By this point, you’re ready to begin the exciting process of creating your field of interest. As a general rule, most students will first meet with a TIP Fellows coach to help determine their goals and interests while creating a timeline for your proposal. We also encourage students at this early stage to look through past fields and approved field proposals (available in FAC 334) to get an idea of what’s possible and what a polished proposal looks like. Once you and your coach agree on a feasible interdisciplinary field, you can begin the actual writing process. After several revisions, your final field proposal will be submitted to our faculty panel for approval. If your proposal is approved, you can then move to the next stage of the TIP Fellows process.
The entire field invention process can be completed in less than a month, whether you have a clear idea of what you want to propose or if you’re still trying to find something that really appeals to you. No matter what stage of the process you’re at, this page has the resources to guide you through to a polished and well-written field proposal.
1) Inventing Your Field
The first step in creating your personalized field is simply brainstorming about what you want to study. We recommend you take a look at the following guide to help you start the process of creating your personalized field of interest. We also offer a survey designed to gauge your various interests; to access the survey, e-mail Madison Searle (searle at mail.utexas.edu).
Inventing a Field of Study
A guide to help you start the process of creating your personalized field of interest.
2) Writing Your Proposal
After you’ve decided on the field you’d like to study, it’s time to start writing your proposal. Take a look at our guide to creating a strong and well-written proposal for helpful guidelines while writing. Feel free to look at our sample proposal as well for an example of a well-written topic proposal.
Writing a Successful Field Proposal
A guide to help you create a strong and well-written proposal for your field of interest.
An example of a well-written and approved topic proposal.
If you want some idea of the different disciplines and courses being taught around campus, the following resources should be a great help. These documents are also a great way of figuring out where to start looking for faculty mentors and other resources that can assist you in your particular field of interest.
The Colleges, Departments, and Academic Centers of the University of Texas at Austin
A comprehensive list of the various academic departments and programs run at UT Austin. Look here if you want to get an idea of what is being taught around campus.
A list of the many majors offered at UT along with brief descriptions of that discipline. Browse through this to get an idea of what classes might be offered in your potential field of interest.