Summer URG Submission Checklist

Proposal Formatting

  • Two pages
  • 1-inch margins on all sides
  • 12 point Times New Roman OR 11 point Arial font
  • No title at the top of the page
  • Your name is not on the page
  • No space between paragraphs (see Line and Paragraph Spacing in Word)
  • Single-spaced (NOT 1.15 spaced)


Proposal Topics

  • You have introduced your project in the first paragraph
  • Your background and literature review covers what is known about your research topic, and what you will contribute to the topic
  • Your methodology describes how you are getting information or data
  • Your methodology describes how you will USE the information or data you gather to answer your question
  • You have a paragraph describing how you have (or will learn) the skills needed for your project
  • You end on a statement of how your research will help you with your academic or career goals


Post-Proposal Attachments

  • If you are going to interview specific people or travel to a specific place to find them, you have an appendix providing proof that you have contacted those people
  • If you reference a figure in your proposal, it is attached (DO NOT use figures to explain your concepts completely)
  • If you are conducting interviews or surveys, you have an appendix providing the questions you will ask
  • If you will interact with human subjects or data from human subjects, you have attached your CITI training certificate (see Northwestern IRB)
  • You include your list of referenced works or any endnotes from your proposal


Faculty Endorsement

  • You have informed your faculty endorser that you are applying for a URG, and you have gotten feedback from them on a draft of your proposal.
  • You have provided them with the link to the Faculty Endorsement page of the Office of Undergraduate Research website, which contains the endorsement questions and instructions
  • You have informed them that they must submit their endorsement within 72 hours of the deadline
  • You have obtained their netID, which you will need to enter when submitting your proposal online. (If your endorser is from another university, contact the URG Coordinator ASAP to obtain a temporary netID for them.)


Final Notes

  • Review the online submission form ahead of time to ensure you have all of the information you need.  The deadline is 11:59 pm.
  • When you submit your application, you MUST complete the survey, or your proposal will not go through to the system
  • If you need help, see the Office of Undergraduate Research’s Plan-It Purple Calendar to find info on Peer Review Workshops or Drop-In Advising Hours for last-minute concerns