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\noindent {\bf Saint Louis University Graduate Education}
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\noindent Dissertation Proposal/Prospectus
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\noindent Student Name: {\hskip 1.5in} Banner ID: \\
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\noindent Mailing Address: \\
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\noindent Major Field: {\hskip 1in} Degree Sought: \\
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\noindent Minor Field (if any): {\hskip .5in} Advisor/Mentor:
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\noindent {\bf I. Title:}
\noindent Please type in the space below the anticipated title of the doctoral dissertation. The title should be both precise and concise and should contain several key words or phrases to facilitate future electronic database searches.
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\noindent {\bf II. The Problem:}
\noindent Please state clearly the problem chosen for investigation.
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\noindent {\bf III. Bibliography:}
\noindent Prepare a list of the principal sources directly related to the problem to be investigated. For the individual bibliographic entries, use the style specified by the major field of study. The single listing is to be ordered alphabetically by the last name of the author.
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\noindent {\bf IV. Review of Related Literature:}
\noindent Summarize briefly the important contributions of previous researchers that form the immediate background for the problem to be investigated, the approach to the study, and the validation of outcomes through comparisons with prior results. Associate those contributions individually with entries in the preceding bibliography. Describe present knowledge relevant to the problem in question and the pursuit of the extension of that knowledge. List research questions.
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\noindent {\bf V. Procedure:}
\noindent Provide a description of the research design; present the plan of investigation. Characterize the data to be gathered, and suggest how those data will be organized, reduced, and analyzed towards preparation of the responses to the research questions formulated.
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\noindent {\bf VI. The Probable Contents:}
\noindent Indicate the manner in which the prepared dissertation is likely to be organized; list the chapter headings as they may appear in the Table of Contents.
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\noindent {\bf VII. University Approvals:}
\noindent Regulations of the Federal Government demand University critique of every research design that in any way requests/requires information from or cooperation of human subjects or involves laboratory animals. If human subjects are to be sources of data, one or more informed consent forms may be required as addenda to the research design.
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\item {\bf Are human subjects required in this research?} {\hskip .3in} {\bf Yes} {\hskip .3in} {\bf No}
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If ``Yes", the Principal Investigator must provide the IRB number and sign to indicate that the Institutional Review Board (IRB) has approved the design and the informed consent forms(s).
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{\bf IRB Number:} \underline{\qquad \qquad} {\hskip .2in} {\bf Student Signature:} \underline{\qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad}
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\item {\bf Are laboratory animals required in this research?} {\hskip .1in} {\bf Yes} {\hskip .1in} {\bf No}
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If ``Yes", the Principal Investigator must provide the ACC authorization number and sign to indicate that the Animal Care Committee (ACC) has approved this research design.
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{\bf ACC Number:} \underline{\qquad \qquad} {\hskip .2in} {\bf Student Signature:} \underline{\qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad}
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\item {The student must sign here,} even if s/he is the Principal Investigator, to indicate completion of this section and of this proposal/prospectus as a whole:
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{\bf Student's Signature:} \underline{\qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad}
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\noindent {\bf VII. Major Field Approvals:}
\noindent The mentor and the department chairperson or major-field director are responsible for critical reviews of this proposal/prospectus. Both mentor and chairperson must sign to indicate full approval. In addition to the mentor, the other two ``readers" must sign this form on the designated lines. Comments, if any, may be made by the mentor, readers, or the chairperson on separate pages to then be affixed to this proposal/prospectus.
\noindent {\bf Note: In no instance may this section be completed [signatures affixed] before completion/signing of Section VII.}
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\noindent {\bf Mentor:} \underline{\qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad} {\hskip .2in} {\bf Date:} \underline{\qquad \qquad \qquad}
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\noindent {\bf Reader:} \underline{\qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad} {\hskip .2in} {\bf Date:} \underline{\qquad \qquad \qquad}
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\noindent {\bf Reader:} \underline{\qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad} {\hskip .2in} {\bf Date:} \underline{\qquad \qquad \qquad}
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\noindent {\bf Dept. Chairperson/Director:}
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\noindent \small{Date that this Proposal/Prospectus was filed with the AVP-Graduate Education:\underline{\qquad \qquad}}
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