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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 an award from the Senior Experience fund.  See the sidebar for more information.

Chandler Senior Experience Fund

The George and Marjorie Chandler Fund for the Senior Experience at Lawrence can provide awards of up to $3000 to support ambitious or distinctive Senior Experience projects.  To apply, fill out an application and have your project advisor fill out a recommendation.  Use the forms below.

SE Student Application (DOCX)

SE Faculty Recommendation (DOCX)

Forms should be submitted to the Senior Experience Director:

Bob Williams
Associate Dean of the Faculty

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