Final Projects

Spring 2015 Final Project Forms

Important Dates:

January: Meeting with Professor Williams to discuss your final project. Kristen will contact you individually to arrange a time.

April 3: Final project deadline. All materials are due in the IMP office by 5 p.m. They must be in their final forms and approved by your sponsor(s).

April 13 – May 8: Final Project Reviews

May 9: Commencement



Overview

Each student is required to complete a final project — the culmination of the IMP. The final project is directed by the student's faculty sponsor from start to finish and is generally carried out during the senior year. It may take any number of forms ranging from a scholarly paper or analysis of field research to a performance, film, exhibition, multimedia presentation, or internship. The project must reflect the successful fulfillment of the educational goals embodied in the student's individualized curriculum. After the student has completed the final project, prepared the required documents, and secured his or her sponsor's approval, the IMP office will schedule the student's final project review. At the conclusion of the review, the committee will decide whether the work required for the individualized major has been successfully completed or whether further revisions are needed.

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Submitting a Final Project Proposal

A final project proposal is due in writing at the time of each student's Mid-Program Assessment. (Students should make sure their sponsors have reviewed the proposal prior to the Mid-Program Assessment.) The proposal should specify the type of project: research, performance or exhibit, other creative project, or internship.

For research projects, the proposal should clearly articulate the question or questions that the project will seek to answer and indicate a general idea of the length of the resulting paper. Research project proposals should also make a compelling connection between the nature of the research and the content of the major.

For other types of projects, the proposal should assure the committee chair that the performance, internship, or other undertaking proposed represents a satisfactory integration of the courses, tutorials, and other experiences that comprise the major. The proposal should also preview the approach the student will follow in the analytic essay. All project proposals must include a timeline for completion.

Students are required to enroll in at least three credit hours of IMP-I460 during the semester of the final project (usually the student's final semester).

IMPORTANT: Students whose final projects involve human subjects must abide by the procedures set out by the Institutional Review Board.

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Final Project Materials

The required documents for a final project vary from student to student depending on the nature of the project.

General Requirements

All projects must include the following:

Research Projects

If the final project is a research paper or other report on research, the student must submit the items in the General Requirements list plus the following:

  • Research paper/report (3 copies)

Performances and Exhibits

If the final project is a performance or exhibit, the student must submit the items in the General Requirements list plus the following:

  • Video of the performance (3 copies) or photographic documentation of the exhibit (3 copies). Students should notify the IMP office and their committee members in advance of the performance or exhibit so they can make an effort to attend. The IMP office can provide contact information for committee members.
  • Program notes (3 copies)
  • Analytic Statement (3 copies): The analytic statement is a 10- to 12-page essay explaining how the final project integrated the various other elements of the student's IMP curriculum. See guidelines and examples here.

Creative Projects

If the final project is a creative production such as a film, novel, or musical composition (but not a performance), the student must submit the items in the General Requirements list plus the following:

  • The creative project itself, e.g. a film, book, CD, etc. (3 copies).
  • Analytic Statement (3 copies): The analytic statement is a 10- to 12-page essay explaining how the final project integrated the various other elements of the student's IMP curriculum. See guidelines and examples here.

Internships

Internships can serve as final projects when they are not only learning experiences but opportunities to put into practice the sum total of what the student has learned in the IMP. If the final project is an internship, the student must submit the items in the General Requirements list plus the following:

  • Analytic Statement (3 copies): The analytic statement is a 10- to 12-page essay explaining how the final project integrated the various other elements of the student's IMP curriculum. See guidelines and examples here.
  • Weekly reflections from I450 (3 copies): See I450 for details.
  • Internship Evaluation Form (3 copies)
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Approval by Sponsor(s) and Submission of the Final Project

Deadlines for submitting final project materials are posted each semester. Before submitting any materials to the IMP office, students must obtain the approval of their sponsor(s) via the Final Project Approval Form. By signing the form, sponsors indicate that they have read and approved all parts of the project in their final versions.

Students should provide each of their sponsors with a complete, final copy of all project materials (this is in addition to the three copies that are submitted to the IMP office).

Once the final project has been submitted, the IMP office will schedule the student's final project review.

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Final Project Review

The final project review is similar to the admission interview. It is attended by the student, his or her sponsor(s), a two-person faculty committee (often, but not always, the same committee that attended the student's admission interview), and the IMP director or assistant director.

With a few exceptions, final project reviews are 90 minutes long. The time given to each section of the review will vary, but the following outline offers a sense of what may take place:

  • Pre-discussion Conference (15 minutes): Before the review begins, committee members, sponsor(s), and the IMP director/assistant director exchange their views of the project, conferring briefly on its overall quality. Identifying and discussing areas of concern in advance enables the chair to structure the review in the most relevant and helpful way.
  • Discussion with the Student (30 minutes): This segment often begins with the student summarizing the work that went into the final project, suggesting what he or she learned from the project, and showing the project's connection to the larger IMP experience. This segment is followed by a group discussion of the final project's strengths and weaknesses with the goal of clarifying the project's significance and value.
  • Confidential Faculty Evaluation (15 minutes): In the light of their assessment of the project itself and of the student's comments on it, the committee will consider whether to accept the project as is or whether to require revision or expansion. For projects that are judged to be acceptable, the committee will consider possible nominations for honors and prizes.
  • Conclusion (15 minutes): The committee members will explain their decision to the student and offer their recommendations and advice.
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Followup

Upon successful completion of the final project review and any required revisions, the student will be cleared for graduation (assuming all other graduation requirements have been completed). Students should apply for graduation several months in advance so as to be made aware of any outstanding requirements.

Students who have been awarded an IMP Special Expenses Grant for their final project expenses must submit original receipts to the IMP office in order to receive reimbursement.

The IMP holds its own graduation ceremony each semester. Graduating students will receive information about the event via e-mail. Information about IU's Commencement ceremonies is available on the Commencement Web site.

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