In the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University, doctoral students are required to turn in a brief proposal and annotated bibliography around the time of their comprehensive exams, but the true proposing happens at the time of the prospectus hearing. Students must write, present, and defend a draft of their first three chapters (Overview, Literature Review, and Methodology) for their committee prior to moving forward with IRB approval and the research, itself. I defended my prospectus successfully on August 8, 2015.
The Prospectus Document: Laura Gogia Draft Prospectus 7-24-15
The Prospectus Hearing Slides:
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