As part of the ISAT experience, every senior completes a capstone project. Working individually or in teams, students work on a problem with a real-world component, sometimes teaming with a local industry or governmental sponsor. Capstone project ideas can come from the students themselves, from faculty advisors, or from sponsors. The capstone project allows students opportunity to use the knowledge and skills they learned in ISAT to address a real-world problem, and receive valuable hands-on experience. Students are required to produce a final project report, both in written form and in the form of an oral presentation to the faculty, their student peers, and the public.
Senior Capstone Symposium Student Registration
To be eligible to participate in the Senior Capstone Symposium, students must register and provide details by the deadline provided. For more information, please email Fasha at email@example.com.
ISAT Senior Capstone Manual
Students may want to read through the Senior Project Manual briefly and get a sense for what to expect. As you proceed through the Senior Project process, it will serve as a handy and (hopefully) useful reference.
Transforming a Senior Capstone into an Honors Thesis
A student can transform their regular ISAT Senior Project into an Honors Thesis with minimal effort.
Any ISAT student who has a GPA of 3.5 or higher can choose to do an Honors Thesis in place of the ISAT Senior Project. The Honors Thesis is essentially the same as the normal ISAT Senior Project, but will give students greater recognition from potential employers and graduate schools (the Honors designation goes on a student’s official transcript). It's easy and it opens up an opportunity to get funding to support your project through the Honors Program.
There are three major differences between the Honors Thesis and the normal ISAT Senior Project:
A student must do an individual write-up (students may also work as part of a team for the project)
Students have a slightly advanced schedule (i.e. - the Honors thesis is due a few weeks earlier than the normal thesis)
Students register for 499a, 499b, and 499c (instead of registering for ISAT 491, 492, and 493)
This opportunity adds considerable value to a student’s degree with minimal effort.