YouTube VideoYouTube VideoPlay YouTube Video

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 or distinctive project with higher costs should apply for a Senior Experience award.  See the sidebar for more information.

Senior Experience Awards

Any senior or spring-term junior can apply for a Senior Experience Award of 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)

Senior Experience Project Reports

If you received a Senior Experience Award, you must submit a project report to receive the second half of your funds. Use the form below.

SE Report Form (DOCX)

Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube LarryU