In the spring of your Junior year, you will need to submit your proposal (guidelines below) to Dr. Amelia Katanski, co-director of Critical Ethnic Studies, no later than Monday of 5th Week. Upon receipt of proposals, faculty will convene to discuss each proposal. Students will be notified if their SIP will be taken by CES, and who their SIP advisor will be, by Friday of 5th Week. Students will then work with their SIP Advisor to develop their proposals further and lay out a work plan for the SIP term. They will also discuss the significant preparation that must be completed before the start of the SIP term. Final project proposals and IRB applications (when needed) will be completed by Friday of 8th Week. The College SIP registration form is due to the Registrar’s office by Friday of 10th Week. It is the SIP student’s responsibility to complete this form, get necessary signatures, and get it to the Registrar.
The SIP proposal form (link below) will ask you for the following information:
- The quarter(s) in which you would like to do your SIP and the number of units (1 or 2) you propose for your SIP.
- An explanation of what you intend to accomplish in your SIP—your project topic, research question, and goals. Explain, too, why you want to undertake this project and your own positionality in relationship to the project.
- An explanation of which theoretical frameworks you intend to employ and why
- A discussion of the methodology you intend to engage, including evidence you have the background (through coursework, as well as other kinds of experiences) to use these methodologies knowledgeably, ethically, and effectively
- A discussion of how the SIP is a capstone project in CES and draws upon your previous coursework and experiences (including list of relevant courses you’ve completed. Note you must complete intermediate level coursework in the disciplines the SIP draws upon (both CES and other disciplines).
- An annotated bibliography of 3-5 sources that inform your work. Annotations should be 3-4 sentences each and will summarize each source and indicate how it might contribute to or inform your project. Note this proposal bibliography is just a starting point. You will be expected, over the SIP quarter, to research and build a larger bibliography of resources that help you to put your project in dialogue with the field.
- Your preferred faculty advisor. Think of the ways in which your project intersects with faculty expertise both in terms of content and methodology. Please understand we will ultimately match you with your SIP advisor based on our own knowledge of our expertise, workload, and availability.
Proposal Acceptance, SIP Contract, and Registration
Proposal Revision and Acceptance:
After you are notified of your SIP advisor, you will work with your advisor to refine your proposal, develop an IRB application if needed, compile a list of resources, and develop a plan for the SIP term. The project will not be officially accepted until your revised proposal is completed.
All CES SIP students will complete, in consultation with their advisor, a SIP Plan that lays out a clearly-defined, ethical process involving consistent communication with your SIP advisor, a work plan, IRB compliance when needed, and a demonstrated commitment to revision. The SIP plan MUST be completed by the end of the term before your SIP term. You and your advisor may negotiate changes to this plan during your SIP term, but you must initiate such negotiations in writing (email) and recognize failing to follow the plan may result, at the advisor’s discretion, in failing the SIP.
Institutional Review Board (IRB) Approval:
Any SIP involving research with human subjects (interviews, surveys, oral histories, community-based research, etc.) requires approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB). All IRB applications are due by the end of 8th week of your junior Spring Quarter. You can find IRB applications here. (This is also accessible on the dropdown Quicklinks menu from the Hornet Hive page.). It takes time to develop an IRB application, so please plan ahead.
SIPs are not officially registered until you file the SIP registration form with the Registrar (you can print a hard copy form on the dropdown Quicklinks menu from the Hornet Hive. Go to Registrar, then Forms—Students). It is your responsibility to turn in this form to the Registrar’s office by Friday of 10th Week of your Junior Spring quarter.
There are some funding sources for SIPs that meet certain criteria, including the Arcus Center, Center for International Programs, Environmental Stewardship Center, Center for Civic Engagement, and Center for Career and Professional Development, among others. Please check with these sources individually for application timelines and criteria. Please plan ahead and note the timelines for these processes may not align with the CES SIP proposal process timeline.