Who Can Participate?
All College of Arts and Sciences students, including those taking double majors and minors and students in joint programs (Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Business Management, or Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering), are eligible to participate in Quest. Students not in the College of Arts and Sciences may participate if their guide is a College of Arts and Sciences faculty member or if they are part of a Quest team with other Arts and Sciences students. Students can be recommended by faculty or choose to participate.
What Is Expected of You?
To successfully participate in Quest, you must:
• Contribute a minimum of 50 hours engagement for each project, which you have one year to finish
• Complete a minimum of one and a maximum of three projects
• Choose a project that falls within one of the three Quest areas of interest: Arts, Leadership, and Research
• Present your project(s) at the annual Blue Devil Showcase and/or in a formal performance or presentation on campus
• Complete a final portfolio, which includes a capstone summary of your Quest experience
What Kind of Projects Qualify?
• Projects that enhance the experience of learning for all students at Lawrence Tech through performance, presentation, display, publication, demonstration, or instruction
• Projects that involve original problem-solving with both theoretical and practical components
What are some Benefits to doing The Quest Program?
• The opportunity to explore a special interest or career with the guidance of a knowledgeable professional
• Opportunity to apply for project funding
• A narrative transcript in addition to your traditional GPA transcript
• Special recognition at Commencement:
Gold Citation: three projects
Silver Citation: two projects
Bronze Citation: one project
• A portfolio of accomplishments to show prospective employers and graduate schools
What needs to be included in my Portfolio?
Your portfolio is one of the most important components of your Quest project. Through its creation, you have the opportunity to reflect on not only the end result of your project, but also on the steps you took to get there. In your portfolio, you tell the story of your project: what your initial goal was, how you planned to reach it, whether your goal changed along the way, and how you feel about the subject you explored. The portfolio is something that you can use to illustrate your accomplishments and abilities to prospective employers and graduate schools; for that reason, it is important that you take the time to carefully prepare the components. You will find the portfolio process easier if you gather the materials and keep brief notes throughout the creation and completion of your project.
A few other tips for creating a successful portfolio are:
• Set up a timeline with due dates for each piece of the project and portfolio.
• Make time to meet with your guide to review and discuss your progress.
• Keep your Project Log up-to-date and detailed.
• Practice writing reflective statements for each portfolio entry.
• Keep everything as you complete your Quest project. You can later select from those items to include in your portfolio. Don’t throw anything away!