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How do I get my thesis/dissertation proposal signed by the Department Chair?

In order to have your proposal signed, you must bring a hard copy for the Department Chair to review and sign, ideally before the final proposal meeting with committee members. The usual turn around time is 2-3 days.

In order to have your proposal signed, you must meet the multicultural requirement. See below:

The Department of Psychology has adopted the requirement that student research provide an opportunity for training in multicultural psychology. The link for the Department's multicultural requirement is here

In order to fulfill this requirement your proposal should include information on the specific diversity demographics of the sample you propose to use. If you are using Psy 113 students, you can find demographic information for URI students on the URI website.

In addition, your literature review should address whether cultural variables such as gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, SES, etc. are related to your study variables. If, for example, you are studing depression, you would want to report data indicating that depression is more prevalent in women than men. This strong finding suggests that men and women should be analyzed separately. In many cases the results of the literature review will NOT have implications for your study design. Nevertheless, it is important to be aware of the research literature as it may have implications for the generalization of your findings.

If your sample will be predominantly based on women (as it would be a Psy 113 sample) you should probably present literature for how your variables relate in women.