Advising Senior Projects

Many Bard students consider the senior project to be the most fulfilling aspect of their Bard career. While senior project advising varies a bit from discipline to discipline, all advisers play an important role in shaping projects in the early stages and guiding projects through to completion. At the same time that advisers supervise students through the process, it’s important to know when to step back and allow students to work independently. Below you will find some information about the process of advising senior projects.

Useful Resources for New Faculty:

One especially useful resource for seniors working on senior projects (and for juniors as they are getting started) is The Craft of Research, by Booth, Colomb, and Williams (U Chicago: Chicago, 2008). Chapters 3 and 4 walk students through the steps of developing good, focused research questions. Chapter 16 includes a way of developing and introductions that ensure that students have framed a solid research question. (You can borrow a copy from CFCD or from the library.)