Appendix II: Senior Project Preparation and Presentation
This information is meant to help you prepare and submit your senior project.
As you decide upon your topic, consult the holdings and reference sources of the library’s collection, including the interlibrary loan system, Connect NY. The reference librarians can direct you to printed and electronic materials in your subject area. The library offers reference workshops to teach students how to use the library’s extensive databases, abstracts, and indexes, as well as how to evaluate, access, and cite Internet sources. Researching your project should begin as soon as possible. If most of your research will involve material not in the Bard collection, you should request a letter of introduction from the Stevenson Library to research at other libraries.
As you prepare your project, you will need to be familiar with the acceptable forms of thesis writing. Helpful research materials and guidelines are also available on Stevenson Library’s seniors page at:
and the website for the Bard Learning Commons:
offers helpful writing and bibliographic guides.
Submitting the Senior Project
On Monday, December 6, 2021, if graduating in December 2021 come to the front porch of Barringer House (1442 Annandale Rd, located between the Arendt Center and Shea House) OR on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, if graduating in Spring 2022 — the day senior projects are due — come to Ludlow Hall, with the following:
- Library copy. Students completing written projects should bring one (1) unbound copy of their senior project. Library copy should be submitted in a 10”x13” manila envelope with your name clearly printed on the outside. The pages should be loose; please do not clip them together or bind them in any way (the library staff will do this for you when they prepare your project to be bound and shelved). If you do not have access to a printer, Central Services (x7463, [email protected]) provides inexpensive, on-campus printing.
If you are a member of the Arts Division completing an installation, a film, a composition, or a performance as a senior project, you should bring:
• One copy of a title page (see attached example).
• A synopsis (1-2 pages) of the project, that is, an artist’s statement
outlining what you did and what you were hoping to accomplish.
• A program or invitation, if applicable.
• A 10”x13” manila envelope with your name clearly printed on the
- Board copies.
Students should submit board copies directly to their advisers and board members. While I expect that many members of the faculty will prefer you to send them pdfs, this may vary across programs, so be sure to consult with them and make alternate arrangements as appropriate.
all students are expected to submit their project online.
For December 2021 submissions, go to https://digitalcommons.bard.edu/senproj_f2021/
and submit by Monday, December 6th, 2021. Project submissions may be made anytime after Monday, November 8th until the due date. For May 2022 submissions, go to http://digitalcommons.bard.edu/senproj_s2022/
and submit by Wednesday, May 4, 2022. Submissions may be made anytime between Monday, April 5, 2022 and May 4th.
- When you submit the hard copy of your Senior Project, you should be prepared to show the confirmation email you receive after you complete the online submission through Digital Commons.
- Students in the Division of the Arts are expected to submit a 1-2 page project synopsis or artist’s statement by the deadlines listed above. [This is the artist’s statement already required by your Program.] Division of Arts students who are submitting media files representing their projects must also upload these as part of the process. All Division of Arts students must submit at least the required artist’s statement online.
The Form of the Senior Project
• Title page
• (Preface, if included)
• Table of contents (list of chapters with their page numbers)
• Body of text
• Footnotes (if these do not appear elsewhere)
• Use uniform size paper, 8.5 x 11 inches.
• Leave a margin of approximately 1 inch on the left and 1 inch on the right, top, and bottom of the page.
• Double space the body of the text. Ask your adviser whether you should follow the MLA, APA, or CMS recommendations for your citations and bibliography.
• Illustrative material such as graphs, maps, and photographs can be integrated into the text or placed in appendices at the end.
• Number pages consecutively.
• Numbers should appear in the upper right hand corner of the pages, or in the middle of the top margin, without periods or hyphens.
The final version of your senior project should be carefully proofread for typographical errors, correct grammar, and proper citation. Rely on Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, The MLA Handbook or The Chicago Manual of Style, 14th ed. for all editorial questions.
SAMPLE TITLE PAGE:
Your Senior Project Title
Senior Project submitted to
The Division of Social Studies
(must be a Division [Arts; Languages and Literature; Science,
Mathematics and Computing; Social Studies], NOT a Department or major)
of Bard College
Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
Download: Senior Project Template.pdf