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Department: Biology

Portfolio Requirements for Biology and Environmental Science Majors

  • Résumé: An up-to-date résumé should be included in your portfolio.
  • Cover Letter: A standard cover letter that can be used for an internship, job or graduate school application.
  • Personal Statement: The personal statement should be appropriate for an internship or graduate school application.
  • Two lab reports: One from Genetics or from first semester junior year and one from a 300 or 400 level course.
  • Research Paper: At least one research paper authored in one of the science classes required for the major
  • Capstone: Everything from summer research internships: abstract, PowerPoint and/or poster or the research paper from the senior seminar capstone class or a comprehensive report about a study abroad experience.
  • Other: This can be an additional research paper or lab report that is of exceptional quality and should be included in the portfolio to accurately reflect the student’s ability. It may also be a publication or other document that enhances the portfolio.

Department: Mathematics and Computer Science

Math Majors
Portfolio Contents:

A minimum of four (4) documents which can include:

  • One Resume or CV, including a detailed work philosophy statement.
  • One Personal Statement  (see description on department webpage)
  • One to three Project, Research or Internship Products from any of the Capstone courses – Written report, poster with abstract, short research paper, conference presentation, etc.
  • One to three examples of  revised and edited written assignments from different designated Writing Emphasis courses (minimum 3 pages each)

Computer Science Majors
Portfolio Contents:

A minimum of four (4) documents including:
Paper #1: A five-page technical writing paper from one of the CSC WI courses listed above, assigned by instructor of the course. A minimum of three papers on topics selected from the list of "writing options" below.

  • One Resume or CV including a detailed work philosophy statement.
  • One Personal Statement (see description on department webpage)
  • One to three Research Papers: This could be research done with a professor or at an internship or a creative research idea by the student. One to three additional five-page technical writing papers (not the one selected for item #1) from one of the CSC WI courses assigned by instructor of the course.
  • One to three Conference Presentation papers

Paper #1: A five-page technical writing paper from one of the CSC WI courses listed above, assigned by instructor of the course (format and rubric for technical writing papers will be listed on the math website soon).

Paper #2, #3, and #4: Three papers on topics selected from the list of “writing options for Paper #2, #3 & #4” below.
Writing options for Paper #2, #3, and #4

  • One Resume or CV including a detailed work philosophy statement.
  • One Personal Statement: A 2-page paper on academic knowledge gained in Computer Science. In this paper students can explain important topics they have learned in the program. Also they can explain what part(s) of computer science is the most or least interesting. In addition, they may make suggestions on how the Computer Science department can make improvements to the computer science program. In addition any future career or graduate school plans students may have.
  • One to three Research Papers: This could be research done with a professor or at an internship or a creative research idea by the student. One to three additional five-page technical writing papers (not the one selected for item #1) from one of the CSC WI courses assigned by instructor of the course.
  • One to three Conference Presentation papers

Department: Chemistry

Physics Major:

The writing portfolio will consist of lab reports.

Chemistry and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Majors

Portfolio Contents:

A portfolio is assessable if it contains:

  • a resume
  • at least one writing sample from a 200 level (or higher) chemistry course
  • an in-class writing assignment from a 300 level (or higher) chemistry course
  • any writing assignments submitted by the student, including laboratory reports, articles/publications, and research posters. (Students are encouraged to submit to the Department Secretary and to the Department Chair copies of any paper from any 200 level (or higher) course that they feel reflect their true writing proficiency. The Secretary will file the papers in the portfolio, and they will be included in the review.)
  • a minimum of six (6) documents.


Department of Nursing and Health Sciences

Health Sciences Major Portfolio Contents:
Portfolios may include essays, lab reports, personal statements, philosophy statements and research papers. Only for the academic year 2012-2013, academic papers from other departments will be accepted


School of Professional, Graduate, and Extended Studies

Department: Center of Excellence in Business and Entrepreneurial Studies

Portfolio Contents:

  • at least one writing sample from a 200 level (or higher) business core course
  • an in-class writing assignment from a 300 level (or higher) writing-intensive business course submitted by the professor
  • any writing assignments submitted by the student, including term papers, articles/publications, or other written presentations.
  • Students are encouraged to submit to their Advisor, copies of any paper from any 200 level (or higher) course that they feel reflect their true writing proficiency. The Advisor will file the papers in the portfolio, and they will be included in the review.
  • a minimum of three (3) documents is necessary to complete the portfolio.

Department: Psychology & Human Services

Portfolio Contents:

• Conference Presentations
• Personal Statements
• Resumes or CVs
• Statements of Teaching Philosophy
• Essays
• Research Papers
• Lab Reports

The portfolio has to include four writing samples.
• Any writing assignments submitted by the student. (Students are encouraged to submit to the Department Secretary copies of any paper from any 200 level (or higher) course that they feel reflect their true writing proficiency. The Secretary will file the papers in the portfolio, and they will be included in the Review.)
If the papers are found to be less than what is expected of a college student, then the student will be directed to either the writing laboratory at Lincoln or sent to the PREP program offered by the English department. The writing portfolios of our students will be retained for a period of three years within the Department. These portfolios will be retained in electronic and hard copy format.


School of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities

Department: Languages & Literatures

Liberal Arts/English Majors
Portfolio Contents:

A portfolio is assessable if it contains:

  • the Declaration of Major essay
  • a resume
  • an in-class writing assignment from a 200 level (or higher) English Department course
  • at least one other writing assignment from a 200 level (or higher) English Department course, filed by the course instructor
  • any writing assignments submitted by the student. (Students are encouraged to submit to the Department Secretary copies of any paper from any 200 level (or higher) English Department course that they feel reflect their true writing proficiency. The Secretary will file the papers in the portfolio, and they will be included in the Review.)

French and Spanish Majors:
Portfolio Includes:
Four writing samples in French/Spanish (each sample must be at least one page long). If the language is the student’s only major, he/she must submit, in addition four writing samples in English.


Department: Mass Communications

This requirement is for junior and senior mass communications majors. Students should not wait until their senior year to submit their writing proficiency portfolios. Four original writing samples are required.
Four Writing Samples:
Mass Communications majors are required to submit two samples from two conceptual courses and two skills courses. Students cannot submit two or more samples written for one course. Each sample should include the name of the course, the semester in which the student was enrolled in the course, and the name of the instructor. Samples without this information will not be evaluated.
Conceptual Courses:
COM201-Mass Media and Society
COM300 Communication Theory
COM401 Research Methods
COM404-Mass Media Law and Ethics
Skills Courses:
COM202 News Writing
COM 207 Broadcast News Writing
COM302 Public Relations Principles and Practices
COM 403 Feature Writing

 


Department: History, Political Science & Philosophy

Philosophy major Portfolio Contents:

  • Essay: Why I Became a Philosophy Major and How Becoming a Major Has Impacted the Way I Think or Believe (2 pages)
  • One 5-20 page research paper
  • A resume
  • Two writing assignments of about two pages in length from a class within your major

Department: Visual and Performing Arts


Music
Portfolios Contents:

  • Research paper – Music Lit.
  • Junior and Senior Recital Program Notes
  • Biological sketch (from recitals)
  • Curriculum vitae


Performing Arts
Portfolios Contents:

  1. Research paper – Music Lit.
  2. Junior and Senior Recital Program Notes
  3. Biological sketch (from recitals)
  4. Curriculum vitae

Visual Arts Program
Writing Portfolio Program Components for B.A./B.S. Visual Arts major
Portfolios Include:

  1. RESUME/CV
  2. VISUAL/CONTEXTUAL ANALYSIS and/or REVIEW: (3-5 pp.)
    I. Work of an established artist or designer (Studio Arts & Museum Studies Tracks)
    II. Review of a museum exhibit (Museum Studies Track only
    III. Work of your own (Studio Arts Track only)
  3. PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT (1-2 pp.)
    I. Artist’s Statement (Studio Track)
    II. Personal Philosophy Statement (Museum Studies Track)
  4. RESEARCH PAPER
    I. 6-10 pp. Art History research paper prepared in ART211, ART212, ART375 or ART376 (Studio Arts & Museum Studies Tracks)
  5. ELECTIVE PAPERS
    I. Any two (2) graded papers from a 200 level or higher course from outside the Visual Arts Program required courses. (Studio Arts & Museum Studies Tracks)

Due Dates:
Portfolio is due November 15th of the student’s junior year. If portfolio is not complete at this point the student must write an explanation of when the missing components will be completed and note which course the missing components will be completed in.

Any senior who has failed to submit a writing portfolio, or needed to resubmit materials into an existing partial portfolio, must submit materials by September 30th.

The writing portfolio is a graduation requirement that must be approved by the Chair of the Department. Failure to submit a complete approved writing portfolio will impact the Chair’s approval of graduation.


Department: Sociology & Criminal Justice


Possible Portfolio Documents include:

  • Conference Presentations
  • Personal Statements
  • Resumes or CVs
  • Statements of Teaching Philosophy
  • Essays
  • Research Papers
  • Lab Reports

 

 

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