Step One: Determine a Project and Find a Faculty Advisor
Faculty Advisor: Students choosing Selectives 1 or 2 will work with a faculty advisor who is affiliated with the WWAMI Program. Faculty advisor responsibilities are to guide the student throughout the process of their research project, including evaluating the plan, signing the proposal, critiquing and approving the final product.
Faculty advisors need to be:
Students choosing Selectives 1 or 2 will work with a faculty advisor who is affiliated with the WWAMI Program. Faculty advisor responsibilities are to guide the student throughout the process of their research project, including evaluating the plan, signing the proposal, critiquing and approving the final product. Faculty advisors need to be:
- Interested in your topic (though not necessarily expert in it)
- Available to you through phone, email, and scheduled meetings
The ideal faculty advisor will also be:
- A role model for qualities you seek to emulate in your professional development
- Enthusiastic about working with you
- Experienced with the clinical problem, scientific question, or policy issue you will be studying
- Someone with skills and knowledge that complement those you bring to the project
In your search for your faculty advisor, consider asking your course faculty, and/or College mentor. Feel free to ask them for suggesions of colleagues who may be interested in serving as faculty advisor for your III project. You might also consult departmental websites and faculty interest databases such as the Community of Science (COS) or Sci Val available through the UW Office of Research.
Step Two: Submit your proposal
Submit a completed III proposal to Julie McNalley for review and approval by the III Approval Committee no later than March 31. Please note that the faculty sponsor section requires their signature.
For Selective 1, if working with human subjects/patient data/tissue samples, you will also be required to receive UW IRB approval and complete the Collaborative IRB Training Institute (CITI) on-line training, prior to beginning the project.This applies even if your research is not occurring at the UW. Note: Proposals may be submitted for review/approval prior to receiving IRB approval.
For Selective 2, a preliminary literature search must accompany the proposal to demonstrate that there are sufficient published studies to proceed with the literature review.
Proposals must be approved by the III Approval Committee prior to initiation of the project. A notification will be sent to you when the III Committee approves your proposed project, a process which generally takes 2 weeks.
Note: Students accepted in the MSRTP or R/UOP programs are not required to submit a separate III proposal to the III Approval Committee. Your MSRTP and R/UOP applications are your proposals.
Step Three: Final Paper and Faculty Evaluation Form
Final papers and faculty evaluation forms are due January 31 of the student's second year. The student must write a paper related to the investigation. Specific paper guidelines and evaluation criteria differ for each selective and are described in guidelines linked above. Writing the paper is an essential component of the Independent Investigative Inquiry requirement, so the student must be the sole author of the paper, even if the student has collaborated with another student, faculty member, or plans to submit the paper for publication under joint authorship. Papers used to fulfill requirements for other courses are not acceptable.
Your faculty sponsor is required to review and and submit a faculty evaluation form regarding your final paper. Please be sure to send them your paper no later than January 1 to ensure there is enough time to make final edits and submit to the final paper along with the faculty evaluation form (to the Curriculum Office) by the January 31 due date.
Questions? Please contact Julie McNalley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-616-8637 in the Curriculum Office.