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What is the Senior Research Project?
The Senior Research Project (SRP) is an in-depth study of a focused topic, freely chosen from any field of interest. It is intended to promote high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and creativity. It provides students with an opportunity to engage in personal research in a topic of their own choice, under the guidance of a supervisor (a teacher in the school). This leads to a major piece of formally presented, structured writing and presentation, in which ideas and findings are communicated in a reasoned and coherent manner, appropriate to the subject chosen.
The Senior Research Project is assessed against common criteria, interpreted in ways appropriate to each topic.
In working on the senior research project, students are expected to:
1. Plan and pursue a research project with intellectual initiative and insight
2. Formulate a precise research question
3. Gather and interpret material from sources appropriate to the research question
4. Structure a reasoned argument in response to the research question on the basis of the material gathered
5. Present their SRP in a format appropriate to the subject, acknowledging sources using MLA format
6. Use the terminology and language appropriate to the subject with skill and understanding
7. Apply analytical and evaluative skills appropriate to the subject, with an understanding of the implications and the context of their research.
Note: “material” has different meanings in different subjects. It may be data or information; it may be arguments or evidence.