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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Comprehensive Exam Format

based on an r21 grant proposal format

A- Specific Aim

  • 1 page (big picture-overview)
  • 2-3 Aims with 1-3 sub aims per aim.

B- Background and Significance

  • 3-4 pages (justifying the project.)

C- Preliminary Data

  • Helps to demonstrate feasibility.
  • Keep figures small but readable.

D- Research Plan

  • Don't forget to talk about potential pitfalls and alternatives.


  • Format should be 15 pages single spaced, .5" margins all around and Arial sized 11 font.