In keeping with Catlin Gabel's philosophy, senior projects offer students the opportunity for experiential education in an area of their interest, connecting school experiences to further scholarly work or to work experiences that fall outside the Catlin Gabel curriculum. They provide opportunities for living our mission of inspired learning leading to responsible action. Senior projects immerse the senior in an adult world of his or her own choosing.
Projects may be internships, research positions, or service jobs. They must take place within an existing adult organization with a clear purpose. There must be an adult mentor on site who is willing to communicate regularly with the school, and an Upper School faculty advisor. The student must be in contact with the faculty advisor at least once a week. All students will write a blog in order to record their experiences and keep their advisor and mentor informed of their progress.
Schedules for Projects
Senior projects typically run for a period of three-and-a-half weeks at the end of the senior year. Students are expected to work a full day (6-7 hours) for each day of the project. Specific hours can be adjusted to accommodate the mentor’s needs or the extracurricular schedule of the student. At the end of the project period, all students give a presentation of their senior project experience or write a substantial paper about their work.
|Wednesday, February 6, 2013||
Deadline for ALL seniors to submit a general senior project proposal to C and C advisors and to the senior project committee member who is overseeing the project
|Wednesday, February 27, 2013||
Applications due for senior projects
|Monday, May 6, 2013 –
Friday, May 31, 2013
|Senior project period|
|Wednesday, June 5, 2013||
Seniors conference with project faculty advisors and rehearse senior project presentations
|Thursday, June 6, 2013||Senior project assembly (special schedule)|
Application and Requirements
Application Due Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Students should meet with their faculty advisor to discuss their project and the application before doing the final write-up.
Criteria for approval
- Degree to which the project meets the intent and requirements of the program.
- Demonstrated strong interest in the topic of the project, and good project design.
- Mentor on the project site who appears willing and able to help ensure the success of the project.
Evaluation and Credit
- Quality of the student's blog and final presentation.
- Report by the faculty project advisor.
- Evaluation by the mentor.
Responsibilities of Senior Project Faculty Advisor
Before the project begins
During the project
At the conclusion of the project
For more information on senior projects, open the downloadable files below. The Upper School fax number is 503-203-5123.