Here are some tips to make sure your project proposal is on the right track.
Your faculty mentor is there to help ensure that you have a successful project, make sure that you allow time to utilize them. You should write a draft, have it reviewed by at least your faculty sponsor and make corrections. A second reader who is not completely familiar with your project can be very helpful.
Your audience is educated and intelligent but not necessarily someone who is familiar with your particular field. Don’t use jargon or abbreviations. Make sure your proposal includes complete sentences and accurate spelling and punctuation.
There are a number of things that are required in your proposal such as a budget, a research question, and methodology. Make sure your proposal is complete. If you have questions, ask! There are many people who are happy to help you with this.
No one’s research is dropping into a void. Make it clear that You know what has been done in your area in the past and where your research will fit in. If you have questions about this, your faculty sponsor is the best person to talk with about your area of research (or you wouldn’t have chosen him/her as your sponsor!).
It should be clear to all your readers what it is that you are researching. It should also be clear what methods you will be using to find the answer. Your reader should have a clear picture in his/her head of what your project entails and what activities you will be carrying out. Projects must have an analytical component.
What will you produce to demonstrate what you have accomplished (a poster, a paper)? Be sure to include this in your proposal.
The proposal must be submitted in final format. It cannot contain markup/editing comments of any kind. It must clearly be written by the student applicant and not by the mentor.
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