Students keep a laboratory notebook or equivalent in the format required by the research mentor. The notebook is considered to be the property of the research laboratory or group and must stay in the lab (you can make copies or take carbon copies when you leave). The notebook will provide a complete record of why experiments were initiated and how they were performed, methods, objectives, reagents, results/data, and conclusions, as well as keeping track of student hours. The notebook will become the basis for the thesis. It is each student’s responsibility to find out his or her mentor’s requirements for the lab notebook, and for data organization and storage. The lab notebook or equivalent partially fulfills the WIC requirement for BRR majors.