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The Capstone Project

Capstone Week 2020

UIC Honors College Capstone Week 2020 | Monday, April 20th - Friday, April 24th

Join us for the first UIC Honors College Capstone Week this April, Monday 20th through Friday, April 24th!

 

In the spirit of Impact & Research Day, UIC Honors College is hosting a Virtual Capstone Week event Monday, April 20th to Friday, April 24th. Each day that week will offer multiple Capstone presentation sessions starting at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

 

During each session, 4 students will briefly present their work and invite Q&A. UIC faculty, students and alumni are welcome to attend these Zoom meetings.

 

While students are still signing up (below) and the final program is not yet available, each day will be loosely thematized:

  • Monday – Physical Sciences/Engineering/Mathematics/Computer Science preferred
  • Tuesday – Life & Health Sciences preferred
  • Wednesday – Life & Health Sciences preferred
  • Thursday – Social Sciences preferred
  • Friday – Arts/Humanities/Humanistic Social Sciences/Education/Policy/Design/Applied Projects preferred

 

If you are an alum who would like to be notified when the program is available, please sign up here!

Students- click to expand the sections below where you can register for a day and time to present your Capstone as part of Capstone Week 2020.

I was able to form connections between what I had learned in classrooms and labs and apply it to real research….The capstone project helped me return to being the active learner I was prior to stress about grades, exams, and papers.

- an Honors College graduate, December 2019
Dozens of students in a room simultaneously presenting their original research posters at a prior Spring Impact and Research Day.

Spring Impact & Research Day at UIC

About this Page

This page includes information about: Capstone expectations, an FAQ, links to the Capstone Student Handbook, sample capstone projects by Honors College graduates, and much more.

View or download the 2019-2020 Capstone Student Handbook in PDF format.

Purpose of the Capstone

A “capstone” is the final stone that unifies and protects an underlying structure. All Honors College students complete a Capstone Project—a scholarly experience that incorporates concepts and techniques learned throughout the undergraduate career, through which students can make original scholarly or professional contributions to their field. The Capstone may focus on a research problem, theoretical issue, new creative work, professional challenge, or novel application (such as design, technological, or social innovation).

Expectations for the Capstone are in line with honors quality departmental theses, senior design projects, and other senior research projects that enable students to carry out rigorous inquiry, writing, and public presentation. The Capstone Project is typically pursued in the final two semesters at UIC, building upon the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the undergraduate years.

Projects like the Capstone enable students to enhance critical abilities: working independently and as a member of a team; superseding obstacles; cultivating confidence and willingness to take risks; and contributing to a larger community of knowledge.

Ideally, Honors College students will start brainstorming early about what they want to experience and accomplish in their undergraduate careers; choose classes and co-curricular activities that support those goals; initiate a Capstone Project that feeds their unique intellectual passions; and, finally, carry what they have learned forward into life beyond college.

What is the Capstone?

Students may choose to develop a Capstone Project related to their major or another field in which they have sufficient coursework, supervision and experience. The Capstone Project involves two semesters of work and is supervised by a faculty member or, in rare instances, another Capstone Supervisor who must be approved by the Faculty Fellow and the Honors College.

Individual Capstones vary, but the final product always includes: (1) a written portion and (2) a public presentation of the results in an academic, professional, or creative forum. The Honors College encourages students to complete a Capstone Project that will simultaneously fulfill departmental or college requirements. Students in programs that require a culminating senior project or in disciplines where a senior thesis is required to graduate with distinction may use such projects to satisfy the Honors College Capstone requirement, though they may need to submit additional materials to meet Honors College expectations. Students should consult departmental academic advisors and the Undergraduate Catalog for additional information about options in their major. Use of these activities to satisfy the Capstone requirement is subject to approval of the Faculty Fellow and Capstone Supervisor.

Capstone Video Guides

Introducing the Honors Capstone Project: General information; a sample timeline and the steps to completing a Capstone; registration and paperwork; and tips about using the Capstone Project to pursue other opportunities like fellowships and graduate school admissions.

Video: https://youtu.be/M5ssU7I-98M
Transcript: https://uofi.box.com/v/capstonetranscript

Abstract Writing Guide: How to write a clear, concise, and effective conference abstract.

Video: https://youtu.be/DPRxK3ZaHH4
Transcript: https://uofi.box.com/v/abstractwritingtranscript

Poster Design and Presentation Guide: How to design a good research poster and present it to your audience.

Video: https://youtu.be/WaB5s7APs_8
Transcript: https://uofi.box.com/v/posterdesigntranscript

Capstones in Specific Disciplines/Areas of Study

 

Discipline-Specific Information

See discipline-specific information for your Capstone.

Useful Resources

Students may explore faculty expertise and find a match for their area of interest by visiting the Undergraduate Research Experience website. Students interested in science projects may also consult UICollaboratory Research Profiles.

Examples of presentation venues include:

Frequently Asked Questions