A student presents her work at the John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference
The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has identified "signature work" for undergraduate students as work that "[prepares] students to integrate and apply their learning to a significant project completed acros a semester of study or longer." Signature Work Experiences allow students to take the lead - with faculty engagement and mentoring - in identifying questions or problems of interest both to the student and to society, and to pursue substantive, integrative, reflective, and action-oriented projects allowing them to bring the skills, knowledge, and commitments at the core of a liberal education to bear on the "unscripted problems" of the 21st century.
At Illinois Wesleyan University, students may pursue a "signature experience" as part of a capstone course in an academic program or as part of one (or more) of the following programs:
The Center for Engaged Learning coordinates, promotes, and strengthens opportunities for students to participate in these signature experiences, and works with faculty to identify and promote opportunities for curricular engagement with these programs and individual mentoring opportunities for students.