Proposal Guidelines for
Proposals should be written in a language understandable by individuals outside your area of expertise, while maintaining the rigor of the project’s discipline. All application packets are reviewed by a multidisciplinary evaluation committee.
Provided by the faculty mentor:
Mentor Form (PDF)
- Project abstract
- Mentoring plan
- IRB/IACUC approval letter (if required)
Provided by the student:
Student Form (PDF)
- Student project plan
- Personal statement
- Unofficial transcript (Goldmine Printout)
All documents (except the unofficial transcript) must use the PDF submission files provided. Supporting images should be referenced (Figure #) and titled in a separate file with figure #:
- Define any acronyms the first time they are used
- Font: 10 - 12 point
- File type: PDF (save as PDF to upload)
Project Abstract (500 words)
In this portion of the submission form the faculty mentor provides a concise description of the project including:
- Project Title
- Background of the proposed project, including the theoretical framework (if applicable) in which the project is grounded
- Overall project objectives and/or research questions
The project abstract should be written in a language understandable by individuals outside your area of expertise, while maintaining the rigor of the project’s discipline. Acronyms should be clearly defined. All application packets are reviewed by a multidisciplinary evaluation committee.
Mentoring Plan (600 words)
In this document the faculty mentor must address the following questions:
- How long have you known your research mentee and in what capacity?
- What expectations do you (the mentor) have of your research mentee?
- What can the student expect of you (the mentor)?
- How often will you meet one-on-one?
- Who will be the day-to-day supervisor?
- Will the student mentee meet with other members of your (or someone else’s) research group?
- How will you help your mentee develop professional skills and expand their professional network?
Student Project Plan
In this section the student, with guidance from the faculty mentor, provides a detailed description of their specific role in the project. Be sure to address the following questions:
- What are the specific objectives/milestones that you (the student) will be directly addressing during your participation in the program?
- What methods, processes, and/or techniques will you need/learn to achieve your specific project objectives/milestones?
- Provide a proposed timeline for your project, indicating project milestones expected to be achieved within the duration of the program (MERITUS 32 weeks, SURPASS 10 weeks)
Student Personal Statement (600 words)
The student personal statement should address the following:
- Why do you want to participate in the proposed research project?
- What prior academic courses and/or experiences have prepared you for the proposed project?
- What are your future academic and career plans?
- How will this experience benefit you?