• A Hartwick student using a microscope in the science lab.
  • A Hartwick professor discussing Botany with a student.
  • A Hartwick student using a microscope for research.
  • A Hartwick professor helping a student during class.

Senior Projects

The Senior Project will be the culmination of your ISP. As such, it will highlight the distinctiveness of your program of study, and will incorporate the insights and methods you have gathered from previous courses. You can only do your Senior Project in your Senior year and it must be formally proposed and approved the semester before you intend to do the main work.

Your Senior Project will be guided by:

  • a faculty member who will be supervising and grading your project, and,
  • a second reader who will make comments and give advice, but will not actually grade the final version.

Both should be involved in your project from the start and should be very familiar with the overall goals of your ISP.

Usually, it takes time for the design and approval process to take place, so you should start as early as possible. To allow time for evaluation and possible changes, your proposal should be ready to submit to the IS Committee at least four weeks before the end of the term. Note: The IS Committee does not meet during January term.

The keys to a successful senior project are:

  • a clear plan of action,
  • regular communication with your main advisor, reader, and the ISP committee, and
  • timely completion of all major stages of the project.

For detailed instructions on how the prepare a Senior Project Proposal, contact the ISP Coordinator at daltonl@hartwick.edu.