Prof lili saghafi How to Write Research Plan / Dissertation Project and Thesis
Research PlanHOW TO CHOOSE A TOPIC forResearch Plan and WriteDissertation Project and ThesisAND APPLY FOR FOUNDINGBy: Prof. Lili Saghafi
AGENDAHOW TO CHOOSE A TOPIC and Apply for FOUNDING• Choosing a topic• How to write• Developing Your Ideas• Applying for Funding
Choosing a topic• Research / Dissertation projectsare really tough to start from acold stop. Try to find somethingyou’ve already been thinkingabout, an idea that’s beendeveloping in the back of yourmind for a while, something thatmay have arisen in a seminar, in your studying for frontmatter, or in something elseyou’ve been reading or workingon.The word seminar is derived from the Latin word seminarium, meaning "seed plot".
Choosing a topic• You can always go back to oldreaction papers you’ve written,articles you’ve liked, or notesyou’ve taken ( specially In myCourse) to mine them for ideas.
Choosing a topic• One thing a lot of people do is keep an “ideas folder”of interesting ideas, topics, notes, etc.—just writedown anything that strikes you as having somepotential for development, whenever you see it orthink of it, and stick it in the folder.• Whenever you’re stuck, go back to the ideas folderand see if anything pops out at you.• Try to tease out an idea and see where it goes.• While you are studying for your dissertation is a greattime to start filling up your ideas folder.
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Example of BROAD TOPIC• nuclear waste• violence in schools
5 Ws• 5 Ws (a concept used by manyjournalists) to help narrow the broadtopics you have listed.• The 5 Ws are essentially “Who, What,When, Where, Why,” but it is alsouseful to include the question• of “How” in your discussion.
Narrowing the topics• In addition to narrowing the topics, avoidcreating questions that can be answeredwith a simple “yes” or “no.”• So, for example, you could create questionssuch as “What is the best way to transportnuclear waste?” or “Who is responsible forreducing school violence?”• Other questions might include “How shouldnuclear waste be regulated?” or “Howshould parents deal with school violence?”
Narrowing the topics• By creating a series of questionslike these, you can see how abroad, overly general topic canbe narrowed to something morespecific, debatable, andaccessible for research.
Narrowing the topics• Additionally, these questions canlead you to the strategies fordeveloping research questions
A couple good ways to thinkabout developing a topic:1) Think about your topic as aconversation, and ask yourselftwo kinds of questions.– First, how does the currentconversation lead us to misssomething important?– Second, how can your projectmove this conversation in amore fruitful direction?
A couple good ways to think aboutdeveloping a topic:2- This could be in one of manyways—– measuring something in abetter way than it has beenbefore,– recognizing something importantthat has been ignored,– Bringing two streams of thinkingtogether that haven’t spoken toeach other before, etc.
A couple good ways to thinkabout developing a topic:3- What is the puzzle that current theoryleaves unexplained, and how will you solveit? ( Energy, Water, Telecommunication, pharmaceutical Global problems,....)4- Your dissertation should make a doublecontribution: both theoretical and empirical.Hindustan Unilever Vitality Foundation , Water For Public Good, India water Partnership
A couple good ways to thinkabout developing a topic:5. Think about what your project will sound like in a job talk.1. Banish the following words:» seek» hope» try» wish» believe2. Banish the following phrases:» “is worthy of study”» “deserves study”» “merits study”The fact that you are studying it proves that it is worthy of study.Saying these words makes you sound like a junior gradstudent trying to convince a skeptical advisor of the value of adissertation topic.
A couple good ways to thinkabout developing a topic:6. You need to be able to make the case that yourproject is both interesting and relevant.7. What’s your punchline (the last part of a joke or funnystory that delivers the meaning and the bulk of thehumor) ? What will you say when someone whocould hire you asks you about your research in theelevator at PGDM?8. Have a 30–second version of your dissertation thatmakes people want to know what you find out.9. Also, remember that you’ll have to sell your projectto people outside of your field—why does companyneed your research?
A couple good ways to thinkabout developing a topic:10. You must be passionate about your choice ofprojects, because you’ll have to work on it and livewith it for sometime .11. You can’t start off lukewarm—imagine how you’ll feelafter a while down the road.
A couple good ways to thinkabout developing a topic:12. On the other hand, be a little cautious. Do thinkabout how your project will “brand” you.13. In many ways, your dissertation will define whereyou sit in terms of the categories that organize ourprofession—e.g., a public opinion scholar, a criticalconstructivist, a gender studies person, a formaltheorist.14. Think about how you want to be situated in theprofession—there may be reason to postponecertain projects.15. What scholarly community do you most want to be apart of? What kind of job do you want?
Be Cautious• Don’t try to “game the system” by choosing a topicthat’s “hot” or that you think will be by the time youfinish.• One of the biggest risks in writing a dissertation is notfinishing it, so you have to actually care about whatyou are working on, even three years down the roadif you want to continue on the same topic.• And you don’t know what the field will look like whenyou finally get to the job market.
Be Cautious• Keep timing issues in mind.• Some projects are more suitable for specific times inyour career than others.• For a dissertation, you need to finish in a finite periodof time.
Applying for Funding• Some funding proposals can be no more than twosingle– spaced pages, and they are due as early asSeptember.• Keep this in mind and get to it!• General Information on Research & DevelopmentFunding Schemes of Central GovernmentDepartments/Agencies in India• The Echoing Green Fellowship program has providedmore than $2 million in seed funding to a diversegroup of the world’s most promising socialentrepreneurs.
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