Because the St. Mary’s Project is the culmination of studies at the College, it is important to plan for this work as early as possible. In this way, students can include specific courses, internships, study abroad, or other experiences as part of their curriculum. Prior to registration for the project, students should discuss potential projects with a faculty adviser and a project mentor.
Each department has its own procedures and guidelines for assigning mentors, proposing projects, etc. Students should familiarize themselves with their major department‘s procedures and deadlines.
How to Register
Students will officially register for their SMP with an add form signed by their mentor.
The following must be included on the add form:
- Student’s name and ID
- Semester for which the student is registering
- Discipline of the SMP SMP course number (493 for the 1 st 4 credits and 494 for the 2nd 4 credits)
- Number of credits to be completed during the specified semester
- Mentor’s name printed
- Mentor’s signature and date
- Student’s signature and date
- If adding the SMP results in an overload (over 19 credits), the student’s advisor’s signature is required. (see below about registering for an overload)
The deadline for registering for a SMP is the end of the fourth week of classes.
Students may pre-register for their SMP during their registration time. If the mentor is known, then a completed add form can be submitted to the front desk of Glendening Hall during the student’s registration time. The student will be registered for the mentor’s specific section.
For some departments, if the mentor has not been determined students who want to can preregister for section .01, the “place-holder” SMP. When the signed add slip is received, the student will then be registered for their mentor’s specific section. Please see list below for specific department requirements.
Students will usually register for 4 credits of the project in both the fall and spring semesters of the senior year. However, other plans for distribution of credit are possible. For example, in one semester a student might register for 14 credits through a study abroad or internship experience and 2 credits for the St. Mary’s Project. On returning to the College, the student will complete the remaining 6 credits for the St. Mary’s Project.
Projects being completed in the fall semester are due to mentors on November 22. Those being completed in the spring semester are due on April 14. Archival material must be submitted to the Glendening Hall Student Services Desk on the last day of classes in the appropriate semester.
Note: When registering for the next semester, students cannot overload (take more than 19 credits). If adding a SMP would result in an overload, the student must wait until the semester begins and register for the SMP by submitting an add form. The advisor’s authorization for the overload is required on the add form. (Reminder: there is a $195 per credit hour additional charge for any credits over 19)