thinking • apply critical reading strategies H u m a n i t i e s

thinking • apply critical reading strategies H u m a n i t i e s

It is coming to the big assignment. I would attach the topic and the sources that you chose, including the statement of the problem, so you would know what you have helped me prepared for the assignment. All I need by this Sunday is a draft of Statement of the problem and Review of Literature (Part A). I would have you help me with part B later.

Research Proposal

Learning outcomes

After completing the research project in ENGH 302, students should be able to…

• use writing as a tool for exploration and reflection in addressing advanced problems, as well as for exposition and persuasion

• employ strategies for writing as a recursive process of inventing, investigating, shaping, drafting, revising, and editing to meet a range of advanced academic and professional expectations

• narrow a research question

• identify, evaluate, and use research sources

• employ a range of appropriate technologies to support researching, reading, writing, and thinking

• apply critical reading strategies that are appropriate to advanced reading in your academic discipline and in possible future workplaces

• recognize how knowledge is constructed in your academic discipline

Task: For this assignment you will design a project proposal to apply for the Rudnicki Fellowship. To accomplish this task, you must, first, read the Rudnicki Fellowship call for applications carefully. Second, you must choose a topic that is current and requires additional research. Third, please complete thorough background research on the topic. Lastly, you must design a project that adds something new to the field and that has a chance to be accepted. The proposal will be divided into two separate submissions. Part A will be the statement of the problem and the review of literature. Part B will be the methodology and the dissemination of the results.

Rudnicki Fellowship Call for Applications (fictitious for assignment purposes only)

The Rudnicki Fellowship is a newly developed fellowship that encourages applications from university students developing current or questioning past research in their particular fields of study. The fellowship provides a living stipend for the length of the project which should be conducted over a period of two academic semesters (about one full year). The length may be slightly extended depending on the project. The topic options are open to all fields, but they should be unique to the student’s discipline. The fellowship does encourage one semester involving coursework at any university and research that is guided by a professional mentor, followed by a semester of fieldwork that is relative to the direction of study. Location choice is not specific, but it must be relevant to the topic and enhance research in a meaningful way.

If responding to this fellowship opportunity, applicants are required to provide an extensive introduction, a review of research regarding the chosen topic, a methodological layout of coursework and fieldwork plans, and a description of how the results will be disseminated, such as a publication in a scholarly journal or attendance at a conference. This list is not exclusive as there may be several other options that can meet the grant requirements for completion of the research. In some cases a presentation may be required.


Please use the topic you have developed from the previous needs assessment assignment. You will enter the discussion by framing the debate and what you propose to add to it. This is not a research paper, but it does require research to provide background data for a lengthy, in-depth paper. As a result, you will be required to provide a bibliography of 12 sources that you could use in a one-year fellowship.

Document length and design

Font: Times New Roman

Size: 12

Spacing: 2x

Word counts:

  • • Statement of the Problem (200-300 words),
  • • Review of Literature (1500-1800 words),
  • • Methodology (900 words),
  • • Dissemination of the Results (150-200 words)

The proposal should all follow documentation and citation guidelines appropriate to your field of study.

Statement of the problem should provide an overview of the proposal. It is NOT written like a traditional opening introductory section. It should include the following:

1. Open with “I propose to….”

2. Mention important facts and information on why the topic is needed and timely.

3. Give a brief description of the methodology you will use. For example, “ I will complete this research by taking courses, interviewing specialists, and conducting filed work.” I would like you to be more specific than that, but hopefully you get the idea.

4. A brief introduction of yourself and why you are qualified to complete this study.

Review of the literature: According to the GMU Writing Center Resource Guides:

“In a review of the research, the writer:

  • defines and clarifies the issue(s) or problem(s) specified
  • summarizes previous investigations in order to inform the reader of the state of current research
  • identifies relations, contradictions, gaps, and inconsistencies in the literature,
  • and suggests the next step or steps in solving the problem
  • Unlike the writer of a researched report, who tends to formulate a question and research answers for it, the review writer develops a question and then looks at how other researchers in published studies have answered this and related questions. The writer then analyzes the points these studies have made and determines how each has addressed the question(s). Finally, the writer synthesizes (brings together) information from the other studies as evidence for each of the points that s/he is going to make.” (

    For our review of the literature students are required to review 7-8 sources. The step by step process will be as follows:

    1. Locate 12-15 potential sources.

    2. Select the best 7-8 sources to use for your lit review.

    3. Write a detailed annotated Bibliography (

    4. Organize them in logical order

    5. Write a narrative that links the studies together that leads to your unique contribution.

    6. Conclude with a paragraph that details how you will uniquely enter the scholarly conversation.

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