Senior Capstone Projects

A Celebration of Research, Scholarship 
& Creative Activities

45th Annual Presentation of Capstone Projects Schedule
Thursday, April 24 – Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Presentation Schedule  
Members of the Arcadia community, families and friends are welcome

About the Capstone Project

Arcadia University has long valued the importance of individual student projects. In 1989, as part of the university's strategic planning process and with help from a grant from the Knight Foundation, a policy was established whereby each department provides a capstone course and each student completes a capstone project in the major. The senior capstone experience is now institutionalized and appears in our undergraduate catalog as follows:

The capstone project includes substantial written or creative work and the challenge of analyzing and integrating what has been learned in the student's major field of study. Specific criteria for the projects are set by the individual departments, generally as part of one or more of the required major courses. Seniors are given an opportunity to share their project experience and outcomes with their peers, the University community, and family and friends in late spring.

Most of the presentations take place over a two-day period during the last week of the semester. Friday evening concludes with the longstanding tradition of the Senior Art Exhibit. The faculty encourages all students to attend these events. Since regular classes are not held on Friday, many instructors and departments require their students to attend.

There are several different ways in which student work is showcased. These methods parallel the ways in which professional meetings are held and include:

Poster presentations: A poster presentation is just as it sounds. The research project is summarized on a poster. Many of these posters are displayed at one time. When you attend a poster show you walk around and stop at posters asking the presenter questions about his or her work. Students are encouraged to stand next to or near their posters for the majority of the poster show time so that you can ask them questions.

Oral presentations: Other departments have students give oral presentations of their projects. These may be in the form of multimedia presentations and include power point, video or music. 

Creative presentations: One of the highlights of Friday is the Senior Art Exhibit, which takes place in Spruance Fine Arts Center. You can walk around and see paintings, ceramics, jewelry and other displays of student artwork. Just like the poster show, you are encouraged to talk to the students about their work. And don't forget the theater presentations-these take place on Friday evening in the Blackbox Theater in the Dining Complex.

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