Original Research Proposal – Physical

Original Research Proposal – Physical

Each student is required to submit an original research proposal (ORP) consisting of a one-page preproposal and a twelve-page full proposal. The scope of the proposal should be outside of the current plan of the Ph.D. dissertation.

The one-page preproposal outlining the aim of the proposed research must be submitted to the division’s graduate studies representative by August 15th of the student’s fourth year for the topic pre-approval. If a resubmission of the pre-proposal is required, it is due on November 15th. The preproposal should be single-spaced with font being Times New Roman at size 11.

The full proposal must then be submitted by March 1st of the following year. After the submission, the student should schedule a 20-minute presentation of the proposed research in the Physical Chemistry Seminar. Proposals will be reviewed by a faculty panel (composed of at least two faculty members), and an evaluation will be provided by the panel before April 30th. A proposal deemed inadequate will be returned to the student for revision. Revised proposals must be resubmitted by June 30th and approved by a date set by the faculty panel.

The full proposal should be approximately twelve-page long (excluding the references) and should be double-spaced with font being Times New Roman at size 11. The format of the full proposal’s body should follow:

  1. Introduction/ Executive Summary (1-2 pages):
    • Specifically describe the scientific question and hypothesis of the proposed research.
    • Summarize the aims and clarify how these aims will answer the scientific questions/hypotheses.
    • Explain how the proposed research advances our knowledge of chemistry. Describe how the concepts, methods, or technologies in the field will be changed or expanded if the proposed aims are achieved.
  2. Literature Survey (2-5 pages):
    • Discuss the current state of the scientific understanding for the proposed problem that the proposed project addresses.
    • Provide a deep and specific survey of the field with approximately 30 references.
  3. Research Plan (4-8 pages):
    • Describe any novel theoretical and/or experimental approaches or methodologies, instrumentation or interventions to be developed or used, and their advantage over existing methodologies.
    • Describe the overall strategy, methodology, and analyses to be used to evaluate the specific outcomes of the project.
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