Senior Individualized Project

Kalamazoo College requires all students to complete a Senior Individualized Project (SIP) as a graduation requirement. Though it is not required, many students choose to pursue the SIP in their major. For SIPs completed in the Chemistry Department, the SIP usually consists of a laboratory research project done under the supervision of a research scientist, which is then described in a written undergraduate thesis as well as in an oral presentation in the Chemistry Department Symposium.

The SIP research in chemistry is typically done in the summer following the junior year, with completion of the written thesis and oral presentation during the Senior year. The Fall term of the junior year is a common time to start applying for research opportunities, as applications are often due between December and March. Additional details for students who wish to pursue a SIP in the Chemistry Department are available on Chemistry Department SIP moodle site.