Keystone Project Requirements
Keystone Projects are carried out independently by Kilachand students in collaboration with project advisors through various pathways. Students produce a variety Keystone Project types with project requirements and deadlines determined by their chosen pathway.
Students following all Keystone Project Pathways are required to:
- Submit the Keystone Project Pathway Intent Form.
- Compose a one-page Project Statement.
- Submit the Project Statement using the Keystone Project Information Form.
- Enroll in the required coursework associated with the chosen pathway.
- Draft project abstracts in KHC HC502, 512, or 522.
- Present their work at the annual Keystone Symposium.
- Submit a précis upon completion of the Keystone Project.
Below are the deadlines and submission forms for the Keystone Project:
Keystone Project Pathway Intent Form
All Kilachand students must complete this form by September 15 of their junior year to indicate which Keystone Project Pathway they intend to pursue.
Upon submission, you will receive an email outlining specific details, deadlines, and requirements for the pathway chosen. While this choice is not binding, the pathway you indicate is the one we assume you will follow and you will be held to its requirements unless you share otherwise. As is the nature of research, your plans may change. If so, you must share any changes of pathway with the College so we can properly support you as you carry out your project, and give you proper credit for completing your Kilachand requirements.
Keystone Project Information Form
All Kilachand students must complete the form by the deadlines below, which are determined by pathway. With this form, all students will submit a one-page project statement. If you are requesting funds from Kilachand to support your Keystone Project, please submit a budget request using the provided template.
Kilachand Keystone Pathway:
- December 15 of the junior year for students taking KHC HC451 in the fall
- May 15 of the junior year for students taking KHC HC451 in the spring.
SAR Senior Thesis for Distinction, COM Production III Honors Thesis, CAS Honors in the Major, GRS Master’s Thesis Pathways:
- September 15 of the senior year.
ENG Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering Senior Design Pathways:
- October 1 of the senior year.
ENG Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Pathway:
- February 15 of the senior year.
Keystone Project Précis
All students are required to submit their reflective précis and their Keystone Symposium presentation files by May 1 of the senior year.
The Keystone précis is a concise summary of the project and reflective statement on the work you have done. Most Keystone précis will describe the project’s main topic or question, the methods used to explore that question, and any findings or realizations that the project produced. The format should follow the best practices in your field or interdisciplinary area.
Students whose projects comprise a creative work, such as a film or series of paintings, may submit an Artist’s Statement as their précis.
After reviewing the information above, students may find it helpful to follow the Keystone Pathway Map.