minute or less a reader can learn the rationale behind the study, general approach to the problem, pertinent results, and important conclusions or new questions.
Write your summary after the rest of the paper is completed.
Continue to be concise, using figures and tables, if appropriate, to present results most effectively. The purpose of a results section is to present and illustrate your findings.
Make this section a completely objective report of the results, and save all interpretation for the discussion.
The abstract is the only text in a research paper to be written without using paragraphs in order to separate major points.
Approaches vary widely, however for our studies the following approach can produce an effective introduction.
Written and oral communications skills are probably the most universal qualities sought by graduate and professional schools as well as by employers.
You alone are responsible for developing such skills to a high level.
Our research papers are not typical "lab reports." In a teaching lab a lab report might be nothing more than answers to a set of questions.
Such an assignment hardly represents the kind of writing you might be doing in your eventual career.