EPSY 515: Research Methods for McNair Scholars: Research Design

This guide will assist students in understanding research methods to write proposals for their summer research projects.

Steps for Research

  • Find a topic
  • Formulate questions
  • Define the population
  • Select a research design
  • Gather data
  • Interpret the evidence
  • Tell the story

Scientific Method

What is a research plan?

Research Design Resources


The Center for Research Methods and Data Analysis (CRMDA) is a unit within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. They focus on quantitative research design, statistical computing and data analysis. They provide service to faculty, students and staff at the University of Kansas (and other universities) as well as conduct research for corporate and governmental clients throughout the United States. Visit the Project Consulting page to learn more.