A research proposal should clearly explain what your research project will be about, why the research should be done, and how the research will be conducted:
Purpose/Rationale: State the objective(s) of the study – what is known and unknown, why it is important, what are the specific aims, what impact your research may have on the field.
Background Literature: Show that you have done preliminary library work on the subject – highlight what has been done in the past and how that is directing the present proposed research project.
Materials and Methods: Outline how you propose to conduct the research. Make it easy for you to use as a guide when you are actually conducting the research.
Data Analysis: State the proposed method of data analysis.
References: List all references you have used in preparation of the research proposal
Utilize your mentor for help in writing the research proposal – most likely it will take many drafts before both of you are satisfied with the proposal and it is ready for submission to the Research Committee!?
Acceptance into the Summer Research Program
Research proposals received by the due date will be reviewed by the TUSDM Research Committee for possible funding support. Judging criteria includes timeliness and significance of the research, the appropriateness of the study design, perceived feasibility, and organization and clarity of the written proposal. Each proposal will receive one of four possible recommendations: 1) approved for funding with no revisions needed, 2) approved for funding with slight revisions, 3) resubmit for further consideration, or 4) not fundable.
Funding decisions will be made as soon as possible following receipt of the applications. Only one student will be funded per project.