Project Completion Guidelines
- If your bid is selected, expect an initial e-mail from the State Department’s Diplomacy Lab office introducing you to available resources and contacts
- Seek student commitment early in the semester to take on Diplomacy Lab projects.
- Develop clear expectations in terms of the respective roles of the supervising professor and the students who are working on Diplomacy Lab projects. For example, think about how frequently you will require status updates; and how frequently you will review drafts of student work.
- Be prepared to engage in video and teleconferences throughout the semester to provide students with the opportunity to interact with State Department officials and to receive feedback. These meetings also help clarify any questions you may have on your project and ensure that you are on the right track. Try to set up the dates in advance to avoid scheduling conflicts.
- Solicit initial feedback on the direction of research from the Department of State point of contact early.
- Anticipate potential modifications to the scope of the project, timelines, and be willing to be flexible in this regard
- Determine early in the semester what the final product that is submitted will look like, e.g., how many pages, format, etc. If several students will be researching and submitting contributions, who will coordinate submission of a final report? How will the various contributions be streamlined? Will students combine the submissions or professors?
- Have a set timeline that builds in adequate time for review and editing prior to the submission of the final product to the Department of State.
- Seek additional advice and in-class presentations. Contact Michael Hamburger.
Questions should be addressed to:
Michael Hamburger, Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences