Get Focused

Find Your Focus
Start with your interests. What would you like to learn more about? Get to know faculty. Seek their help to narrow down your topic to the right size.
Develop your project
Refine your broad interests, focus your project goals, and find the right faculty mentor to guide your work.
Arts projects build on your creative skills and are situated within a larger artistic or design context.
Research in the humanities probes the meaning and possibilities of the human experience.
Join a lab that suits your research interests. You will often be working closely with graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and your faculty mentor.
Research in the social sciences uses a wide range of methods - fieldwork, database searches, statistical analyses, to name a few - to study society, human behavior, and how groups of people relate.
"Senior Synthesis" as a project category within UAR-funded projects supports senior capstones that may not fit standard research or arts project criteria. It emphasizes a reflection on and a critique of your academic experiences at Stanford. Project ideas would go beyond what is required in departmental course offerings, and thread together your many quarters of curricular work. The project is expected to integrate your intellectual foundation in a new way, with a final product that you will share with peers, mentors, and the broader Stanford community.