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What is Senior Experience?

A bookend to Lawrence's nationally recognized Freshman Studies program, Senior Experience is a way for students to integrate their knowledge and skills, demonstrate proficiency in their major field, and develop scholarly or artistic independence. Students discuss Senior Experience plans with faculty advisors during the junior year.  Then every graduating senior produces something significant — an independent or collaborative research or creative project, major seminar paper, portfolio, performance, or exhibition — to satisfy criteria for the major set by faculty of that department or program.  Senior Experience thus provides a capstone unique to each student yet universal to students across the university.

Funding for the Senior Experience is made possible by:

George '51 and Marjorie '44 Chandler Endowment for the Senior Experience
Edward Byers Fund for Senior Experience in Art or Art History
Julie Esch Hurvis Senior Experience Fund for Studio Art
Barbara Peterson Fund for Senior Experience in the Social Sciences
Thomas A. Steitz Nobel Fund for Senior Experience in the Natural Sciences
Harold B. and Richard W. Zuehlke Research Fund for the Physical Sciences

Funding a Project

Any senior or spring-term junior can apply for up to $3,000 to support an ambitious or distinctive Senior Experience project. To apply, fill out a student application and have your project advisor fill out a faculty recommendation. Questions? Contact Bob Williams, Associate Dean of the Faculty.

SE Student Application (DOCX)

SE Faculty Recommendation (DOCX)

Project Reports

If you received Senior Experience funding, you must submit a project report to receive the final portion of your funds. This should be submitted as soon as the funded portion of the project is complete. Use the form below.

SE Report Form (DOCX)

Senior Experience Titles

Senior Experience titles appear in the Commencement program.  Graduating seniors are asked to submit their titles as part of the graduation application process.  See the Registrar's Help for Students for more information.

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