Introduction to Graduate Research

Introduction to Graduate Research in MTS
MTS 501
Fall, 2016

Final Project

Due December 7, 2016 at 12pm CT via Canvas

Requirements & expectations

Your final project for the course will be a ~3000 word written document consisting of two parts: (1) a brief strategic plan for the next year or so of your graduate school career and (2) a research planning document for a project you plan to conduct. I've elaborated some expectations for each below.

Please format the document so that it is readable, visually appealing, and straightforward to understand. Standard fonts (Times New Roman, etc.) are good. Decent size margins are good (at least 1'' on all sides). Page numbers are good. Standard reference formats are absolutely necessary. Beyond that, it's up to you. Note that I require you to submit your finished document as a PDF so that there are no formatting integrity issues.

Strategic Plan

Please use no more than 1500 words to address the following questions. For each, make sure to connect your answer to the broader goals you have for your graduate career and research objectives:

Research Planning Document

Please use about 1500 words or so to elaborate a more detailed plan for a research project you plan to conduct. This must be a project for which you are responsible for the research design — and are thus actually in a position to plan (I am not interested in reading about your advisor's research plans or projects here, although I understand that your project may need to advance their grants or goals and that you may have every intention of collaborating on the study and potentially even refining the research design with them).

At a minimum, the plan should elaborate the following:

Submission instructions

Please submit a digital copy of your proposal formatted as a .pdf via Canvas.