Final Project


Your final project is an opportunity for you to produce a product that shows-off some of what you have learned in the course.

You may work alone or with up to two other students in the class. If you work with others, you will need to complete a statement about who did what, and all of the members of your team will get the same grade.


You may choose any of a wide range of topics for your final project:

  • A tool or resource you find especially useful.
  • A paper or papers that do or do not replicate.
  • Independent research on some topic related to open science.

Here are some topics students chose in Spring 2023:


There are multiple formats for your final project.

  • Short (5-10 min) in-class talk
  • Poster
  • Lesson plan/exercise
  • Tutorial
  • Research project (& write-up)
  • Opinion piece


Project proposal

  • Every student or team must submit a one-page project proposal. Your proposal should state the aim or objective of your project, the format, and a include a brief description of how you intend to go about achieving your objectives.
  • If the proposal is submitted on-time (by Friday, October 13), the student or team gets 5 extra credit points. If the proposal is submitted late, there is no penalty, but also no extra points. If a student or team does not submit a proposal by Friday, October 20, there will be a five point penalty.

Project presentation

  • Every student or team may make an optional presentation to the class about their project. Please indicate whether you are willing to make a presentation when you complete the survey below.
  • The presentations will occur during class on December 1, 4, and 6.
  • If you wish to have your presentation made available publicly on the course website, please let me know. This is also completely optional.

Project write-up

  • Every student or team must submit a write-up, due on Wednesday, December 13, 2023.
  • Depending on the format of the project (talk, poster, paper), different written materials may be submitted (slides, poster, etc.).
  • For an in-class talk, submit a separate document with your talk text or notes and your slides or your slides that include presenter notes embedded within them.
  • For a poster, submit a PowerPoint or PDF of your poster.
  • For research paper, please submit an APA-formatted manuscript 1,500-2,000 words in length.
  • For an opinion piece, please submit a document up to 1,500 words in length.
  • For an interactive website or presentation, please submit a complete set of files needed to evaluate your website or presentation.
  • For a lesson plan, please submit a document up up to 1,500 words in length.