(ORF 479, spring semester Senior year, only)
Choosing a topic and a faculty advisor:
Conduct of the ORF 479, Senior Independent Research, counts as one of at least four courses that you will take during the spring semester of your senior year.
The process for choosing a topic and an advisor is the same as with the Senior Thesis. In April of your junior year you will be invited to attend a meeting where the ORFE faculty will present their current research interest. These interests are also listed in the ORFE Guide to Faculty Research. Based on your attendance at this meeting and informal discussions with individual faculty members you will be asked to craft an ordered list of one-semester research concepts that you are keen in undertaking with the help and guidance of a member of the Princeton University Faculty. Your ordered list of 4 or so topics should contain a very brief (25 words or less) description of each research topic with the name of the appropriate faculty advisor. Based on faculty work loads, extent of overlapping interest between you and the advisor and your ranking, you will be assigned an Orf 479 Senior Independent Research faculty advisor. You will have all summer and all of the fall semester to get organized to conduct your research in the spring. No later than Dean’s Date of the end of the fall semester of your Senior year you are required to submit a Research Prospectus, described below. Given the extent of time that you have to prepare this prospectus a severe grade penalty, described below, will be assessed for a late submittal of the Senior Independent Project Prospectus.
There are severe final grade penalties for late submissions:
The Research Prospectus is penalized at 1/3 of a final course grade per day for lateness (be aware that the penalty for lateness is 1/3 of a final grade per day not 1/3 of the presets grade).
The Final Report is also penalized at 1/3 of a final course grade for lateness
Implications on Department Course Requirements:
Students choosing the one semester Orf 479, Senior Independent Research option are required to take an additional Department Elective from the list provided in the Academic Guide for Undergraduates.