Many Hampden-Sydney students are fully occupied during their undergraduate years in meeting the array of proficiency, distribution, and major requirements that lead to a degree. Some students, however, seek additional challenges and opportunities; they desire more intensive experiences in a particular discipline or in closely related disciplines.
Selection of Senior Fellows takes place in the spring semester. Qualified juniors are selected to be Senior Fellows for the following year. These men must demonstrate the maturity, intellectual competence, and imaginative curiosity to warrant their pursuit of a program of independent study contributing to their own enrichment and to that of the College.
The Fellows are permitted the maximum amount of freedom consonant with the satisfactory development and completion of their personal projects. That freedom can include the waiving of conventional upper-division requirements in the Fellow's major or majors, though applicants for the Senior Fellowship must complete all proficiency and distribution requirements in the curriculum. The strongest applicants for the Senior Fellowship will have completed most, if not all, such requirements by the end of the junior year.
The essence of the Senior Fellowship Program is responsible individualism. Within a reasonable academic framework, the student is offered an unexcelled opportunity for personal intellectual fulfillment.
No matter what approach the student chooses, he must construct during the fall and spring semesters a carefully annotated bibliography that reflects the range and depth of his research. The overall project is expected to meet the standards of scholarly writing appropriate to the discipline(s) in which the work is done. Two bound copies of the report (as well as an electronic copy) must be submitted to the Honors Council, as described later in the list of procedures and deadlines.
Applications for 2016-2017 Senior Fellowships are due Friday, April 23, 2016.