Applied Special Project (ASP)
Guidelines for The Applied Special Project (ASP) (CSHD 098)
The Applied Special Project is a semester-long one credit project in Child Study and Human Development. The ASP is different from a Senior Honors Thesis in that it is only one semester in duration, and it need not take the form of a written project (although it could). The ASP might take the form of a film, a play, artwork, performance pieces, music, photography or multimedia. The ASP could also take a written form, with a minimum of 35 pages in length. The ASP might be an applied extension of a project a student has undertaken as part of CSHD applied experience, a spinoff that complements and extends a project undertaken in another course or a non-empirical outgrowth of an ongoing research project. Any ASP must contain a written component, but if it is paired with an audiovisual element, the written portion may be less than 35 pages.
To be eligible to do an ASP a student must:
- write a short proposal during the semester prior to carrying out the ASP, a proposal that outlines the ASP topic, methodology and that gives a sense of what the literature review will include
- find two faculty members to serve on their ASP committee; one can be from outside the department
- make sure that if original research or interviews involve human subjects that any necessary IRB training is received, and approval is cleared
Timetable for a Senior ASP
- Junior year
- discuss ideas with potential faculty committee members
- do preliminary research
- write ASP proposal (5-8 pages) and submit to Senior ASP Committee Chair (or committee members)
- Initiate IRB training and review if applicable
- First or second semester senior year
- register for CSHD 098
- finalize methodology
- write literature review
- complete IRB review if applicable
- data collection
- execute project
- arrange a one-hour defense with all committee members by the third week of April
- submit a copy of the ASP to Eliot-Pearson
Note: A Child Study and Human Development ASP does not make a student eligible to receive thesis honors, although qualifying students might be eligible for nomination to receive summa cum laude.
Tisch Library offers an 8 week, 1/2 credit class designed for students who are planning to write a senior thesis: Research 4 Success: Using the Library for Thesis and Capstone Projects (EXP 19). This is not required but is a resource available for students.