This section should provide detail about the background to the research question. In this section you will need to demonstrate an understanding of the existing literature and research studies within the area of your proposed research topic. This is to assist the reader to understand the significance of your research, and where it fits within the existing body of knowledge.
The review and approval of the Doctoral Dissertation Committee Approval Form by the Dissertation Council is intended to ensure that proposed dissertation committees contain members who are research active and have expertise in the proposed research topic, relevant methodologies and intended data analyses. In addition, the approval of proposed doctoral dissertation committees is intended to be a check of adherence to the current AU Graduate Academic Regulations.
Assignment:Proposed Research Topic on Comic Rhetoric of your Choice
Change in guidance to NINDS K application reviewers. Prior to residency, many clinically-trained individuals, most with PhD training but also many without, have conducted one or more outstanding research projects and published the results in highly regarded journals. Following residency, which includes little time for research, these individuals must re-establish their research programs, often in a completely different research area. As part of the K application review process, reviewers have, in the past, evaluated candidates in part on whether they have published during or after residency on their proposed research topic (as an indicator that they have re-established a research program). Consequently, the time in training for a clinician-scientist is extended not only by the time it takes to obtain high quality preliminary data for this new research project but also by delays associated with completion of the study and publication of the results in a top journal.