DBM Research Proposal
- Course Grant Requirement:
- You are to develop a research grant proposal.
- The preferred format is NSF''s
- You may also the format that Kiri Wagstaff used in her Ph.D. proposal
- In general, a proposal should
- be on a specific, focused idea
- should identify why it is important to consider this idea
- propose how the idea will be developed or tested
- Course's research proposal elements:
- Abstract: Approximately one page
- Why is the problem important?
- What is your research question?
- Why your question is important? If it is answered, what good things
- What, specifically, is the technical/scientific problem/challenge?
- What, specifically, are the difficulties that must be resolved to answer
your research question?
- How are you going to overcome these difficulties.
- What has been done before? Background discussion; also known as: Literature
Search, Literature Survey
- How will success will be measured/recognized.
- How tested?
- How you will experimentally test it
- Possible outcomes of your experiment
- How you will evaluate your test results; i.e.., how will your test
- References: Articles used in proposal. Full bibliographic reference.
Refer to them by [author, date], not by reference number.
- Single space, 10-15 pages, 1 inch margins, 12 point Times
- Section titles 12 point bold, 10 point space before and after
- Paragraphs: 6 point space before, .17 inch indent first line
- bibliography separate and not counted as part of the ten pages
- Up to three people can write the same proposal:
- One person: 15 meaningfully used references
- Two people: 25 meaningfully used references
- Three people: 35 meaningfully used references.
- Referencing the work of others: Academic honesty
- The proposal is to be your own original work.
- You must reference the work of others. Not doing so is plagarism and
is academically dishonest.
- If you directly take text (sentences or more) from others, you must
put quote marks around it and reference the source. If you directly take
figures or tables from others, you must reference the source.
- It is misrepresentation and academically dishonest to present someone
else's work as your own.
- There are significant penalties for academic dishonesty. The penalties
may be as severe as failure in a course and/or dismissal from the university.
- Turning your proposal in:
- Due date: First day of examination period
- Send in bodth a PDF copy and a MS Word copy
- Turn in a hard copy plus hard copies of all of the references
- Late penalty: 10%/day
- Developing an idea and discovering papers that focus on that idea is
difficult. The paper presentations and discussions of the papers in class
have been to help you gain insight in the process.
- Doing this is NOT something that can be successfully
put off to the last minute.
- Picking an appropriate topic takes time and effort.
- Finding and reading appropriate papers also takes time and effort.
- Writing the paper itself is not simple.
- Your evaluation for this is a considerable part of your course grade.
Consequently, it must be a significant piece of work.
last modified: 17 December, 2009