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Senior Scholars Program
Independent Study Committee
A Senior Scholar proposal consists of:
The application packet also contains copies of this year's Calendar and the "Understandings" by which the program is governed. Please consult these to have a clear idea of what doing a project involves.
The main component of a Senior Scholar application is the detailed description of the proposed project. Since the Independent Study Committee cannot serve as the academic expert in the many fields in which Senior Scholar projects are undertaken, Senior Scholar tutors should assume primary responsibility for insuring that proposals have the components necessary for approval.
Students are required to have their proposals approved before the end of the Junior year so that they may start working on their projects during the summer. A student will have only one opportunity to submit a proposal for approval, unless the Committee asks the student for additional specific information. In that case, a student will be allowed two weeks to submit the requested information.
Prospective Senior Scholars should work very closely with their tutors to develop a proposal that includes the following:
Projects in the arts should include a written component, which need not be a full-blown analytic paper. The mere production of a work of art, without indication of further reflection about the subject and of interaction with the literature, does not qualify as a senior scholar project.
Students who will be graduating in January are welcome to apply for the program, but should be aware that the various deadlines will need to be modified. Please contact the chair of the Independent Study Committee to discuss what changes need to be made.
The deadline for submitting Senior Scholars proposals is the second
Friday in April
Submit completed applications to: