(from University of Minnesota's Dissertation Calculator)
Read the narrative for this stage on the University of Minnesota (UMN) website, then use the links listed below to update the links in the narrative and to locate UCF resources equivalent to those described for UMN.
Step 1: Brainstorm possible research questions. Be creative. This is your chance to experiment with a variety of different questions you might pursue.
Step 2: Do some preliminary research.
Step 3: Narrow down your ideas to your top two or three.
Step 4: Discuss with all your advisors, other faculty, peers.
Step 5: Through this process, reach an agreement with your advisor on an initial set of research questions to guide your research. Note that as your research progresses, you might refine your questions.