You will work with your committee chair to establish your research question(s) and methodology. Under the direction of the chair you will prepare the proposal, establish a meeting, and present the proposal to the entire committee. Your committee chair will give you clearance to set the proposal meeting when he/she feels you have thoroughly outlined your intended research. In your research proposal meeting you will lay out your intended line of research, identify its scope, explain your research protocol, and establish a timeline for your study.
At the proposal meeting, the Proposal Approval form is to be completed and signed by the committee. This form requires Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval (if necessary) and a completed copyright checklist.
IRB Approval: Research involving human subjects, live vertebrate animals, and biohazardous materials is overseen by the IRB, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) respectively, and may require approval of the appropriate committee before starting any data collection. Consult your committee and/or the Office of Research Ethics & Compliance. Failure to receive the required approval may delay your research and may even result in the inability to use any data you may have collected. You may complete the appropriate research approval forms either before the proposal meeting or after. Keep in mind that your committee may change your methodology during the meeting. A change in methodology means a change to the above listed research approval forms.
Copyright Checklist: Information about copyright, completing the copyright checklist, FAQ's, and other related topics can be found through Milner Library's copyright information page.
You may not collect any data until this form is approved by the Graduate School.