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Writing Thesis and Dissertation Proposals The Graduate Writing Center of the Center for Excellence in Writing Overview: This workshop will introduce basic principles of writing proposals across a range of disciplines. It will present practical strategies, and it will include examples of successful proposals. Goals 1. To introduce strategies for bridging the gap between coursework/beginning research and thesis writing. 2. To help you understand the rhetorical situation of the thesis proposal and common elements of such proposals. 3. To introduce practical rhetorical and grammatical principles of writing effective proposals. 4. To provide you with tips for drafting and revising individual sections of the proposal. About this Workshop and the Graduate Writing Center: Please note that these workshops are designed to address general writing principles. As a result,  you may not find information in this packet or during the workshop that is directly relevant to  your field or your current study. The best way to view these workshops is as opportunities to be  exposed to general skills that should transfer across disciplines. That means attending these  workshops is not a substitute for reading extensively in your field or for asking questions of  advisors or peers. The Graduate Writing Center, located in 111-L Kern Building, provides free, one-on-one  consultations for graduate students working on any kind of writing project—from seminar papers and presentations to articles and dissertations. Scheduling an appointment with the Graduate  Writing Center is an excellent way to follow up on the practical information you receive during  the workshops. To learn more about the Graduate Writing Center, visit the Center’s website at  . You may also schedule appointments directly, at  Writing a Thesis or Dissertation Proposal 1
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. Please try to schedule an appointment as  far in advance of due dates as possible.  To cancel an appointment, call 814.865.8021. Writing a Thesis or Dissertation Proposal 2
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Writing Thesis/Dissertation Proposals Your thesis/dissertation proposal provides an overview of your proposed plan of work, including  the general scope of your project, your basic research questions, research methodology, and the  overall significance of your study. In short, your proposal explains  what  you want to study,  how   you will study this topic,  why  this topic needs to be studied, and (generally)  when  you intend to  do this work. (Occasionally, you may also need to explain  where  your study will take place.) Purpose Dissertation/Thesis proposals are designed to: Justify and plan (or contract for) a research project.
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