Proposal Writing Advice
Your UROP project proposal explains the “what,” “how,” “when,” and “why” of the research, scholarly or creative work you plan to do in partnership with your faculty mentor—and, if applicable, additional supervisors. Proposals also explain your “learning objectives,” or what you intend to learn as you work with your mentor.
Consider the following when preparing your proposal:
- State your “thesis” first. Begin your proposal with the project’s goals.
- Highlight broader impacts. Explain who will benefit from the project’s outcomes.
- Frame the “bigger picture.” Note how the project fits into the larger field.
- Answer the “so what?” question. Make clear what is important.
- Communicate urgency. Explain why the project needs to happen now.
- Avoid jargon/technical language. Reviewers are faculty with expertise in your project area but may not be specialists familiar with some terminology.
- Leave out citations/references. Your proposal’s claims are vetted by your faculty mentor in the “Mentor Endorsement” form.
Tip: Prepare your proposal in a word document before submitting it online.