These are Stuart Plattner's suggestions for submiting a graduate level proposal with faculty sponsorship:

1. statement of the problem (1p)

2. review of literature and significance (2p)

3. preliminary studies by the student (if any) (1p)

4. research plan (5p) Including:

4a. research design

4b. research site or source of data

4c. (references and citations are as important in your methods as in your theory section)

4d. data analysis plans

5. research schedule.