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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:

  1. 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
  2. find two faculty members to serve on their ASP committee; one can be from outside the department
  3. 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.

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