Final Project

Students must complete:

  • a capstone/final project that synthesizes their experience with the GPC under the mentorship of a NCSU faculty member.
  • the final project must address 5 thematic questions
  • all deliverables need to be turned in by the last day of class of the semester.

Final Project Requirements

Project Format Guidelines

Option 1: Reflection Paper

  • 5-10 pages (not including cover sheet and references if applicable), double spaced, Times New Roman, Font size 12, 1 inch margins all around
  • Deliverables
    • Reflection paper uploaded to Moodle in Word format or PDF format
    • Faculty assessment rubric delivered to GPC Coordinator by the last day of class

Option 2: Presentation*

  • Powerpoint presentation or Prezi
  • 20-30 minutes
  • delivered in a public setting, such as a class, organization meeting, expo, or fair
  • Deliverables
    • Presentation file uploaded to Moodle in Powerpoint or PDF format
    • Presentation narrative uploaded to Moodle in Word or PDF format
    • Presentation date, time, location, and audience information uploaded to Moodle
    • Picture or video of presentation uploaded to Moodle
    • Faculty assessment rubric delivered to GPC Coordinator by the last day of class

Option 3: Short Film or Video*

  • 7-10 minutes
  • published in a public platform, such as YouTube
  • Deliverables
    • Video file uploaded to Moodle
    • Video narrative uploaded to Moodle in Word or PDF format
    • Video address to public platform uploaded to Moodle
    • Faculty assessment rubric delivered to GPC Coordinator by the last day of class

Option 4: Website or Blog

  • minimum 5 posts or pages
  • published in a public platform, such as WordPress
  • Deliverables
    • Website or Blog address to public platform uploaded to Moodle
    • Faculty assessment rubric delivered to GPC Coordinator by the last day of class

Option 5: Academic Poster*

  • 1 academic poster
  • presented in a public setting, such as a class, organization meeting, expo, or fair
  • Deliverables
    • Academic Poster uploaded to Moodle in Powerpoint or PDF format
    • Presentation narrative uploaded to Moodle in Word or PDF format
    • Presentation date, time, location, and audience information uploaded to Moodle
    • Picture or video of presentation uploaded to Moodle
    • Faculty assessment rubric delivered to GPC Coordinator by the last day of class
  • Resources

Option 6: Student’s Creative Choice

  • May be a combination of media, short story, photo gallery exhibit/installation, etc
  • Please consult with the GPC Coordinator for guidelines on required deliverables

*NOTE: For projects that are submitted in any format other than a paper must include notes and written talking points along with the presentation or media display for grading. This narrative needs to articulate the depth of the student experience and provide the context that may not be directly addressed through slides, photos, or media displays within the presentation. In other words, this document articulates the connection between your experiences and the 5 thematic questions posed for the final project. Presentations or displays should also include captions for all photos.

5 Thematic Questions

  1. How do the international experiences you have gained while pursuing the Global Perspectives Certificate complement and enhance your academic program (major/minor and other course work) and campus life (living/learning villages, clubs and student organizations, volunteer work)?
  2. Reflect on your experiences abroad, coursework, co-curricular and service activities. What are the “linear themes” you have learned that connect these opportunities? How have they helped you understand the interconnectedness of the world and global affairs? Provide examples.
  3. What were your perceptions about cultural values and norms in other countries before you began your international experiences? How do they compare to your own culture and U.S. culture? How have they changed your feelings and behavior in situations with people from other cultures? Include specific examples.
  4. Why do you think it is important for students to “internationalize” their studies and everyday lives? How will you continue to do so in the future?
  5. How have the experiences and insights you have gained changed the way you see your own role in this global society?

Mentor Selection Process & Project Proposal

Students should identify a mentor at least 3-4 months prior to their intended graduation date (see below for project timelines by semester). Refer to the current GPC List of Mentors for possible faculty mentors. Students may work with any approved member of NC State’s faculty or teaching staff to serve as a mentor for the final project. The GPC mentor will be the students’ contact for advice, guidance, and assessment throughout the final project process.

Students must first contact their potential mentor to confirm whether or not that particular mentor is available that semester. Once the mentor confirms their availability, students must fill out the Faculty Mentor Request Form. Once the GPC coordinator has confirmed the student/mentor pairing, you and your mentor will be grouped together under the final project assignment in Wolfware Moodle Project where the two of you will complete the Final Project.

If students have identified a possible mentor who is not currently approved, those faculty should sign up to become a GPC Faculty Mentor.

Project Timeline by Semester

Fall Semester Timeline

August – September
  • Student identifies Faculty Mentor. Here is the List of Approved Faculty Mentors to choose from. Students may recruit additional faculty if they are not on the list. Faculty mentors should be selected no later than October 1.
  • Student reaches out (via email) to a faculty member asking if they are available to work with the student (coordinator may assist with this if needed)
  • Student fills out Faculty Mentor Request Form
  • Once the form is filled out: Student and Faculty Mentor will be grouped together on the GPC Moodle Tracking System where the project will completed
October
  • Student arranges meeting to discuss final project proposal with their mentor.  The student should be prepared with some responses to the required questions to be addressed in the final project
  • Student identifies possible venue for public presentation and begins to make appropriate arrangements
November
  • Student finalizes arrangements for public presentation
  • November 1 or earlier: Student submits their final project to their faculty mentor for review
  • Student presents to the larger public
December

Spring Semester Timeline

January – February
  • Student identifies Faculty Mentor. Here is the List of Approved Faculty Mentors to choose from.  Students may recruit additional faculty if they are not on the list. Faculty Mentors should be selected no later than March 1
  • Student reaches out (via email) to a faculty member asking if they are available to work with the student (coordinator may assist with this if needed)
  • Student fills out Faculty Mentor Request Form
  • Student and Mentor will be grouped together on the GPC Moodle Tracking System where the project will be completed
March
  • Student arranges meeting to discuss final project proposal with their mentor.  The student should be prepared with some responses to the required questions to be addressed in the final project.
  • Student identifies possible venue for public presentation and begins to make appropriate arrangements
April
  • Student finalizes arrangements for public presentation
  • April 1 or earlier: Student submits their final project to their faculty mentor for review
  • Student presents to the larger public
May

Final Project Checklist      [MSWord, PDF]

  • Identify and secure a faculty mentor
  • Complete the Faculty Mentor Request Form
  • Work with faculty mentor to finalize project expectations
  • Complete the final project
  • Submit final project for faculty mentor for review
  • Conduct public presentation if applicable
  • Follow up with faculty mentor to make sure the final project rubric was submitted no later than the last day of class of the semester

Final Project Resources

Examples of Past Projects