Please note that these proposals serve as exemplars for students applying for VPUE Student Grants.
The research proposal can serve many useful functions.
Will experts in your discipline agree that your plan is a good one? What final product(s) do you envision will result from your project?
For immersive summer projects (Major Grant and Chappell Lougee), what specifically will you do during each of the ten weeks of your project.
VPUE Student Grants support rigorous, independent scholarship in all fields (including engineering, fine arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences).
If you are working with a Stanford faculty mentor on a The ideal format and language for your proposal will vary with the kind of project you envision, and with the discipline in which your project is situated.
Significance: Explain why this topic is worth considering, or this question or series of questions is worth answering.
Answer the following questions: why should your instructor let you select this topic? what will this new knowledge add to the field of knowledge that already exists on this topic? what use might your final research paper have for others in this field or in the general public?
After you have conducted significant research you should be able to answer your question(s) in one or two sentences, which may become the thesis of the final paper.
Background: Explain your interest in and experience with this topic.