A09: My White Paper

White Paper: Your Research Thesis

The time has come for you to produce a White Paper on your chosen research topic. For Thursday you’ll owe me a post which, like my sample White Paper “Why We Still Have Polio,” will be work-in-progress toward an actual paper, and will organize your thinking for your benefit and the benefit of early reviewers such as me.

Use the sample polio eradication white paper as a model for your own work. We’ll examine it in class today to clarify what yours should contain.

While this is a serious, graded assignment, it is also an acknowledged first draft. You will receive detailed feedback on what you provide and be graded again on a second, revised draft.


  • Study the sample White Paper, “Why We Still Have Polio.”
  • Produce your own white paper based on the research you’ve done so far on your chosen topic.
  • Publish your work as a new post in the A09: My White Paper category. Title it “White Paper—Author Name.”
  • Be certain to include essential sections:
    • 1. The Topic Background,
    • 2. My Working Thesis
    • 3. Counterintuitive Note,
    • 4. Topics for Smaller Papers,
    • 5. Current State of the Research Paper.


  • DUE THU MAR 14 before class.
  • Customary late penalties. (0-24 hours 10%) (24-48 hours 20%) (48+ hours, 0 grade)
  • Research Process category (10%)

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