The project proposal articulates the vision of the project and sets out the plan for its completion. It will be reviewed by the department and returned to the student (via the mentor) with any comments, or requests for clarification or revision. It is important to write this document carefully because it will set the standard against which your final project deliverables will be judged.

The project examples page lists some projects from the past. Don’t let those project limit you but rather use them as examples of the scope and nature of appropriate senior projects.

The general sections to include in your proposal are as follows:

  1. Vision and General Overview of Proposal
  2. Mentor Selection
  3. Research Question or High-Level Design Specification
  4. Development Approach
  5. Quality Assurance and Schedule
  6. Resources
  7. Risk Analysis

A template for the proposal can be found here: