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Examples of Written Proposals


Marit Simmons

Major: (Intendended) ChemistryLocation: Hurum, Norway

Write an overview of your field experience project including what you will be doing and why you chose your specific project topic and location:

I will be volunteering on an organic farm in Norway for three weeks through the organization World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF). I will stay with the family who owns the farm and receive free room and board in exchange for my assistance with farm work and daily tasks. The hosts I will be working with value organic food production and use biodynamic farming techniques, so I hope to learn more about these sustainable small-scale farming practices. I will also spend three days in Oslo, visiting museums and experiencing local life to gain a greater understanding of the cultural context of my WWOOF experience.

I chose this project because I want to learn about organic, small scale food production and how sustainability can be implemented in everyday life. I decided to pursue a WWOOF experience in Norway because I want to learn about my family’s Norwegian roots firsthand by living with a traditional Norwegian family and immersing myself in their culture. Traveling to Norway will be especially significant for me since I may never have another chance to visit.

What will your roles, duties, responsibilities, or activities be while you are on your field experience? Put another way, how will you fill your days while you are conducting your field experience? Make sure your activities help you reach your learning goals:

At the farm site, my responsibilities will include planting, weeding, and harvesting crops, spreading compost, and general household and farm duties. In the time I’m not working, I will be near the mountains, forest, and fjord, and will be able to hike and swim. I will also have meals with the family and other WWOOFers I stay with, so I will be able to converse with them and learn more about their lifestyles and cultures.

How will the FEG contribute to your academic goals? Please list at least 3 ways your project will enhance your academic and professional aspirations and be specific:

My FEG project will strengthen my sense of independence and self-awareness, which are important skills in any professional field, since I will be traveling alone for the first time and I will have to perform my duties at the site independently much of the time. It will also advance my knowledge of sustainability, which I have an interest in academically-- I may choose to major in environmental chemistry. The FEG will also contribute a significant project and experience to my resume, which has the potential to advance my chances of being selected for internships and jobs in the future.

How will the FEG contribute to your personal development? Please list at least 2 ways your project will help you personally. Be specific:

My FEG project will contribute to my personal development by increasing my confidence in myself and my abilities, since I will have to navigate traveling and performing responsibilities alone. It will also strengthen my communication skills by challenging me to interact with new people of backgrounds and experiences very different from my own.


Benjamin Scott

Major: BiochemistryLocation: Osaka, Japan

Write an overview of your field experience project including what you will be doing and why you chose your specific project topic and location:

I will be going to Yodogawa Christian Hospital in Osaka, Japan in order to shadow doctors and learn about healthcare outside the U.S. I have been given a schedule compiled by chief surgeons and hospital administrators that has given me a very structured idea of where I will be going. What is planned for me to do is to shadow surgeons of four respected specialties: neurosurgery, orthopedics, digestive surgery, and cardiovascular. Surgery observations, outpatient consulting, lab work, and other daily meetings are also planned for me to attend. The reason I chose to do this shadowing experience is because I am well versed with American healthcare and am really interested in learning about others. My main interest is health care, which I feel I understand from an American perspective, and I am interested in learning about the Japanese experience. Work ethics, management, procedures, and rules differ country to country, and I thought it would be interesting to visit Japan as it is very different from the U.S. This specific hospital in Japan is a religious clinic and I believe the “red tape” will be a lot less then compared to a private hospital, and overall legality in students observing is less compared to the U.S.

What do you intend to learn? Please list 2-3 learning goals. Make sure you are specific and your goals are measurable:

1. Difference in Neurological Surgeons Between U.S-Japan:

I feel like I have experienced enough surgeries as an intern and talked to enough surgeons to have an idea of neurosurgery in the U.S. Some key characteristics of neurosurgeons I found is: heavy work ethic, aggressive techniques, an “everyone is worth saving” mentality, and the “neurosurgeons are the top dog” attitude. I am interested in how healthcare differs when looking at the U.S and Japan norms, including: hospital size, number of patients to a room, laws/logistics of privacy (HIPPA?), and patient contact.  

2. Gain Access to Patients:

I’ve found that it is pretty illegal for me to have any patient contact at the hospitals I have interned for in California. California is strict when it comes to legal work and anybody that isn’t a physician or nurse really should not be touching the patient. I’ve been told that years ago I would have been able to do simple things like take blood pressure, write charts, and things that medical students do today, but not anymore. That is specific to the U.S and I’ve been told that pre-med students generally have more access to patients in different countries. I’m interested in what I would be able to do in Japan at this hospital. A stretch goal of this objective would be to try and get scrubbed in to a surgery.

What will your roles, duties, responsibilities, or activities be while you are on your field experience? Put another way, how will you fill your days while you are conducting your field experience? Make sure your activities help you reach your learning goals:

I was given a schedule of departments I will be visiting (neurosurgery, orthopedics, digestive surgery, and cardiovascular), but not exact roles or duties. I can imagine most of it will be simply observing and simple interactions with physicians and nurses. There are a lot of meetings planned for me to attend, and I have been told they are in English so I will be able to understand them. Additionally, most of the faculty speak English so I shouldn’t have much trouble conversing. From past experience, I will only know exactly what I will be doing when I get there. Some physicians and nurses are very relaxed with the rules and regulations and will actually let me do more than what is proposed for me, and some physicians and nurses will stick to the plan exactly.

How will the FEG contribute to your academic goals? Please list at least 3 ways your project will enhance your academic and professional aspirations and be specific:

1. Exposure to Healthcare in a Different Country:

I am a firm believer that you can learn so much from simply traveling to a different country and observing the culture. I hope to learn more about healthcare in general by learning about Japan’s system; simple compare and contrast will allow me to learn differences in U.S and Japanese healthcare. I believe this will help me as I pursue my healthcare career because I will have been exposed to a different way of doing healthcare that will help me form my own ideas.

2. Academic boost/Contacts:

This is a very specific and tailored goal, but I tend to perform better academically when I meet very intelligent people and form bonds with them. I don’t really know how to explain it, but they bring the very best out of me because I don’t want to let them down so I try my hardest for everything. I’d like to try and form bonds and gain contacts with physicians at this hospital. I really don’t know where my healthcare career will take me and I might end up going to Japan for medical school, residency, fellowship, etc… Knowing some people there can be beneficial to me and it can help me professionally later.

3. Learn More Anatomy and Overall Medical Terms:

There is so much to learn in medicine and starting early can’t really harm me. I have kept notebooks from the years of interning I have done and I try and jot down everything I learn in them. I’ll be exploring three completely new fields and I hope to be learning a lot and writing it all down for later reference. I tend to ask a lot of questions when I know the topics so I plan on studying a little bit beforehand so I can ask good/meaningful questions. I’ve noticed that doctors usually enjoy teaching when they notice a student is interested, so I hope to be taught a lot.

How will the FEG contribute to your personal development? Please list at least 2 ways your project will help you personally. Be specific:

1. New Culture:

Based on what I mentioned in one of my academic/professional goals, I believe learning about different cultures and traveling is very important. Japan and the U.S are two completely different countries and I hope to be learning a lot about Japanese culture during my short stay. I personally loved the aesthetic side of Japanese culture and hope to learn more about that and the development of art throughout history. I also enjoy Japanese sayings and proverbs a lot. I find them extremely insightful and almost logical. I hope to take away and try and learn from more prevalent ones on my trip. I believe if you get immersed in a different culture, you take a piece of it with you and I hope to take some sayings with me home.

2. Helping People:

This hospital is primarily for the low income and kind of functions as a clinic, but they do surgical procedures and work just like a normal hospital. This was the closest to humanitarian work I could get and I have no doubts this will help me develop into a caring doctor in the future. Even when I helped patients here in a U.S emergency department with small things like giving them blankets and food and I was humbled by their hardships and gratitude. I enjoy helping people and I know that charity/humanitarian work builds character and I hope to grow from this experience.


Leo Tindall

Major: UndeclaredSan Diego, CA

Write an overview of your field experience project including what you will be doing and why you chose your specific project topic and location:

I will be learning, from books and online courses, how to build realistic and immersive virtual reality experiences, including design, programming, and 3D art.

Virtual reality is an up-and-coming technology in the consumer consciousness. Other than a short period of hype in the late 1980s, VR has not been a popular technology until now, although academic researchers have been using VR and AR techniques in medicine, psychology, and neurology for years - for example, researchers at UCSD used it to work on various techniques to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. With the creation of the relatively inexpensive equipment kits like the HTC Vive, the Oculus Rift, and the Samsung GearVR, however, virtual reality for consumers is becoming a very real reality.

These devices can bring VR experiences, whether simulations for education and training or entertainment like 360° videos and extremely immersive video games, to the masses for a reasonable price, but they need content. A VR system with no content is like an IMAX movie theatre with no movies or an iPod with no music - technically impressive, but not particularly useful. Therefore, VR programmers and experience designers are in high demand in the high-tech industry. I’ve done a good deal of research into the kind of skills that game and simulation development companies want, and the books courses I’ve selected will teach me the majority of them, and I plan to major in computer science at Beloit, which will give me the rest.

What do you intend to learn? Please list 2-3 learning goals. Make sure you are specific and your goals are measurable:

By the end of this experience, I will have learned four major skills. First, I will be familiar with the technology of virtual reality. Second, I will be able to create relatively realistic 3D models rapidly and accurately using the Blender software. Third, I will know how to manipulate and design game worlds in the Unreal Engine development tools and write computer code in C++ to power those game worlds. Finally, I will understand how to bring together these skills to create immersive, interesting, and enjoyable virtual worlds.

What will your roles, duties, responsibilities, or activities be while you are on your field experience? Put another way, how will you fill your days while you are conducting your field experience? Make sure your activities help you reach your learning goals:

I will spend much of the first 4 weeks watching videos from the online courses and then putting the techniques I learn into practice, while the second month will be primarily focused on designing and developing my own VR simulation.

How will the FEG contribute to your academic goals? Please list at least 3 ways your project will enhance your academic and professional aspirations and be specific:

After completing this program of study, I will have the skills and equipment necessary to create virtual reality experiences. I will be able to use the Unreal Engine and its tooling, along with Blender 3D, to create immersive virtual worlds, which users will be able to access with any virtual reality headset. I will have experience with VR, room-scale technology, and hand tracking and control, as well as the programming and design considerations that go along with these technologies. Developing virtual reality games is my dream job, and even if I do not go into a career in VR development, I’ll be able to use the experience of developing software on a large scale to explore other avenues in future internships and summer projects. Furthermore, because simulation programming is performance-critical, I will gain a great deal of experience with optimizing computer code to run as efficiently as possible.

How will the FEG contribute to your personal development? Please list at least 2 ways your project will help you personally. Be specific:

Planning large projects has always been difficult for me, and this is a perfect opportunity to practice bringing together diverse knowledge sets into a cohesive whole with a reasonable deadline and incentive structure.


Chloe McKinley

Major: Biology, ArtLocation: Ely, Minnesota. Superior National Forest.

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I will be participating in Coe College’s Wilderness Field Station program. In this program, a professor from one of the affiliated liberal arts colleges takes a group of eight students to the Wilderness Field Station. The specific course that I want to take is called “Behavior and Ecology of Vertebrates.” During this course, there will be some time dedicated to classroom learning, and I will also apply survey techniques that I learn in class in order to study the local wildlife.  I will conduct an experiment, formulating a hypothesis and testing it with my fellow students. We are expected to canoe and camp while we make our observations. I’ll see the relationships between different species and their habitats, and I’ll be able to examine them through an academic lens with the help of the classes and professor.

I chose this program because I am planning on majoring in Biology, focusing on Ecology, Evolution, and Behavioral Studies. Everything that this course offers pertains to my interests. I love the outdoors, and I have seen how beautiful the Boundary Waters are. I am particularly interested in animals and animal behavior, and the abundance of wildlife and virtually untouched habitats will be a great resource to help me get real life experience with animals that I have only discussed in class thus far.

What do you intend to learn? Please list 2-3 learning goals. Make sure you are specific and your goals are measurable:

My goals for this project are to earn a Biology college credit, learn to properly camp and canoe while observing the local wildlife in the Canadian/Minnesotan wilderness, and improve my group work skills. I hope to learn how to properly conduct a field experiment. I intend to learn about the ecosystem that I will be observing while familiarizing myself with camping, canoeing, portaging, hypothesizing, and testing. The course I want to take is called “Behavior and Ecology of Vertebrates,” so I would learn why the behavior of animals is important in an evolutionary context.

What will your roles, duties, responsibilities, or activities be while you are on your field experience? Put another way, how will you fill your days while you are conducting your field experience? Make sure your activities help you reach your learning goals:

During this project, my responsibility is to be a student who follows instructions, listens well, and learns quickly. While the instructors lead the excursions and provide direction to the students, I will have to apply their lessons in real time. I will also have to help conduct experiments along with the other students.  I will be participating in many hands-on activities as well as small group and individual projects while camping, canoeing, and hiking. My days will begin with short lectures from my professor and will be followed by canoe outings and lab work. I am going to observe the surrounding nature while collecting data to further my class research. Due to the nature and length of this course, I will have to bring academic materials and personal items; the class will be staying in the Field Station, which is in a remote area away from town, immersed in the wilderness.

How will the FEG contribute to your academic goals? Please list at least 3 ways your project will enhance your academic and professional aspirations and be specific:

This project would supply me with a Biology course credit, which would go towards my major. At the same time, it would provide me with hands-on experience in scientific fieldwork, which is important in determining which disciplines in Biology I would like to focus on. Hopefully, this program will help determine whether or not I enjoy this type of work. I will become more familiar with my own skills and interests and have a better grasp of whether or not I should seek out occupations that deal with field experimentation, observation, or ecological and environmental work.

How will the FEG contribute to your personal development? Please list at least 2 ways your project will help you personally. Be specific:

I love the outdoors and being immersed in the wilderness of the boundary waters sounds heavenly to me. However, the secluded location will force me out of my comfort zone, because I have never had extremely limited access to electronics and the internet for such a lengthy amount of time. I think this program will help me to grow in my critical thinking and practical problem solving, and I feel that I’ll make close and valuable bonds with my classmates and instructor.