I was totally underwhelmed with the grades the students earned on their research papers. They rewrote and they still weren’t that good. Overall their work was substandard. I don’t think anyone made as good on the research paper as they have made on any other paper. Now, it is true the research paper was twice as long and required quite a bit more research (hence the name) but we also had three times as long to work on it and I offered to read and correct first drafts. Also, the rewrites would have been much better if the students had fixed all the problems I pointed out the first time.
I hope their new papers are better.