This is a very important step in the process. After identifying a faculty mentor, work with your faculty sponsor to outline your project. Your discussion should lead to an agreement on the nature and scope of your project, method of inquiry and expected outcome; budget; timeline for completing the project; your access to supplies, equipment, and facilities; frequency with which you will meet throughout the project; and your educational goals.
It is quite likely that you will have to meet with your mentor more than once during the application process. Give him/her the Faculty Recommendation Form to fill out and return to you. Your faculty mentor should read and critique your proposal and must fill and the sign Part B of the Application Cover Sheet.
While it is expected that students will seek help from their faculty mentor in formulating a proposal, students are expected to write the actual proposals. Faculty may critique a proposal but they should not write the proposal.