The informal statement can be very straightforward. It's a simple statement of, "Here's what I'm interested in doing. . . . Here's why I'm interested in that. . . . Here's what I think will be useful for that project. . . . What do you think?"
Or, it can be something like "I'm thinking about doing a project on X or Y, but can't make up my mind. Here's what I'm interested in, and why. . . . Here are some things that look like they might be useful for the project. . . . What do you think?"
A more formal statement (Abstract) of what you eventually decide upon isn't due for another two weeks.)
Wiki questions for the Midterm Exam are due by the end of Week 5, Saturday, 11 February 2017, 11:55 p.m.
AVISO: Late Term Papers will not be accepted unless (1) arrangements for an alternate date have been arranged in advance, or (2) medical emergencies or similar extraordinary unexpected circumstances make it unfeasible to turn in the assignment by the announced due date. Why?
Forum final semester evaluations are due by Saturday, 6 May 2017, 11:55 p.m. CDT
AVISO: Unexcused late assignments receive no credit