5931 - graduate office: page navigation hide page following has been adapted for the english department from the graduate school’s “statement on thesis/dissertation proposals.
Thesis proposal states a problem to be investigated and describes how the research will be performed and reported.Although the student is expected to seek guidance in the choice of topic and the method of solving the problem involved, responsibility for the proposal lies with the student who will, as far as possible, work independently and demonstrate the ability to plan and outline an acceptable research project.
Adherence to the guidelines given below should assure the student that all information necessary for the satisfactory evaluation of the plans for master’s or doctoral research will be included in the thesis proposal should present the required information as concisely and clearly as possible.
The ability to describe concisely a research problem and methodology is one of the skills that the proposal process is designed to develop.
Therefore, all thesis/dissertation proposals are limited in length to the signature cover-sheet plus 15 or fewer double-spaced, numbered pages in a font size no smaller than 12 als longer than this will not be accepted, however, appendices and references are not included in the 15-page limit.
Proposals will also be returned for revision if they do not contain the appropriate sections described in the contents section of this statement on thesis/dissertation proposals.
Sufficient copies of the proposal must be provided to permit distribution to the graduate school, institutional review board or institutional animal care and use committee if required (see sec.
Iii), department, major professor, thesis or doctoral committee, and the proposals should be submitted before substantial research has been completed.
In all cases, however, the proposal must be submitted at least one semester before the semester in which the thesis/dissertation itself is to be submitted and the english department, the dissertation proposal is submitted for review by the student’s entire dissertation committee once the written and oral comprehensive exams are completed.The student meets with the committee for the purpose of discussing the proposal and the first stages of the dissertation. Then, all copies of the thesis proposal must be signed by the members of the student’s doctoral committee, who thereby approve the proposal for forwarding by the student’s major professor via the director of graduate studies to the vice provost for graduate studies, research and outreach.
The vice provost is charged with responsibility for review and approval or rejection of all proposals.
Proposals that do not meet the standard of the graduate school will be returned to the student for revision and resubmission.Approved proposals are returned to the department for distribution, with one copy retained in the student’s file at the graduate school.
Sections on “research involving human subjects” and “research involving vertebrate animals” excluded here, but you may read them by going to the grad school webpage and consulting their statement on the phd proposal).Title of the studythis is the title as the student conceives it at the time the proposal is submitted.
In such cases, the most satisfactory one will be used for the dissertation, the final formal report of the investigation.
Justification for and significance of the you start to get into the substance of your proposal.
Relation of the principal literature to the proposal; in the english department, by “principal literature” we mean both the primary texts or object you plan to treat, as well as the secondary texts that have come to inform your approach to those primary texts. Level the work should constitute a significant increase in the pool of –this is a substantive section of the proposal. A brief, provisional chapter outline is appropriate in this section, since it indicates the logic behind how you envision the organization of your last part of the thesis proposal is a statement of the resources needed for the successful completion of the study and an indication of their accessibility to the student proposing to use them.