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Haverford College
Department of Mathematics
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Student Resources: Senior Research Experience

A senior paper is written by each major, in close coordination with a faculty member. In the fall of the senior year, the student begins to focus on a topic (sometimes an interesting theorem, other times an application of mathematics in another field) and works through background material with the faculty advisor. In the spring, the student develops several drafts of the paper with the advisor, and concludes by presenting a short talk about the paper to faculty and fellow students. All seniors take a year-long senior seminar to support the senior paper. In the seminar, students take turn presenting portions of their senior papers to each other, to develop their skills in constructing and giving oral presentations.