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Proposal Guidelines for

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IMPORTANT NOTE:
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:

  • Mentoring plan
  • Project summary

 

Provided by the student:

  • Student project description
  • Personal statement
  • Unofficial transcript (Goldmine Printout)

All documents (except the unofficial transcript) must conform to the following formatting guidelines:

  • Standard letter size: 8.5 inch x 11 inch
  • Margins: 1 inch on all sides
  • Font: 10 - 12 point
  • Line spacing: 1.5 lines
  • File type: PDF
  • Images can be included as part of the document (no separate files allowed)
  • Define any acronyms the first time they are used
Mentoring Plan (Single page)

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?
Project Summary (Single page)

In this document 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
  • Significance of the project
  • Overall project objectives and/or research questions
  • Key references. It is suggested to limit the number of references to 2-4 key publications due to space constraints.

Proposals 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. Persuasive arguments should be used regarding the project’s significance. All application packets are reviewed by a multidisciplinary evaluation committee.

Student Project Description (Single page)

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/questions that you (the student) will be directly addressing during your participation in the program?
  • How are those objectives/questions related to the background/theoretical framework specified by your mentor in the Project Summary?
  • What methods and/or processes you will learn?
  • 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 (Single Page)

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?
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