Your task is to draft a proposal that both presents your findings from the Free Fall activity (or some aspect of it) as well as describes a future study of interest. Details of successful proposals can be found online, but your proposal should be capable of reporting the most important aspects of your past and future work through figures and text. It also should be brief, no more than two pages, one for the summary and one for the proposed future work.

Please note, there is no expectation for you to format your work a particular way or to spend a lot of time on the “beauty” of it. As long as the document is clear and previous data is presented effectively, you do not need to consider an “official format.”

Proposals are often peer reviewed by the granting agencies, a practice that we will adopt in class. With your group, you will receive proposals by other students that you will critique in class. You will discuss your ideas and score the proposal according to the rubric. You and your group will also agree on an assessment of the proposal, assigning a score and determining if you would fund the investigation. Remember, both giving and receiving constructive critique are skills that you will rely upon many times in your future. Because of this, a score is not useful without feedback. As a group, you are expected to provide information on successful aspects of the proposal as well as ways in which you could suggest improving.

The score for your Communication Project will follow the breakdown on the rubric, divided between your tutor's review, the peer review you receive, the peer reviews you provide others in the class.

The Communication Project Homework you have completed so far, including the feedback you have received, should help you determine how to effectively communicate your ideas. In addition, we will hold a “Communication Project Prep Day” once during the semester to give an extra opportunity to prepare before the first project is due. During this class, you and your group can collaborate and critique each other's ideas, discuss your previous experiment, and take extra data if necessary. The more prepared you are walking into class that day, the more it will benefit you – please be sure to read the documentation regarding that day.

Some helpful resources:

Proposal Writing Examples - <> and <>

Peer review Tips - <> and <>

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