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DeBakey Scholars Program ~ Components of All Scholarly Projects

  1. Meet with Program Director, members of the DSP Steering Committee, and potential mentors to explore potential projects and strategies.
  2. Identify your general goals – what do you want to learn, where do you want to go, what kind of mentor would you like to work with.
  3. Identify a question, need, or idea that you could explore and ultimately make a new contribution.
  4. Define objectives that are realistic and achievable.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the existing scholarship (both theory and methods) relevant to your project.
  6. Develop a protocol with a clear set of objectives and a work plan that will lead to meeting them.
  7. Develop the necessary skills and support to do the work.
  8. Allocate the personal time and effort needed to complete the project on time.
  9. Apply the scholarly methods effectively.
  10. Modify the project objectives and methods in response to changes, learning and experience.
  11. In a report written in a style appropriate to your area of scholarship:
    1. describe and analyze the results of your project critically evaluate your work in light of relevant evidence and indicate how it contributes to relevant fields of scholarship.
    2. identify areas for improvement, further study and exploration.
  12. Clearly communicate your work to others in the capstone presentation and in other forums.
  13. Consult with your mentor and Program Director regularly for support and help in reaching your goals.