"Before commencing the final dissertation research, the student shall give a public defense of his or her PhD proposal. Students prepare a research proposal that includes a literature review in the chosen topic area (this usually is but is not required to be derived from the literature review from the portfolio) and a description of research topics to be investigated. This work should be done under the direction of an appropriate faculty adviser.
After forming a committee, students take an oral examination covering their general preparation for the research involved, as specified in the General and Graduate Information Catalog."
Please find my proposal abstract and the actual proposal attached below.