This information also appears on the last page of your comps manual.

Fall Term 2021 Deadlines

Friday, October 15 First Fall assignment due: a brief description of at least three topics,submitted to Arjendu (arjendu@carleton.edu) via email. Indicate any preferences for time or date of your talk. Let us know if there is a reason you CANNOT work with someone (for example, a no-contact order). (See§2.1 &§3.3.)

Friday, October 29 Second Fall assignment due: (a) your exploration of past comps and (b) a one-page proposal for your specific topic, submitted to Arjendu as a PDF email attachment. This is your last chance to indicate preferences. (See§2.1 &§3.3.)

The week of November 8 You will be notified of your primary advisor, enrollment section, and presentation date.

By Friday, November 19 Meet with your advisor to discuss your progress, plan for the project and discuss any questions you have regarding academic integrity.

Winter and Spring Term 2022 Deadlines

Presentation -3 weeks: First version of your paper to be emailed to Trenne Fields as well as both faculty advisors and your peer advisor in PDF format. (File name: Firstname Lastname First Version Comps) Include the first version checklist and word count.

Presentation -2 weeks: Meet with primary and peer advisors to receive feedback on your first version.

Presentation -1 week: Email general audience abstract to Trenne Fields in PDF format. (File name:  FirstName LastName Abstract)

Presentation: Your talk will occur sometime between January 24 and the first couple of weeks of Spring Term.

Presentation +3 days: Conference with primary advisor to discuss oral presentation and your plan going forward.

Presentation +2 weeks: Second version of your paper to be emailed to Trenne Fields, both faculty advisors, and your peer advisor in PDF format. (File name: First Last Second Version Comps) Include the second version checklist and word count.

Presentation +3 weeks: Meet with primary and peer advisors to receive feedback on your second version. In some cases, meet with secondary advisor.

Presentation +5 weeks: Final version of your paper to be submitted to Trenne Fields and both faculty advisors as a single PDF file. Name your file: Firstname Lastname Final Version Comps (e.g., Joel Weisberg Final Version Comps.pdf). Be sure to include your final word count.

Before end of spring term: You will receive your final grade for comps. Digitally archive your comps! Trenne will print your paper for binding.


NOTE: Spring Break is not counted in the official comps schedule. If spring break falls in your comps schedule, you have a little flexibility in your schedule. Talk to your comps advisor.

Be sure to meet all deadlines. Missing deadlines will disqualify you from consideration for distinction.