STEP 1: PREPARE A PROPOSAL IN COLLABORATION WITH YOUR FACULTY MENTOR, PREPARE A

STEP 1: PREPARE A PROPOSAL
In collaboration with your faculty mentor, prepare a 4-6 page (double-spaced) proposal in word format.
The proposal must include ONLY the following sections:
Statement of the problem or topic of the research or creative work
Purpose: To clearly set out what topic or issue you will be addressing in your UROP project and to make clear that it is concrete and important.
Relevant background/literature review
Purpose: To make clear that you understand where the project lies in broader context and to exhibit that you are engaged in the project enough already to be able to effectively pursue the project.
Specific activities to be undertaken and a timeline allotted for each activity
Purpose: Provide both larger context and concrete achievable timeline within 120 hours. The project is part of a much larger project, but what are we funding? Show evidence that work will be done with the mentor.
Relationship of the proposed work to the expertise of the faculty mentor
Purpose: You are utilizing your faculty’s specific expertise and really gleaning what you can from their very specialized knowledge, you can convey that expertise, you can demonstrate that they will actually be mentoring you.
Relationship of the proposed work to the student’s future goals
Purpose: To show that your project facilitates your educational or career goals, that you have thought about how the project fits into your larger personal goals, and that your project will actually facilitate those goals for you.