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Final Project Sample Proposal # 2

Proposal:

The topic of my final project is how religious involvement and faith affect longevity. The purpose of this study, to be based on numerous interviews and the collecting of oral "faith" histories, will be to support a relatively new concept which claims longer, happier, healthier lives for senior citizens who are involved with their local church and who rely on their faith daily. Although some biological, psychological and sociological studies and/or information will be presented, the support will rely mainly on personal interviews rather than the research of other scholars and academicians.

Background:

Throughout my entire life my faith and the faith of my family has played an important role in our day-to-day existence. From the time I was a young child I remember going to church each week and oftentimes sitting with my grandmother. One of my great-grandmothers lived across the road from us during my childhood and many mornings when we went for a visit she would be sitting and reading her bible. Additionally, over the past ten years I have visited a number of the "grandmothers" in our church and have been touched by their lives and their strong, unwavering faith in God.

Therefore, I feel compelled to tell their stories and to investigate and tell the stories of other senior citizens in Wilmington and the surrounding areas who find great comfort and joy in their religious involvement and faith.

Throughout my undergraduate and graduate careers I have pursued a number of classes that should be helpful in this final endeavor. During my undergraduate years I took courses in the Psychology of Aging, Lifespan Human Development (a psychological look at the aging process), Performance of Elder's Stories (a communications class revolving around the aging process and the stories of senior citizens), and Sociology ofMarriage and the Family (a sociological look at marriage, the family and the aging process). Then during my graduate studies I completed the initial work on a biographical essay of my husband's ninety-year-old grandfather and another class project that involved interviewing numerous senior citizens who lived through the Great Depression.

This final project and interview process I am undertaking should be an excellent cap to my Liberal Studies degree and to my longstanding interest in the aging process.

Methodology:

Initially, I will spend a few weeks expanding the research I have already conducted on the web, in academic journals, and in the Handbook of Religion and Health , the latter of which provides a comprehensive analysis of "more than 1,200 studies and 400 research reviews conducted during the twentieth century" that examines "the relationships between religion and a variety of mental and physical health conditions"(Koenig, Preface). I will then use this research to help me formulate my interview questions.

Once I have established a research base and developed interview questions, I will complete a list of candidates I have been compiling through networking with friends and acquaintances in order to determine my interview pool. Additionally, I will be a part of the Adult 5 Ladies' Sunday School Class (the oldest ladies of my church) and the Lamplighters (Senior Citizens Group of my church) during the months of August,September and October. I estimate spending four to six weeks on the interview and transcription process. After completing the interviews I will revisit my research base and draw appropriate conclusions.

Preliminary bibliography:

In addition to drawing from my interviews, I will draw upon the following sources, as well as any additional sources discovered during the final project process:

Hummer, Robert A., Richard G. Rogers, Charles B. Nam and Christopher G. Ellison.

"Religious Involvement and U.S. Adult Mortality." Demography 36.2: 273-285

(1999).

Koenig, Harold G., Michael E. McCullough and David B. Larson. Handbook of

Religion and Health . New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.

Larson, David B., Susan S. Larson and Harold G. Koenig. "Longevity and Mortality."

Psychiatric Times 17.8 (2000).

Oman , Douglas and Dwayne Reed. "Religion and Mortality Among the Community

Dwelling Elderly." American Journal of Public Health 88.10: 1469-1475 (1998).

Strawbridge, William J. and Richard D. Cohen. "Frequent Attendance at Religious

Services and Mortality Over 28 Years." American Journal of Public Health 87.6:

957-961 (1997).

Schedule:

Fall 2003

Week 1- 8/18 Meet with Committee members

Expand research while compiling interview pool

Join Adult 5 Ladies' Sunday School Class and Lamplighters

Week 2- 8/25 Continue with research and interview pool

Week 3- 9/1 Complete research and finalize interview pool

Week 4- 9/8 Begin interviews

Week 5- 9/15 Continue with interviews

Begin transcribing interviews

Week 6- 9/22 Continue with interviews and transcription

Week 7- 9/27 Continue with interviews and transcription

Meet with Project Director

Week 8- 10/6 Continue with interviews and transcription

Begin writing paper

Week 9- 10/13 Continue with interviews and transcription

Continue writing paper

Week 10- 10/20 Wrap up interviews

Continue writing paper

Week 11- 10/27 Formulate conclusion

Finish writing paper and submit first draft to Director and Readers

Meet with Project Director

Week 12- 11/3 Work on corrections

Submit second draft of paper to Director and Readers

Week 13- 11/10 Finish loose ends and make sure room is booked for final project defense

Week 14- 11/17 Work on corrections

Week 15- 11/24 Submit final paper

Week 16- 12/1 Final project defense

Revised Schedule:

Spring 2004

Week 1 - 1/7 Continue with research and interviews

Week 2 - 1/14 Continue with research and interviews

Week 3 - 1/21 Continue with research and interviews

Week 4 - 1/28 Continue with research and interviews

Week 5 - 2/4 Continue with research and interviews

Begin transcribing interviews

Week 6- 2/11 Continue with interviews and transcription

Week 7- 2/18 Continue with interviews and transcription

Meet with Project Director

Begin writing paper

Week 8- 2/25 Continue with interviews and transcription

Continue writing paper

Week 9- 3/3 Continue with interviews and transcription

Continue writing paper

Week 10- 3/10 Formulate conclusion

Finish writing paper and submit first draft to Director and Readers

Meet with Project Director

Week 11- 3/17 Work on corrections

Week 12- 3/24 Work on corrections

Submit second draft of paper to Director and Readers

Week 13- 3/31 Finish loose ends and make sure room is booked for final project defense

Week 14- 4/7 Work on corrections

Week 15- 4/14 Submit final paper

Week 16- 4/21 Final project defense

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