Sample Final Project Proposal Format
Dr. Sarah & Max Cat
April 14, 1999
(I encourage you to add categories relevant to your project the proposal does not have to be in the following format! Your proposal should be clear, concise and well written (unlike the following and of course a bit more serious than the following).)
Abstract: We propose to study whether Sidney Cats eating habits can be modeled with a differential equation.
(This section should be a brief summary of your proposal)
Materials: Cat food, watch for Max Cat.
(This section should contain any materials you will use. If you will not be doing a real life
experiment, then eliminate this section.)
Background: While speaking to Dr. Bill Bauldry about Sidney Cats eating habits, the question arose as to whether these habits could be modeled by a differential equation. This question is interesting since cat food at Dr. Sarahs house is left out 24 hours a day and
Sidney Cat weighs 15 pounds and seems to be eating much of the time.
(A section like this could contain information on why the project is interesting, how the project arose )
Project Proposal: Max Cat will use his watch to note the time Sidney Cat begins eating and the time Sidney Cat finishes all day, every day, for one week.
(This section should be much longer than the abstract.)
Possible Biases: Max Cat might miss some of Sidney Cats feeding cycles since Max Cat cannot possibly just stand in front of the food bowl for a whole week. In addition, Sidney Cats eating habits may vary week to week, depending on the indoor temperature, possible distractions such as birds feeding at the bird feeder, or other unknown biases.
(This section should contain possible biases.)
Expected Results: We expect that Sidney Cats eating habits will show the phenomena of chaos, because Margaret A. Federhart, D.V.M. 2 points out that cats often
(This section should contain a prediction of the outcome of the project, and your reasons
for making this prediction).
1Dr. Bill Bauldry, Math Dept, 262-????
2Margaret A. Federhart, D.V.M., Whispering Waters Animal Clinic, 295-0295
3http://www.madeupcatwebaddress.com, Dr. Tom's web page on cat feeding behavior
(This section should contain web page addresses, books, articles from journals, and/or the name of any faculty you spoke to. ).