Independent Research Instructions
Application Building Blocks
A complete application consists of following components
- Research Proposal
- Literature Review
- Annotated Bibliography
- Supervisor Approval & Meeting Log
- Two Faculty Recommendations
A research proposal should summarize your proposed research project in 5 to 7 pages. It should contain a clear research question and describe the methods you will use to carry out this research. It is also your opportunity to describe previous coursework or experience that has prepared you for this project. Finally, you should describe how you will engage with the host country.
A literature review is an opportunity for you to explore your research idea.
A literature review is a short paper that critically analyzes a published body of knowledge through summary, classification, and comparison of prior research. It offers an overview and assessment of the current state of knowledge on a topic and will help you insure that research on your topic has not already been done. Unlike an annotated bibliography, a literature review is presented as a structured critical paper rather than a listing and description of bibliographical works researched. The literature review should include at least 5 scholarly articles or books on your topic and should be approximately 5-6 pages long
For additional information on the literature review, please click here.
The annotated bibliography should include citations for a list articles, books, and documents and briefly summarize the importance and relevance of this source and how it will be useful to your proposed research project in no more than 200 words for each source. You should have at least 10 sources.
This section should include 10 to 15 contacts. For each contact you should include the following information:
1. Name of Contact
2. Organization or Institution Affiliation
4. Telephone Number
5. Dates of Communication
6. Brief description of how this contact will contribute to your project
Step 1: Your budget should include price quotes and descriptions that demonstrate how you came up with the cost estimate for each of the 10 items below.
1. Airfare (3 Price Quotes)
2. Ground Transportation (Description/Notes/Source/ and Cost)
3. Accommodation (Dates/ Number of Nights/ Type of Accommodation/ and Cost)
4. Cellular Phone (2 Price Quotes)
5. Food (Description/Notes/Source/ and Cost)
6. Research Materials (Description/Notes/Source/ and Cost)
7. Immunizations (Only If Necessary)
8. Visa (Description/Notes/Source/ and Cost)
9. Translation for human subject’s application or other (Description/Notes/Source/ and Cost)
10. Other items (Description/Notes/Source/ and Cost)
Step 2: You should include a summary of the above costs with an overall total budget amount in US $.
All figures must be converted into US dollars.
Document your exchange rate and source, if applicable.
Round your figures to the nearest dollar.
For additional information on Budget Guidelines, please click here.
Should describe in detail what you will be doing weekly and daily (8 to 10 weeks.) Your itinerary dates should fall between the completion of spring semester finals and the third week in July. All students who are granted the Richter will be required to return to campus following their Richter research to present their findings at the Undergraduate Research Conference in the summer.
Supervisor Approval & Meeting Log
You will be required to turn in a supervisor approval and meeting log as a part of your proposal. Your meeting log should notate the date of your meeting and summarize what was discussed. For more information on finding a Richter supervisor, please click here.
Two Faculty Recommendations
You will be required to submit two faculty recommendations. One of the recommendations MUST be from your supervisor. Oxy's on-line application system will assist you in requesting these and IPO will forward the forms for approved applicants to our partners—no need to fill out program-specific forms. Be SURE to discuss your proposal and/or send a copy of your essay questions to your recommender. They cannot complete the form unless they know your reasons for research abroad.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (323) 259-2533
- Visit: McKinnon Center for Global Affairs Johnson 102