In other words, your supervisor will need to assess the strength of the initial stages of your research.
This will be assessed through a two-page report on MRP research undertaken over the term, due to the supervisor by March 30, and a meeting with the supervisor in the first week of April to discuss progress and plans for the research and writing stage of the project.
The standards for a passing grade in the MRP require that the student demonstrate a cogent and appropriate level of scholarly inquiry and conduct independent research. 1, you must have gone through several drafts of your paper on your own; assume, with the inevitable delays and distractions, that you can write two or three good pages per day of your paper.
Since the MRP is 40-50 pages long, you are going to have a writing period of 15-20 days per draft, after you have completed your research. It should be organized as follows (page lengths provide approximate guidelines only): The purpose of the progress report is to ensure that you are moving through the initial stages of your research project at a good pace.
The graduate coordinator can also assist the student in identifying professors with expertise in the area of study.
Until the proposal has been approved by the Graduate Studies Committee, the professor’s supervision of the project is an agreement in principle only.
You will then have 2-3 weeks in July to implement that feedback and complete the paper before submitting a final version of the 40-50 page MRP to the supervisor on Aug. We advise that you take these deadlines very seriously.
Experience has shown that students cannot expect to receive a passing grade by mid-August if they do not submit strong work in June.
It is incumbent upon the student to select a supervisor for her or his MRP, and to discuss the possibility of supervision with the faculty member prior to submission of the proposal to the Graduate Studies Committee.
Prospective MRP students are encouraged to review professors’ areas of expertise and publications on the faculty website.