Senior Capstone Projects
Senior capstone work provides students with the opportunity to apply their learning to complex real-world situations through focused research or advanced creative projects. Students culminate their academic careers through the Senior Year Research Project. This new flexible-credit capstone experience was inaugurated in fall 2017. Here are examples of senior capstone projects developed through the previous models of Senior Project and Senior Applied Research Project.
Senior Applied Research Project (SARP)
Examples of recent SARPs:
Jordan Charbonneau ’16, “Perceptions of Online Advertising Effectiveness among New Hampshire Farmers” SARP Advisor: Gwyneth Harris SARP Sponsor: NOFA-New Hampshire
Ezra Fradkin ’16, “Conducting a Community Foodshed Assessment of Lopez Island, Washington” SARP Advisor: Allison Van Akkeren SARP Sponsor: Lopez Community Land Trust
Timothy Maddalena-Lucey ’16, “Alpine Plant Communities of Mount Moosilauke of New Hampshire: A 22-Year Cross-Data Analysis of Composition and Structure” SARP Advisor: Laura Spence SARP Sponsor: Dr. David Peart, Dartmouth Outing Club
Dave Martorana ’15, “An Analysis of Reproductive Protocols on Dairy Farms” SARP Advisor: Louise Calderwood
Matthew Jackson ’15, Senior Applied Research Project: “Youth at Promise: An Ecological Approach” SARP Advisor: Anne Morse
Allyson Makuch ’15, Senior Applied Research Project: “Alternative Pedagogy for Alternative Conceptions: Using Agriculture as a Tool for Conceptual Change” SARP Advisor: Pavel Cenkl
Erica Sullivan ’15, Senior Applied Research Project & Integrated Internship: “Seeing the Forest through the Trees: A Cross-Boundary Approach to Land Management” SARP Advisor: Farley Brown
Examples of Recent Senior Projects:
Renee Barry ’16, “Exploring the Knowable World through Documentary: Art and the Challenges of Representing ‘Reality’” (Senior Project Advisor: Carol Dickson)
Tessa Scheele Morelli ’16, “The Forest Beneath the Trees: Non-Timber Forest Products Inventory and Assessment” (Senior Project Advisor: Laura Beebe)
Jesse Keck ’16, “The Ecology and Distribution of Red Oak (Quercus rubra) in Craftsbury Township” (Senior Project Advisor: David Gilligan)
Jessy Lee ’15, “Phenomenology of Diamond Dust” (Senior Project Advisor: Pavel Cenkl)
Claire Goldman ’15, “What the Thunder Said: Multi-Media Performance” (Senior Project Advisor: Leland Peterson). Have a look at Claire’s finished presentation. It was incredible.
Grace Costin ’15, “Together with Bread: Food, Culture, and Community from the Vermont Hearth” (Senior Project Advisor: Carol Dickson)
Katelyn Currie-Huggard ’15, “The Geologic Interpretation of the Colorado Plateau” (Senior Project Advisor: David Gilligan)
Melissa Eckstrom ’15, “Agricultural Applications of Invertebrates: Waste Reduction, Entomophagy, and Ecological Facilitation” (Senior Project Advisor: Gwyneth Harris)
John Smolinsky ’15, “Deliberate Forest Management Using Horses” (Senior Project Advisor: Louise Calderwood)
Darienne Chouinard ’15, “A Cross-Disciplined Approach to the Pear” (Senior Project Advisors: Pavel Cenkl & Gwyneth Harris)
Erica Feinberg ’15, “Creating a Sterling Community Apothecary” (Senior Project Advisor: Jody Frey)
Students may petition the Dean of Academics to pursue a coursework-only option, in lieu of a capstone project, if they can demonstrate that they have successfully completed a series of upper-level courses that create a comparable capstone experience.