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  • A statement explaining why this problem is worth studying from an academic perspective (note that this is not the same thing as the commercial relevance).
  • An explanation of the methods and techniques you intend to use to study/address the proposed question(s).

An example candidacy abstract is Sample candidacy abstracts are available for students . Please email the Graduate Coordinator for a copy here. Students are expected to structure their candidacy abstract in a similar fashion. Students are expected to first draft their candidacy abstract in MS Word, using 12 point Times New Roman font. Basic proofreading of grammar and spellchecking is required.