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Senior Student Capstone Project


The Capstone papers and presentations, which have been part of the CSD curriculum since 1995, afford undergraduate seniors the opportunity to explore self-selected topics while they learn critical skills in literature review and professional writing. Each year in the Spring Semester, the hard work of the CSD students is highlighted during the annual Center for Undergraduate Research and  University of Maine Student Research Symposium in April. These poster presentations are a culmination of a year-long senior capstone experience and well attended by the campus community.

What students are saying about the Capstone Experience:

“The capstone experience allowed me to really become excited about the field I was entering. Researching a topic so in-depth raised many questions for me that have in turn challenged me to continue learning and researching my area of interest. This was a unique experience that encouraged me to never stop learning even after the course was finished.” — Sydney Trask (2015)



The CSD Senior Capstone presentations have been one of the longest running undergraduate research events at the University of Maine and has been recognized by top administrators.

Scott Delcourt, Assistant Vice President for Graduate Studies and Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate School, has enjoyed visiting the poster presentations every year and has commented on the value of the CSD Capstone experience:

“The experience of undertaking an original research project, beginning with an analysis of the primary literature and finishing with a synthesis of the major research findings, is an invaluable learning experience for any student considering graduate study. The capstone provides students with the fundamental skills necessary to become scholars and practitioners in the field.”


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Contact Information

Communication Sciences & Disorders
5724 Dunn Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207-581-2006 | Fax: 207-581-2060E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System