Capstone Proposal SAMPLE – The Query

VIRTUAL MOURNING: LIFE AFTER DEATH IN SOCIAL MEDIA

 

I was browsing Facebook recently and noticed my friend Meghan’s face in the “people you may know” suggestion box. I clicked on her profile, and saw her mother had written on her wall shortly after midnight.

I miss you a lot lately… You have such wonderful friends and family who think about you and miss you so deeply. I love you more than life. Mom

 

Meghan has been dead for nearly a year and a half. But her Facebook profile is very much alive. The social media site does not know Meghan is no longer living, so it treats her account as if she is an active user. Her parents, friends and loved ones continue to write on her Facebook wall and tag her in pictures.

 

The updates from Meghan’s profile appear on my news feed and can seem, at times, unnerving. But it also seems that her family and friends are using the social networking site to grieve—and to support one another.

 

My initial research shows those mourning Meghan are not alone in choosing to keep alive the social media sites of their deceased loved ones.  This trend raises larger questions: what is it about our culture that encourages people to take the traditionally intimate act of mourning to a very public platform? What is its impact on our mental health?

 

This article will examine these questions through the eyes of several grieving families to explore how Facebook may be changing the way we mourn the dead. It will also include commentary from mental health professionals to examine whether grieving so publicly is beneficial or harmful—or both.

 

 

** This is a sample of the query portion of the proposal. Please make sure to also include the other required sections listed on the proposal form**

 

 


 

TWO MEN, TWO DREAMS – THE STAKES OF THE IMMIGRATION DEBATE

 

One man struggles to find work each day so he can pay back the loan he used to leave South America and start a new life in the United States.  Another man worked construction in his native Virginia before the economy went south.

 

As one seeks to keep his dream alive, the other watches his business fail as he struggles to compete with the day laborers standing out on the corner—men who can charge less and don’t require medical benefits.

 

This 10-minute documentary will follow two men like this on their separate yet intertwined daily struggles to make a living against the backdrop of a stark economic climate and controversial illegal immigration debates escalating around the nation. Heated discussions in the Capitol, state halls, and living rooms around the nation sometimes gloss over the lives that are most affected. Who are day laborers? Who are the Americans whose jobs they may be taking?

 

This documentary will give viewers a clearer picture of what is at stake, removed from the partisan spin of politicians and pundits.

 

I believe human stories are the best way to help people understand any issue. I want to bring home the issue of illegal immigration, so when people form opinions, they can see faces of real people —and through their lives, better understand different sides of the issue.

 

I have resources at the immigrant-rights group Casa de Maryland and anti-illegal-immigration group Help Save Maryland ready and willing to help me find people with compelling stories.

 

** This is a sample of the query portion of the proposal. Please make sure to also include the other required sections listed on the proposal form**