It is time to pack your bags because you are headed on a “virtual” journey to a governmental research institution. You will be selecting a leading governmental research institution (you can see a list of top 25 leading governmental organizations below).

The institution’s main website will be the focus of your tour.

After you have spent time fully exploring the website, you will write a 3-page paper (exclusive of title page or bibliography) that addresses the following elements:

  • an introduction with a thesis statement,
  • a brief history of the institution and its significance,
  • an analysis of any primary sources that exist on the website (or in a physical archives associated with the institution)
  • and a discussion of the scientific research issues that the institution is engaged in.

Also, address the rationale for government sponsored scientific research, and make an argument for where scientific innovation is strongest:

  • governmental
  • private
  • commercial
  • educational institutions.

Included in your analysis will be at least 3 peer reviewed or scholarly sources that help you assess the significance of the institution and its history. These sources need to be found in the APUS library.

Click here for how to find peer reviewed or scholarly sources in the APUS library: https://apus.libanswers.com/faq/2244. Click here to learn the difference between primary and secondary sources: https://apus.libanswers.com/faq/2299.

Click here for how you find primary sources: https://apus.libanswers.com/faq/2319.

Here are some approved government institutions that are considered the top 25 in the world. Ask your instructor for approval of one not on the list:

Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, France, Website: www.cea.fr

Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, Website: english.cas.cn

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, Australia, Website: www.csiro.au

Fraunhofer Society, Germany, Website: www.fraunhofer.de

French Institute of Health & Medical Research, France, Website: english.inserm.fr

German Cancer Research Center, Germany, Website: www.dkfz.de

German Research Center For Environmental Health Munich, Germany, Website: www.helmholtz-muenchen.de

Health & Human Services Laboratories, USA, Website: www.hhs.gov

Japan Science & Technology Agency, Japan, Website: www.jst.go.jp

Jülich Research Center, Germany, Website: www.fz-juelich.de

Korea Institute of Science & Technology, South Korea, Website: eng.kist.re.kr

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA, Website: www.llnl.gov

Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA, Website: www.lanl.gov

Max Planck Society, Germany, Website: www.mpg.de

Medical Research Council, United Kingdom, Website: www.mrc.ac.uk

National Aeronautics & Space Administration, USA, Website: www.nasa.gov

National Center for Scientific Research, France, Website: www.cnrs.fr

National Institute for Materials Science, Japan, Website: www.nims.go.jp

National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology, Japan,  Website: www.aist.go.jp

National Research Council Canada, Canada, Website: www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

Pasteur Institute International Network, France, Website: www.pasteur.fr

RIKEN, Japan, Website: www.riken.jp

Spanish National Research Council, Spain, Website: www.csic.es

United States Navy, USA, Website: www.navy.mil

US Department of Veterans Affairs, USA, Website: www.va.gov

 

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