2 Questions to Address What do you plan to accomplish and how? What is the purpose of the study?Why is this study important?How will this study contribute to current knowledge in your field?Prove you are not “reinventing the wheel!”What are your own insights?What is your hypothesis?How will you carry out the study and interpret the results?Be specific and have a clear sense of direction.
3 Content of Research Proposal TitleSpecific, researchable questionClear, direct purpose for experimentIntroduction & BackgroundDetailedRelevant to researchable questionMaterials & MethodsExplanation of proceduresTime lineExpected resultsBibliographyMLA formatAt least 3 scientific journal articles
4 Introduction Research problem/purpose Context Key concepts and relevant background informationLiterature reviewRationaleMajor issuesIndependent and dependent variablesHypothesis (if any)
5 Materials & MethodsSufficient detail to determine that methodology is soundSufficient detail to carry out the experimentDemonstrate that chosen method is appropriate and valid (among alternatives)Data to be collectedQualitative & quantitativeSubjectsInstrumentsProcedure & length of time
6 Research Proposal Grading Rubric Introduction and Background (3)The introduction provides a context for the research question, and includes key concepts and relevant background information. Significance of the information to the proposed experiment is unquestionable. Insights into the problem are appropriate. The rationale for the experiment are described thoroughly. Dependent and independent variables are identified, as is the hypothesis (if any).
7 Research Proposal Grading Rubric Research Question (3)The student has chosen a specific, researchable question that has the potential to add to the current body of knowledge. There is a clear, direct purpose for the experiment. The hypothesis and research question are strongly supported by the background information.
8 Research Proposal Grading Rubric Materials and Methods (3)The materials and methods include a thorough and specific explanation of procedures, specific independent and dependent variables, and expected results. Enough detail is included to determine that the methodology is sound, and to carry out the study. The experimental design is logical given the question, and current methods are used. The study design, a description of the subjects, instruments to be used, procedures, and length of the study are included.
9 Research Proposal Grading Rubric Clarity and Quality of Writing (3)Writing is crisp, clear, and succinct. The writer incorporates the active voice and passive voice when appropriate. The use of modifiers, parallel construction, and scientific language are appropriate. Transitions tie sections together, as well as adjacent paragraphs.
10 Research Proposal Grading Rubric Citations/MLA (3)All needed citations were included in the report. References matched the citations, and all were encoded in MLA format. At least THREE primary sources were cited.