Guide to Writing at SNL



Advanced Projects (APs)

Sample Advanced Projects:

"Taking Ownership in Wellness Through Holistic and Integrative Mental Health Treatment Options" (paper) and "Taking Ownership in Wellness through Holistic and Integrative Treatment Options" (artifact) by Mary Mischka Dean was completed in 2014. This Advanced Project explores the mental health system, holistic treatment options that can support a person in taking ownership over their wellness, and the need for moving beyond simply "stability" as a goal for mental health consumers. The brochure is designed for those living with mental health conditions to spark an interest in learning about holistic and integrative treatments.

“Empower the Latino Community: Improve Alzheimer’s Outreach” (paper) and “Alzheimer’s Outreach Best Practices Guide for the Latino Community” (artifact) by Maria A. Gallegos was completed in 2014. This Advanced Project explores current not-for-profit Alzheimer’s best practices for outreach and service programs. These programs are not currently targeting Latino caregivers, who are commonly the children, siblings, and spouses of the family member with Alzheimer's. The guide is designed to equip Latino families, non-profit Alzheimer’s organizations, community leaders, and health professionals who offer services to the aging Alzheimer’s Latino population and their primary caregivers with best practices to increase Alzheimer’s outreach and awareness, to reduce barriers to care, and to increase the utilization of  formal services. 

"Asia: A Community Outreach Program" by Robert Brauer won an Excellence Award in 2013. The project presents a rationale and syllabus for a course designed to give students a fundamental understanding of Chinese, Indian, and Japanese history and culture.

"Jane Austen in Film" by Ellen M. Pierce, completed in 2013. This "Advanced Project explored the relationship between novels and film using Jane Austen’s novel Pride & Prejudice and several of its adaptations as a foundation."

"Development of a Treatment Program for Social Anxiety Disorder" (AP paper) and "The Social Anxiety Treatment Method" (AP product) by Christopher G. Asberry won an Excellence Award in 2012. It presents a program "for the non-pharmacological treatment of Social Anxiety Disorder. The method was developed by comparing methods of treatment that have been empirically verified to be effective with a survey of mental health professional stating which methods in their experience have been the most effective in treating Social Anxiety Disorder. The result is this program which combines cognitive-behavioral therapy and exposure therapy."

"Traumas of Orphanhood" by Carol Brady won an Excellence Award in 2012. Using site visits, interviews, literature review and story telling, this Advanced Project presents an "assessment of the HIVIAIDS Virus as it relates to the inequalities that limit African women to take care of themselves, and the resulting trauma to children who are left orphaned and vulnerable by HIVIAIDS.

Technology Strategy Plan and Paper by Agnes Krasowska won an Excellence Award in 2012. With this project, Agnes Krasowska demonstrates her ability to "identify challenges faced by the software development team within a rapidly expanding technology trading firm and develop a suitable business strategy to address them."

"'The Interior Castle': Translation and Analysis" by Alilis López-García won an Excellence Award in 2012. Alilis López-García offers a Spanish translation of Jean Stafford's English-language short story, analyzes the story in light of the author's biography as well as her use of symbolism and "discusses applied translation theories, as well as problems and challenges that I faced during the translation work."

"An Empowering Curriculum for the African American Student" (paper) and "Teacher Resources for African-centered/Global Education Curriculum in Early Childhood Education" (product) by Frances Newman won an Excellence Award in 2012. Frances Newman analyzes the problem "that the current primary school curriculum is not educating the African American child to their fullest potential," explores potential solutions, and offers resources for early childhood educators that "are designed to increase the learning outcomes of the African American student."

"Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace" paper and training manual by Nicole Parker won an Excellence Award in 2012. Nicole Parker reviewed the literature on emotional intelligence and used surveys to develop a manual that "provides specific tips about how to improve this important skill."

"Lean Project Guide to Managing the Design and Development of Interactive Media Projects" (paper) and "Lean Guide to Interactive Media Project Management" (product) by Terry M. Patterson won an Excellence Award in 2012. Terry M. Patterson analyzes "the complexities and challenges of managing the development of today’s interactive media products," discusses "ideas for making this process more manageable," and presents a guide that "will walk an interactive media project manager through every step in the process of managing the design and development of interactive media projects by providing a set of practical and easy to use worksheets."

"SWOT Analysis of Friends of the Orphans" (AP product) and "Analysis of SWOT Analysis" (AP paper) by Kelly Friskics won an Excellence Award in 2011. Kelly Friskics conducted a SWOT analysis of Friends of the Orphans and analyzed the SWOT analysis method itself.

"The Paralegal Profession: An Examination of Its History and Viability in the Current Job Market" (AP paper) and "The Successful Paralegal: Building a Career in a Fast-Growing and Competitive New Field" (AP product) by Gabrielle Heard won an Excellence Award in 2011. This project provides advice to new paralegals and "explores the history of the paralegal profession, its impact on the practice of law, the challenges involved in pursuing it and its prospects as a sustainable career option over time."

"An Exploration: How the Arts Impact Teaching and Learning" by Stacey Grieff. This project "combines content research and experiential learning to explore the ways in which arts-based instruction can help kids learn and teachers grow and develop further as educators. It includes a discussion of instruction methodology for using the arts within the context of the classroom and the ways in which the quality and structure of implementation impacts students’ ability to connect with, learn through and learn from the arts. Also included are: a reflective account of creating and implementing an arts-based lesson, the lesson plan and handouts developed for use with the lesson, an evaluation of the lesson plan and its implementation and finally, samples of student work resulting from the lesson." This Advanced Project won an Excellence Award in 2010.

"International NGOs Projects/Programs Design, Implementation and Evaluation Processes in Central Africa" by Claude Chofi. Building on his education both in the Eastern Democratic Replublic of Congo and at SNL and his professional experience working for NGOs as well as interviews with current and former NGO project directors, Claude Chofi shows the need for including "all the stakeholders with a particular attention to the beneficiary population whose support and participation are needed for the success of the project. In other words, the beneficiaries must be at the center of the project; they must fully participate in all phases of the project from the design to the evaluation." This Advanced Project won the Weinberg Award in 2010.

AP Writing Tasks:

Advanced Projects typically included a product and a substantial research paper. Students work on their Advanced Projects with their professional advisor (PA) and faculty mentor. Advanced Projects are the culmination of the student’s work in his or her focus area. Students submitting APs have three to four writing tasks:

Advanced Project Worksheet – This worksheet helps you brainstorm possible Advanced Project ideas. Once you complete it, share it with your faculty mentor and professional advisor to get their feedback.

Advanced Project Proposal and Contract – Use this form to formally propose your Advanced Project to your committee. You can expect to revise the form a few times as your committee helps you develop, focus and refine your ideas.

The Research Paper – the examples above include a vareity of different papers. Note how each author has adjusted the format and the content of his paper to meet the particular needs of his project. Even more than most SNL competences, there is tremendous variety in the projects and, thus, papers students do for Advanced Project. To get a sense of this variety, look at the examples in chapter 5 of the Foundation’s book.

Some projects, like the poetry chapbook mentioned above, can also be written.

More Help:

See chapter 5 in the Foundations Book for more on the Advanced Project.

Ideas and Examples for the Advanced Project

Student A has dreamed about entering into an entrepreneurial business. For the Advanced Project, she will develop a business plan with a 5-year marketing plan.

Student B will carry out a study proposed in Research Seminar where she will work with a team in her neighborhood to create an alternative to youth sentencing based on Balance and Restorative Justice. Her Focus Area is in Work Studies.

Student C will examine the impact of technology on daily life. He will research computer crime, presenting the types, techniques and relevant law.

Student D will research and develop a counseling program for the treatment of drug and alcohol dependency. This will form part of her Focus Area in human resources.

Student E will analyze the change in management anticipated in the second millennium and the reduction of middle manager positions. She will approach this problem from several points of view including organizational and human resource impacts.

Student F, whose Focus Area is in the construction business, will design a floor plan and architectural blueprint for a new house. She will pay special attention to investigating code and zoning requirements.

Student G will draw up plans, based on his work in Research Seminar, for restoring the ecological balance in several of the canals and channels in the Chicago suburban area. His Focus Area is in Environment and Ecology.

Student H will focus on the investigation of Resource Based Relative Value Scale systems for healthcare reimbursement in order to properly serve the managed care environment.

Student I will explore the short story form, reading, analyzing, and writing about a selection of a dozen or so short stories and write several drafts of her own story. She will also participate in a writers' group for feedback and professional growth.

Student J will define and develop skills in drawing others into a vision, plan, and exercise of lay outreach ministry. His Focus Area is in parish ministry.

Student K will draw on his Focus Area in counseling and his experience as a parent of adopted children. He will design and write a manual for parents of adopted children.

-- from the Foundations of Adult Learning Resource Book, May 2007

SNL Assignments ILPs Externship Advanced Projects Advanced Elective Research Seminar MAAPS MAEA

Home How to Write a Paper Writing Help Rubric SNL Assignments Writing Showcase Values and Goals