The WGST senior project is the student's opportunity to demonstrate how one or more of the following objectives of the WGST major have been achieved:
As WGST is a multidisciplinary field, the types of senior projects are infinite. Projects could range from a traditional 20+ page research paper, to a performance, a public awareness project, an art exhibit, or a multi-media project. If the type of project chosen is not a research paper, a 6-8 page paper explaining the choices made for the performance or project, showing intentionality and reflection, must accompany the project. Students are encouraged to speak with members of the WGST faculty as they formulate ideas.
A written proposal must be submitted electronically to the director of WGST by the first day of the semester in which the project will be completed. The WGST director and board will review the proposal, give feedback to the student and help select an appropriate advisor. The student can expect feedback after the WGST board’s first meeting, typically the second week of the semester.
Each WGST senior project will have an advisor and second reader. Though the student will consult primarily with the advisor on the project, the advisor and second reader together are responsible for grading the project and presentation. The second reader must be a member of the WGST board.
The senior project must be presented in a public forum, which traditionally has been a brown bag. Typically two or three seniors will present in the same brown bag, with the project advisors and members of the WGST board present. The presentation should be 15-20 minutes in length. Seniors should discuss the content of the presentation with their advisor. The presentation is expected to be extemporaneous and engaging.
The Senior Project Proposal should be approximately one-page in length and should do the following: