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Part 3: Pose a Research Question 

Once researchers identify a topic or area of interest for scholarship, they are challenged to articulate the topic in the form of a research question that can be studied through a rigorous investigative approach. Part 3 requires that you pose a research question related to your identified topic of interest.

A research question is often developed from an identified topic. A research topic states a broad issue whereas a research question asks a clear, concise, and open-ended question that gives direction to research and investigation. Numerous resources are available that offer guidance on devising initial questions from a topic, then refining brainstormed questions to produce a clear, concise, and open-ended research question.  

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Finally, use the provided Certificate in Scholarship Template and Certificate in Scholarship Rubric to guide the composition of your question. 


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