I’m writing a research proposal/living allowance request. (It’s sort of a hybrid: 50% “Hey, I have this really cool idea!”, and 50% “Please, fund me, I need money to live“).
Of course, I’ve never actually done research. But that doesn’t bother me, because I’m banking on the idea that 3 years of making autoclave runs, staring at gels, and sorting beetles wouldn’t have necessarily meant that I’m qualified to do this project either. (What would qualify me? I don’t know. For starters, being a real adult who has her taxes done already and lives in a clean apartment?)
Still, if the proposal is accepted, I have no idea how to do the required statistical analysis. I’m just going to take an educated stab at assuming I can learn.
(… actually, I think I was supposed to have learned these statistical tests in high school statistics. But I knew I was going to Third Tier Conservatory for my theater BFA, and I figured – why waste my time? So I took the non-AP Stats course, and subsequently spent an entire semester memorizing how to press buttons on a borrowed TI-89 and throwing pennies at floor tiles.* Good choices.)
In any case, since this is more of a “soft” research project (impossible for me to kill a patient, lab rat, or cancer cell), I feel like I might as well take a chance. If the review committee thinks it’s as cool as I do, I’m sure it’ll work out.
Either way, I think the whole process of putting together the proposal has been pretty enlightening. I’ve somehow managed to actually get my act together enough to collect letters of recommendation, write a personal statement, and even finish up the project proposal and budget itself.
Overall, it sounds almost like real work – just as long as I ignore the part where I have 2 finals next week and I’m currently behind in both classes, so it’s really more like a very fancy way to waste time.