Proposing your own Odyssey
project allows you to customize your experience and explore your own interests.
Maybe you learned something in class that made you want to explore further, you
read an article that intrigued you, or you had a conversation with a professor
that inspired you. By proposing and undertaking a project, you determine what
does a project go from concept to completion?
Start with collecting some background information. You can begin on the
internet to find activities, organizations, businesses, museums or research
centers that will be pertinent to your project. Make some initial contacts to
find out details.
Develop your own idea and plan for its execution. Select a faculty or staff
sponsor as early as possible in the process. Look for someone who has expertise
in the area you are interested in or who at least will share your enthusiasm
for the project. You may wish to speak to several people before selecting the
one with whom you wish to collaborate. Please note that for projects in the AC
and UR categories your sponsor must be a member of the Hendrix faculty. For all
other categories your sponsor may be a member either of the faculty or of the
Consider the categories carefully and select the one that matches your project
the best. In your written proposal you must speak to the criteria of the
category you have selected. If the match is not good, your proposal may be sent
back to you for revision.
4. Give your project a concise
but descriptive title.
Work with your sponsor to write a
narrative. The on-line proposal form is divided into several sections, and each
has a 500-word limit. For credit only, you should only be concerned with the
first four sections. For a funding request, you may need to write additional
information for the final section. Write your narrative in Word so you
can keep track of the count for each component. Show
your draft to your supervisor for suggestions. You are also encouraged to bring
a draft of the proposal to the Odyssey Office for advice.
Project Abstract: Provide a brief overview of the project and its
category and what you plan to do. Include the timeframe and location. Use
your background research to set the scene, introduce the organizations or
locations involved, and describe your reason for doing this Odyssey.
Project Plans: Give details on how you will see this project through.
Use your background research to set the scene, introduce the organizations or
locations involved, and describe your reason for doing this Odyssey. How will
you get there? Where will you stay? What steps will you take to explore your
-Learning Goals: Provide 3-4 learning goals and explain why they are
relevant for the project and important to you.
Category: Include any details about category
specific criteria (such as hours, reflection piece, or public presentation) and
how you plan to meet them. Consult the Odyssey Categories menu at www.hendrix.edu/odyssey for more information, if necessary.
Information: Include additional information or elaborate on anything that you
need to here. This might include project-specific requirements that are
requested by your project supervisor. If you are seeking funding, you can use
this space to provide further details about the financial support you need to
complete the project.
the Online Form:
Once your project description is complete and
approved by your sponsor, submit
an online Proposal Form and paste the narrative into the form sections.
Please note that the form must be submitted before you begin the project or
very shortly after you have begun. Project proposals that do not require
funding are accepted year-round. If you do need funding, the form will walk you through those additional steps. You may find this budget worksheet helpful and you are welcome to upload it with your proposal. The Odyssey Office does not accept proposals
Your supervisor will approve the proposal online, and then the Odyssey Office will review it for credit. You will receive notification by e-mail when your project is approved. Be sure to add the completion deadline to your calendar.
Once you have completed your project and met all the requirements of the category you have selected, submit an online Project Completion Form to the Odyssey Office. Write a brief project description (150 words or fewer) describing your experience and what you have learned. If an hours log is required, share it with your supervisor with the draft of your transcript paragraph. Your credit will not be registered as complete until you have submitted your form, your supervisor approves it, and the Odyssey Office finalizes the credit.
Please note: the Odyssey Office does not support or condone missing classes to complete an Odyssey project. The only exception to this policy is for travel to a conference that occurs during the academic year, and under these circumstances, it is the student's responsibility to make up all course work missed.