Graduate Research Prospectus
Graduate students must prepare a prospectus that describes the proposed research on which the master's thesis will be based. The research prospectus must approved by the student's thesis advisor, their thesis examining committee, and the departmental Graduate Affairs Committee. Students may enroll in BIOL 598 while they are preparing the prospectus. This prospectus must be approved within three quarters of the date they receive classified graduate standing in order for a student to remain eligible for assistantships. Students normally submit their research prospectus within their first two quarter of graduate study. The student may not enroll in BIOL 597 or BIOL 599 until the prospectus is approved. The prospectus must be submitted to the Department Office by Monday of the tenth week prior to the quarter in which the student wished to enroll in research and thesis units.
Guidelines for the Research Prospectus
The document below provides guidelines for the preparation of the graduate research prospectus.
Rubric for Prospectus Evaluation
The document below is a rubric used by members of the department Graduate Affairs Committee to evalute a student's graduate research prospectus.
|Rubric for Prospectus Evaluation|
Common Pitfalls in the Preparation of a Prospectus
The document below describes some of the more common mistakes encountered in the evaluation of a graduate research prospectus.
|Common Pitfalls for the Research Prospectus|