Senior Colloquium

The ENVS linked-major program provides a capstone experience that includes a senior project and a full year of senior colloquia. The purpose of the ENVS capstone experience is to challenge students to think creatively, deeply, and originally about an environmental issue and to produce a significant work that uses their expertise from their primary major. The students will then have the opportunity to present and discuss their research in the senior colloquium (ENVS391/ENVS392) with seniors and the faculty.

The ENVS Senior Colloquium provides students and professors the opportunity to discuss, but not evaluate, the senior projects. During the colloquium luncheons, students will make 10-minute presentations on their projects followed by five minutes of discussion. Any interested faculty member may attend, but the project mentors and ENVS advisors will be invited. Any interested faculty member may attend, but the project mentors and ENVS advisors will be especially invited. Two weeks prior to their presentation, students will distribute a one- to two-page summary of their findings to enhance the level of discussion for their topic. The colloquium may also invite several presentations by faculty members or outside speakers. Students must be formally enrolled in the colloquium each semester of their senior year. Attendance at all senior colloquium events is mandatory for all senior ENVS majors. Additionally, all declared sophomore and junior ENVS majors will be invited to the colloquium luncheons to enrich their early experience and encourage them to begin thinking about their future projects; their attendance is encouraged only and they do not enroll in the colloquium until their senior year.