Inquiry Project Proposal:
Imagine this: You are one of three finalists in a competition to receive $50,000 in funding for research into your inquiry project. There is a panel of judges and they will award the money to just one of the fifteen finalists who just happen to be the 15 students in your section of UNIV 200. Your task is to convince this panel that your topic and research question is the one that should be funded.
You should present only the 3-4 best reasons why your project should be funded. Some reasons might have to do with your own personal interest in the subject, while others may focus on the importance of this project to your peers, the country, the world, the universe–you name it.
How should you convince the panel of judges that your project is the best one? That is up to you. Of course, what you write will be very, very important, and the way that you actually write will seriously influence the judges’ decision. They probably won’t fund a project proposal that seems thrown together at the last minute or contains typos. Likewise, if you haven’t done any research, or don’t include any research, the judges will probably not think that you are very prepared or serious about this work. You need to look like you know what you are talking about. Then again, the judges have already read a ton of proposals and they are comparing yours against 14 others, and they are probably tired of plain-ole’ linear text, so what can you do to make your proposal stand out to them? How can you show that you are willing to go the extra mile, that if they fund your inquiry project, you will make that project the very best it can be? Nothing is off limits. Do your best to be creative and impress those judges!