University-Facilitated Research Instructions
Application Building Blocks
A complete application consists of following components
1. Personal Statement
2. Literature Review
3. Supervisor Approval
4. Two Faculty Recommendations
The three-part statement of purpose is the most important part of the application. It is reviewed by the International Programs Committee for clearly articulated:
- research, academic and/or intellectual goals;
- informed interest in the culture, REQUIRED: do some RESEARCH and CITE your sources.
- preparation to face the cultural challenges in the community;
- maturity, motivation, and flexibility.
REQUIRED: do some RESEARCH and CITE your sources.
Address each of the following parts in a double-spaced essay of no more than 300 words each.
Part 1 – Country and Culture
Why this particular country and culture? Why do you want to engage with an international cohort of researchers from around the world? Why are you interested in doing research at the Chinese University of Hong Kong? What is your selected research area? What research topic or projects have you identified as your top three choices and why?
Part 2 –Research Track
In contrast to the other research tracks, which features of the university-based research track will advance your goals for research abroad? How? Which features create challenges and how will you meet those? Describe any experience you have that is directly relevant to this program.
Part 3 – Growth and Development
How will research abroad contribute to your development (intellectual, cultural, career, or otherwise) or overall life plans? What do you plan to DO upon return to Oxy and beyond graduation with your degree . . . and how do you hope research abroad will help?
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 list of project topics and host supervisors will be available in early fall.
For additional information on the literature review, please click here.
You will be required to turn in a supervisor approval as a part of your proposal.
For more information on finding a Richter supervisor, please click here.
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