The Purpose of the Proposal:
Over the last several weeks, your group has been conducting exploratory research and developing an oral presentation about your assigned topic as components of the Integrated Assignment. The final step in this process will be to write a research proposal defining the background and significance of the topic. This proposal may be used to submit to the First-Year Research Conference.

Assignment Description:
1) Title Page (1 page)

2) Abstract (150 word-limit) - Follows format for submission to First-Year Research Conference
The abstract 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 abstract must include credible references and/or evidence of primary research
  • In-text citation style is APA
  • 150 word-limit
    • In-text citations do not count in word count

3) References (no page minimum)

  • You must include a minimum of 3 references (one of which must be a peer-reviewed scientific article)
  • You may include other credible sources

APA Formatting Guidelines:

Blackboard Submission:

  • A Rough Draft of your group's Abstract is due Friday, March 9th @ 11:59pm
  • The complete Final Draft of your group's Proposal is due Sunday, March 18th @ 11:59pm
  • In the Seminar Blackboard course, click on "Content" (left sidebar), "Assignments" folder, "Integrated Assignment" folder, and "Triad" folder. Click on the "Annotated Bibliography - Triad" assignment.
  • Use Microsoft Word to write your Annotated Bibliography, and submit to Blackboard (.doc or .docx file)

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 26th
  • 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.