We receive many inquiries about what capstone experiences are possible. Below are some examples from past certificate students. Certificate students can alternatively propose their own idea for a capstone experience (email idea to AMAP@purdue.edu).
Past approved capstones:
- Serving as a teaching assistant (TA) for a graduate-level method course
- E.g., Students have TA'ed for SOC680, SOC 681, POL605, and others
- Some instructors allow students to TA as an independent study to fulfill the capstone
- Serving as a methodological resource for a research project
- One student served as a methodological expert for a research project that developed and fielded an online survey.
- Writing a journal article-length methods paper or dissertation chapter
- Papers must primarily focus on research methods
- Student must be first/lead author
- We do not require method papers to be published for the capstone. However, the papers must be of high quality that are suitable for publication
- Conducting an interdisciplinary workshop on an advanced methodological technique
- Workshops are typically designed to be two or three hours on method-related topics.
- Students can co-teach a workshop. E.g. Two certificate students taught a workshop on "data collection in the transnational context"
- Participating in an approved Data Mine project
Although the above are examples of past capstone experiences, students can propose their own capstone experience (AMAP@purdue.edu). We are open to student ideas for their own capstones.