Good question! The truth is that "signature work" can be a lot of different things, from work done in a capstone course, a senior thesis, a co-curricular project, a study abroad experience... the list goes on and on. But, not every senior thesis or semester abroad counts as signature work! The defining features of signature work are that it integrates learning from a wide variety of domains, both curricular and co-curricular, and it is meaningful to the student. In other words, it is the student's signature achievement, a culminating experience or project that draws upon his/her personal background, coursework completed in and outside the major, and non-academic events.
The next important question is "What is signature work at PC?" Because "signature work" is a fairly broad term, schools must interpret it in the context of their own missions, student populations, curricula, and extant strengths. We know there is already lots of wonderful work happening here at PC - research, service, capstones - that fits the definition of signature work. But, we also know not all students participate in this type of work. Our goal is to remove barriers to signature work that some students face and make "signature work" an experience that all PC students share.