Please prepare a 2-4 page project description according to the following guidelines. Your project description should be single-spaced, in 12-point font, and have 1-inch margins. Save as a single PDF file and upload here. The project description should be written for an educated but non-technical audience. Please seek your mentor's guidance in developing the proposal, but note that research plans that appear to be written by the mentor will not be accepted. References should be included but do not count toward the page limit.
Address the following in your project description (please use subheadings in your narrative):
1. Research or Creative Project Goal: Write a brief statement that describes the overall goal(s) of the project or research question(s) that you will examine. The goal(s) or research question(s) should not be overly broad and must be achievable or answerable in the time frame of the program.
2. Background: Discuss what scholars already know about your topic (background information). Highlight what gap(s) in this background knowledge your project is designed to fill and/or what your project is designed to add to this background knowledge. What do you need to learn or accomplish in order to achieve your objective? This section should also describe the significance of your project. What is the expected impact of your research/creative work on your academic discipline and/or to society in general?
3. Methodology or Process: A description of the research methodology, approach, or creative process to be used. This might include, depending on your discipline, a description of field work, lab experiments, quantitative or qualitative analyses, theoretical approaches, archival research, artistic techniques, etc. Be specific with respect to the tasks that you will perform to achieve the research or creative goal.
4. Workplan/Proposed Timeline: An explanation of the proposal's logistics, including: 1) Where this project will be conducted (on-campus, off-campus, some combination); 2) Accessibility of resources, equipment, etc. needed to do the proposed project; 3) Length of support requested (up to 10 weeks); and 4) what specific activities are planned over that time period.
5. Mentoring plan: How often and in what ways (face to face, e-mail, Skype, phone etc.) will the student and faculty member be in contact throughout the project period?