ISP Handbook

The Review Process for the ISP Proposal 


  1. The ISP committee, including the chair and each of the other members of the committee, must approve the ISP proposal and accompanying documents before they are sent to the Electives Committee.


  2. When the UGME Office receives a completed proposal, it is sent to two members of the Electives Committee for review.  After the reviewers have read the proposal and made a recommendation, the proposal, with the reviewers' recommendations, is sent to the Chair of the Electives Committee for a final decision.  The Chair will approve the proposal or return it to the ISP Coordinator to return to the student with a request for additional information. In either case, the student will receive an email stating the decision.  For approved proposals, this process takes approximately four weeks, up to two months, during busy season (May-August). If the reviewers and the Chair request additional information, the process may take longer, depending on the timeliness of the student's response.  The student has one month to respond to the concerns of the Electives Committee.


  3. The following minimum criteria will be used by Electives Committee reviewers when reviewing ISP proposals:
    • Is the project described in sufficient detail to be clearly understood?
    • Can the project be reasonably accomplished in the defined time period?
    • Does the proposal define specific goals and how those goals will be achieved?
    • Does the proposal define how the completed work will be evaluated?
    • Is the proposed project an independent, creative work?
  4. The Electives Committee must approve the ISP proposal BEFORE the student starts to work on the ISP.


  5. If a student feels that his or her original ISP cannot be accomplished and wishes to submit a new proposal after the December 1, fourth year deadline, the student and his or her ISP committee chair will be asked to attend an Electives Committee meeting to present the reasons for this decision.

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