Keep Calm and Capstone.
Only 27%—less than 1/3—of the top 103 liberal arts colleges in the US have equivalents to the Washington College Senior Capstone Experience, enabling every single graduate the chance to work one-on-one with a faculty member, who mentors them through a major research project or artistic production.
Celebrating our Senior Capstone Experiences (SCEs)
During the months of November and April we celebrate the Senior Capstone Experience, the culmination of each students individual learning journey. A signature aspcect of a Washington College education, students spend a year or more researching, prepping, and executing a self-directed project with the help of a faculty mentor. As part of their work, students present their research and creative activity in performances, installations, poster sessions, lightning talks, studio sessions, film screenings, or symposiums. View or download a copy of our 2022 events schedule.
2022 April SCE Recap
Narrated by Provost and Dean, Michael Harvey
Senior Capstone Experience Highlights
What does an SCE entail, who better to tell you than some of our students! Hear from our seniors about how they experienced their SCE Journey.
Ama Amponash '22
Learn how Ama folded her experiences as a Starr Center Explore America Summer Intern into an SCE that explores the parallels between the HIV/AIDS epidmic and COVID-19 from an anthropological perspective.
Listen to Maggie describe how she combined her interests in both economics and english in an SCE that examines how economic principles can be applied to Susan Collin's dystopian series, The Hunger Games.
See how Percy took a love of Shakespeare and turned it into a joint SCE Project!
Eric Gwadz '22
Hear how Eric brought concerns for real world issues into the lab to research solutions.
Sarah Kelly '22
Business Management and Psychology
Listen to how Sarah used her SCE to help explore a potential career interest!
Why Senior Capstones?
Overwhelmingly, Washington College faculty say that the following skills that employers seek are “Extremely important” to successful completion of an SCE:
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Synthesizing information and constructing an argument
- Work ethic and initiative
- Written communication skills
- Research Skills
- Time management and long-term planning
By completing a capstone, using learned skills of research, critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, and clear communication, students complete the progression from consumers to creators ofinformation.—Michael Harvey, Business
The SCE allows a student to simultaneously apply knowledge and skills from many courseswhile taking control of the process and outcome.—Gabe Feinberg, Mathematics and Computer Science
The SCE gives [students] a concrete project to talk about during job/graduate school interviews.—Audrey Weil, psychology
A capstone project helps students to tie together and integrate their learning across the liberal arts. This allows students to independently navigate their liberal arts education and make meaningful connections across the curriculum. This self-driven project is just the first steptoward the independent leadership they will execute in their future careers.—Caddie Putnam Rankin, Business
The Senior Capstone Experience is the culmination of what a liberal arts education is about. Over the course of four years, I expect our students to grow as the well-rounded graduates that companies, academic and governmental institutions are eager to hire. The overarching goal of the SCE is that students gain independence as researchers and ultimately transform themselves into teachers and peer-reviewed authors over time.—Anne Marteel-Parrish, Chemistry
It is the culmination of a diligent research process. It validates for the student that his/her owninitiative, creativity and critical thinking skills can contribute to a larger discussion/debate aboutproblems/questions/issues.—Aaron Lampman, Anthropology