The Senior Project is a unique opportunity at Bard College that provides Seniors with a year-long intensive academic experience in which you gain expertise in an area of particular interest to you. Regardless of the type of project you choose, your question must be novel, in an area of strong interest to you, and grounded in your academic background.
The Senior Project
In your junior year, you will describe your plans for senior project taking into account your preparation, and the Psychology Program will match you with an appropriate advisor. For students receiving a degree in the Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing, the project must take the form of: (A) an empirical study (with associated paper) or (B) a detailed proposal for an empirical project. For the latter, the proposal should be on the model of a grant proposal, and should include all potential measures, detailed data analytic plans, and predicted results section (see below for more detail). Seniors should not be enrolled in an Advanced Methodology course, except in unusual circumstances and with prior approval from faculty.
Senior Project Funding
Students may request funding from the Program to assist with their senior projects. To make such a request, students must submit a written memorandum including a detailed justification and budget via email to the Psychology Program Chair by the end of their Senior I semesters.
Institutional Review Board (IRB)
The role of an IRB is to foster ethical treatment of human research participants. Before IRBs were instituted as a national standard, some researchers conducted studies that resulted in serious and unwelcome consequences for the participants. For these researchers, the potential gained knowledge overshadowed the harm done to the participants. IRBs have since been instituted to make sure a balance exists between harm to subjects and potential gain.