- April 8, 2014 — Original version.
- Write a report that describes your semester-long effort on your capstone project.
- Give a presentation to your peers and mathematics department faculty on your project.
- Create an attractive poster that shows off your awesome work to future visitors to Chauvenet Hall.
You can find a template (with instructions) for your final capstone project report
Take a look at the template. As you'll see, your final report will
mostly consist of information from reports you have written earlier
You should reuse language from your previous reports as you see fit.
Make sure, however, that your final report is well-written and
cohesive. You may have to refine or significantly edit parts of your
References and citation style
Use this citation style:
- References should be listed in alphabetical order at the end of
- List journal articles like this:
Y. Linde, A. Buzo and R.M. Gray.
An algorithm for vector quantizer design.
IEEE Transactions on Communications,
- List books, pamphlets, and research reports like this:
H. Abut, editor.
- List papers in a bound collection, such as conference proceedings like this:
M. Fanty, P. Schmid, and R. Cole.
City name recognition over the telephone.
In Proceedings of the International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing,
- Refer to references by the authors' last names and year of
publication in round brackets, like (Linde et al. 1980) or (Abut
1990). If you want to refer to a specific page or result, you can do
so like (Abut 1990, p. 51) or (Fanty et al. 1993, Figure 2.3).
In your presentation, you will teach your audience about your
Your presentation should be 15-20 minutes long.
The content of your presentation should mimic your report to a
- Describe your problem, with some background information.
- Explain why studying this problem is important.
- Briefly review the related literature.
- Describe your methodology (e.g. models, algorithms, data collection and preparation)
- Describe your results and sensitivity analysis.
- Describe your conclusions and lessons learned.
Select what you want to present carefully: remember that
you'll be speaking to a fairly general audience who is not as familiar
with your project as you are.
Here are some tips on giving an
academic talk that you may find useful.
- Each team member must give part of the presentation and be
conversant on the whole presentation.
- The entire team must be at the front of the room during the
- Use PowerPoint slides (or something similar).
You can find a very rudimentary template for your poster here. Please use this PowerPoint template
instead of Google Drive — this PowerPoint template has the
right settings for poster printing.
Think of your poster as a "visual summary" of your project. You
should be able to borrow heavily from your paper and presentation
slides. Make sure to include some visuals — photos, diagrams,
screenshots, graphs — that illustrate different aspects of your project.
Also, feel free to play with the color scheme and make the poster
attractive (but also professional). Take a look around the 3rd deck of
Chauvenet to get some ideas.