Your task is to draft a proposal that both presents your findings from one of the labs you've completed since the Free Fall activity (or some aspect of it) as well as describes a future study of interest that is related, but different, from that investigation. 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, roughly two pages: about one page for the summary and another page for the proposed future work.

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

Proposals are typically peer reviewed by funding 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 first proposal you wrote and the Communication Project Homework you have completed, including the feedback you have received for both, should help you determine how to effectively communicate your ideas. There is no Prep Day before the second proposal, but the information on that document and the discussions you had with your group on that day might help you focus your work this time, too.

Some helpful resources:

Proposal Writing Examples - <> and <>

Peer review Tips - <> and <>

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