The Purpose of the Proposal:

To ensure that your team:

  • Has conducted sufficient preliminary reading/research on your topic
  • Has thought about the issues involved
  • Is able to provide more than a broad description of the topic

Proposal Requirements (All Teams!):

1. Title

2. Proposal
The proposal is a summary that allows the reader to assess basic premise of your topic. As a whole, it should provide a brief description of the goals of your research and the background for why the questions your are proposing are significant/meaningful for this field.

  • The proposal description must include credible references and/or evidence of primary research
  • Your proposal and presentation must be accessible to a college-educated but interdisciplinary group, and should inform the readers about the key points/claims to be made during the presentation.
  • In-text citation style is APA
  • 150 word-limit for 15-minute presentations
    • In-text citations do not count in word count

3. References

  • You references must include, at a minimum, three peer-reviewed sources
  • All citations must be in APA style


Submission Details:

  • Your Final Proposal draft must be submitted on Blackboard by 8:00pm on March 22nd (Wednesday) - only one submission required per team.
    • If your team is in Composition with Ms. Jarvis, please feel free defer to her expectations for the assignment and submit what you plan to turn in to her
    • You may provide a "shareable" hyperlink to a Google document as opposed to downloading/uploading directly to Blackboard - this will help avoid translation problems between Google, Word, and Blackboard

Submission Details - Rough Draft (due March 6th @ 8:00pm)

First-Year Research Conference Submission (Optional)- Additional Requirements:

  • 50-word conference program description of your presentation
  • Names, emails, and cell numbers of all presenters, presentation titles (for proposals involving more than one person), English/Seminar faculty (whoever teaches the class where your project was assigned)
  • Equipment needs. All rooms will have a projector + computer with internet. Let us know if you need something in addition to that.
  • Your schedule: the hours you will be available to present on Thursday April 27th