General Considerations

The Thesis Proposal consists of the presentation, written and oral, of a research proposal that is based on the thesis work already begun by the candidate. For additional detailed instructions, refer to the Thesis Proposal webpage.

The thesis proposal should:

  • Be based on the student's own work, not that of the research mentor

  • Allow the student to organize his/her/their thoughts and plans and place them in perspective

  • Allow the research mentor and the student's Advisory Committee to assess the level of scientific sophistication of the student

  • Provide both the student and the Committee a measure against which to determine subsequent progress.

The Committee should evaluate the student’s ability to:

  • evaluate and synthesize relevant literature

  • articulate and elaborate on the aims

  • show and evaluate preliminary data

  • discuss experimental design as it applies to work planned.

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