All degree-seeking students at SIUE are required to complete a senior assignment that demonstrates academic breadth attained through general education courses and proficiency in their academic majors. The School of Pharmacy defines the senior assignment as the capstone experience.
There are four components of the capstone experience: a didactic class, a scholarly project, an advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) capstone rotation, and a poster or a platform presentation.
The didactic class is taught in the spring semester of the third professional year. At the beginning of the fourth professional year, a project and mentor to guide the project are identified by the student. This project is defined as an independent, pharmacy-related research endeavor that follows the established guidelines for a research paper. Students are expected to develop the idea, search the literature for background information, collect data, analyze the data and form an appropriate conclusion based on the results.
During a five-week APPE capstone rotation, the student has dedicated time to work on the project resulting in a rough draft for the mentor and course coordinator to review by the end of the rotation. A final paper and poster or platform presentation are due at the end of the fourth professional year. Posters and platform presentations are presented in a public forum at the annual School of Pharmacy Capstone Poster and Presentation Day in late April.
General categories for the capstone projects include bench research, business plans, retrospective chart or protocol reviews, educational research, surveys, or other pharmacy-related topics.
Previous year's poster titles, poster awards and pictures of Capstone Poster and Presentation Day.