Research Proposal

  • By December of Year 3
  • Prerequisites: Graduate Committee approval of Thesis Committee

  • Purpose: Each student must make a public formal presentation of his or her proposed research to his or her thesis committee, as well as the public community.  A well-developed proposal will:
    • a) Help the student develop critical questions
      b) Help the student lay the foundation for their research
      c) Help the student isolate pending problems and develop actions to avoid them
      d) Serve as a “roadmap” for the student’s research
      e) Help the student think through the entire research process, using an integrated approach
  • Research Proposal Format


  • Scheduling the Proposal Presentation
    • The student is responsible for finding a time that works for all thesis committee members. 
    • The student must reserve the space and necessary audio/visual equipment for the presentation with the help of the Graduate Program Coordinator
    • The student should submit a copy of the proposal to all thesis committee members at least two weeks prior to scheduled presentation
  • Announcing the Proposal Presentation
    • Students must submit details of the proposal presentation (date, time, location, committee members, title, and abstract) to the Graduate Program Coordinator, at least two weeks prior to scheduled presentation.
  • During the Defense Presentation
    • Students must ensure that each thesis committee members completes a BME Milestones Evaluation Rubric for his/her defense. All completed and signed rubrics must be given to the Graduate Program Manager after the defense. Completion of degree will not be approved until these rubrics are submitted.
  • Submit completed and signed Admission to PhD Candidacy form to Graduate Program Coordinator
    • Must be signed by all thesis committee members and the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies


NOTE: BME forms can have original, digital, scanned, or e-signatures. GT forms require original signatures (*with one exception) all on the same form and may not be submitted for departmental or institutional approval until all are obtained. *Exception: For GT candidacy and completion forms, scanned signatures (not digital nor e-signatures) are allowed for thesis committee members that live outside Atlanta (not simply traveling or otherwise absent). To prepare for proposal and defense presentations, students should email the blank forms to members who live in other cities to be signed, scanned and emailed back to the student prior to his or her presentation. Original signatures from the rest of the committee members should then be added to the forms with any scanned signatures.


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