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14 Proposal example: Undergraduate Research Grant Proposal ABSTRACT: I request an Undergraduate Research Grant to pursue my study of the water chemistry of Ridler Creek. By testing the creek at several points and over several weeks’ time, we can determine what effect campus has on the water in the Creek. LITERATURE REVIEW: With my literature review I can establish the validity of my sampling methods (references X, Y, and Z). I can mention some standard water chemistry books (references A and B). And I can list the literature most specific to small creek water chemistry (references Q and R). RESEARCH OBJECTIVES1 : Careful, frequent sampling over an extended period of time will provide a strong empirical basis for my study’s conclusions. RESEARCH METHODS: Using the methods outlined in References, and in consultation with my faculty advisor, I will take three samples from each of three places on Ridler Creek at 3 pm each day for three weeks. I will analyze each sample for presence of E. coli bacteria. Proposal    99 OUTCOMES: I will establish either that the Creek picks up E. coli pollution as it flows through campus or that it doesn’t. SIGNIFICANCE AND INNOVATION2 : This work will be significant to me, since it will give me practice in the lab and in the field. And it will be significant to the University, as it should either confirm or quiet rumors that the University’s antiquated sewer system is in trouble. PUBLIC PRESENTATION OF RESULTS3 : I will present my results in a poster and written report that will be part of the URG “Showcase” on December 10. TIMELINE: August 1—Proposal accepted Sept. 1—Begin sampling Sept. 22—End sampling Oct. 30—End analysis Nov. 15—first draft of report Dec. 10—Present report and poster BUDGET: Including all expenses related to the project and noting any other funding sources. REFERENCES: All the sources I’ve mentioned in the proposal and perhaps a few more to show breadth of knowledge. About the numbered items in the example: 1. You could also say “aims,” “goals,” or “hypothesis” here. 2. A similar heading is “benefit of research.” Somewhere you need to tell the grantor how someone will benefit. 3. If you’re asking for public money, you can count on giving a public presentation when you’re done. example: The Impact that Level of Physical Activity Has on the Relationship between Eating Disorder Risk and Emotion Regulation in Female College Students, Alyson Bernhisel and Kendra Homan Abstract Research has demonstrated a strong link between emotion regulation and eating disorders. Driven physical activity has also been described as a prominent feature of eating disorders, yet its association with emotion regulation is unclear. While some studies have found physical activity to be a protective factor for emotion regulation difficulties, other investigations have found high levels of physical activity are associated with higher levels of emotion dysregulation. The purpose of the proposed study is to examine the impact that level of physical activity has on the relationship between eating disorder risk and ER difficulties. 100    Genres Introduction and Literature Review: Eating disorders are severe psychological illnesses associated with a host of adverse medical morbidities, negative psychological sequelae, and significant reductions in quality of life (e.g., Blinder, Cumella, and Sanathara 2006; Nielsen 2003; Rome and Ammerman 2003). The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed., text rev.; DSM-IV-TR; American Psychiatric Association 2000) recognizes two distinct types of eating disorders, anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN). AN is characterized by a refusal to maintain a normal body weight and a corresponding fear of weight gain or becoming fat, a disturbance in body image, and amenorrhea in postmenarcheal females. BN is characterized by recurring episodes of binge eating accompanied by a subjective experience of loss of control over one’s eating, inappropriate compensatory methods to prevent weight gain, and undue emphasis of weight and shape in their self-evaluation (American Psychiatric Association 2000). Prominent in clinical descriptions of AN and BN are references to difficulties in identifying and expressing strong, negative emotions (Harrison, Sullivan, Tchanturia, and Treasure 2010; Hayaki 2009; Sim and Zeman 2004). These emotion regulation problems are often considered important factors in the development of both AN and BN, and emerging research indicates that these problems may even contribute to the maintenance of eating disorder symptoms (Fairburn et al. 2003; Gilboa-Schechtman, Avnon, Zubery, and Jeczmien 2006). In addition to the aforementioned emotion regulation difficulties, it has been well...


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