Thanks to everyone who started proposal documents and posted links to media artifacts. We have a few instructions and requests, with the aim of making the proposals easier to access and read.
We messed up and put two places in the proposal template for a link to your artifact -- one at the top under pre-proposal and one under Background and Research Process. Please forgive us and also put your link in both places so it can be found extra-easily.
If you put your name(s) into the title of the proposal, please take it out, leaving a descriptive title only. If you are co-authoring your proposal, editing the document once will add your name as a contributor on the page, and we will know that the proposal is yours.
The link to your media artifact should be a descriptive title with an active link, not a URL in the text.
In general, your proposal should be a working document. It should grow and evolve over the course of the semester -- please be bold about posting early drafts of sections, and making changes as you go along.
Formatting can get messed up as you add to the document. Be kind to your fellow MSC members, and clean up the formatting as necessary.
Responding to media artifacts
Please look at other caucus members’ artifacts and offer feedback in the comments area below the various proposal pages -- the Topic Coordinators will be contributing comments as well.
Persona and POV Statement
The next major milestone in your proposal crafting is the Persona and POV Statement, due no later than October 21. See this document for instructions.
Now would be a good time to start identifying and contacting consultants (some of you have already done this for your media artifact -- you can use those). By way of reminder, you are meant to engage them in substantive discussion regarding the proposal’s need, scope, practicality, and likely impact on the lives of students in Michigan. Consultations should be with three people outside of the MSC who have specialized knowledge or insight about your issue (including but not limited to professionals, professors, government officials, and community leaders). Bear in mind that a consultant’s experience and/or expertise can also be invaluable in helping you streamline your research process and make it more efficient.
Responses to your service check-ins (UM Students only)
Along with responding to your service activity reports, the instructors will also be providing an assessment of your work-so-far in the course. Be sure to check the comments on your service check-in assignment.