Choosing a Senior Project
As long as you are applying agricultural education and communication skills you've gained, almost any type of project will serve as a senior project. If you already have an idea or know of a professor you can work with who already has a project, congratulations!
If you don't already have a project in mind, the Agricultural Education and Communication Department collects Senior Project ideas from faculty and industry all year. Or, you can check out the latest ideas submitted by faculty below.
Current Senior Project Ideas from Faculty:
- Filling the Gap of High School Agricultural Educators
- Food Trends
- Agriculture in the Media
- Leadership in Agriculture
- Public Perception of Agriculture
- Communicating Food Safety
- Teaching Methodologies for High School Leadership
- The Impact of FFA on High School Students
Pictured above: Jack Gavron, Emily Dale and Riley Nilsen's senior project work with Cal Poly's Farmers Picnic.
Senior Project Process
Ultimately, students write a two-page abstract of their project and develop a poster following the AAAE guidelines.
> Select project and begin writing abstract in AGED 460 Research Methods (fall or winter quarter)
> Conduct senior project in AGED/AGC 461 (winter or spring quarter)
> Complete abstract and create poster to showcase project and findings in AGED/AGC 462 (spring or fall quarter)
> Senior project presentation for alumni, faculty, staff and guests on final day of AGED/AGC 462
Note: AGED/AGC 461 and 462 may be taken together – project must be complete to receive credit for both courses.
Some senior projects align students with graduate programs and attendance to the AAAE National Research Conferences. Several Agricultural Education and Communication students have received invitations, applied and have been granted assistantships to attend graduate schools across the country following their senior project presentations at academic events.
Sample Senior Projects
View past senior project poster sessions and posters on our department Facebook page. Like us while you're there!
To view the abstracts and posters developed in closer detail, visit the Senior Project Section for the Agricultural Education and Communication Department at Cal Poly's Kennedy Library Digital Commons.
Spring 2018 Senior Project Poster Session Facebook Album
Winter 2018 Senior Project Poster Session Facebook Album