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What is Senior Experience?

A bookend to Lawrence's nationally recognized Freshman Studies program, the Senior Experience engages every Lawrence senior in a culminating academic project that demonstrates proficiency in their major field of study, integration of knowledge and skills gained during their years at Lawrence, and development of scholarly or artistic independence.

Every graduating senior plans and executes a significant project — such as an independent study, collaborative research project, major seminar paper, conceptually-based field experience, exhibition or performance — that meets criteria for the major established by the faculty of that academic department.  In this way, Senior Experience provides a culminating experience that is both unique for each student and universal for students across the university.

Students should discuss their Senior Experience plans with their faculty advisor during the junior year.  Students who want to pursue an ambitious project with costs in excess of a few hundred dollars should consider applying for a grant from the Mellon Fund for the Senior Experience at Lawrence.  See the sidebar for more information. 

Senior Experience Director

Bob Williams, Associate Dean of the Faculty

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