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Department of Geography

Senior Assignment

Course Purpose

All students enrolled at SIUE complete a senior assignment project as a culminating experience of their undergraduate careers. In Geography, the senior assignment is a three credit hour, two-semester research project that includes data collection, data processing and analysis. The project is presented as either an illustrated poster or a research paper. Details for both assignments can be found in the course syllabus. Additional resources to help identify a topic, develop a research plan, and prepare your senior assignment are below.

Geography majors should register for Senior Assignment in the semester preceding graduation (for example, a geography major who plans to graduate in the spring of 2015 would register for GEOG 499 in fall 2014). Majors only register for GEOG 499 once; after the first semester of GEOG 499, a grade of DE (a deferred grade) will be posted to the transcripts. Once all requirements of GEOG 499 are met, the grade of DE will be changed to a letter grade.

Students enrolled in GEOG 499 for the first time must attend a Senior Assignment Information Session held during the first two weeks of the semester. This session will provide students with basic information about Senior Assignment and attendance is required. Dates and times for the information session will be posted in the department and emailed to students at the beginning of the semester.


Option 1: Illustrated Poster

General Poster Information

Annotated Bibliography

Example Posters Human/ Physical

Grading Rubric (Poster)

Option 2: Research Paper

General Paper Information

References (Chicago Style)

Example Paper Topics

Grading Rubric (Paper)

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