Students are expected to conduct some of their research, especially any field or experiential research, in Rome and Beijing. A faculty member or other staff person will be available at both the Rome Center and the Beijing Center as the on-site Ricci Scholar program liaison and will assist students in Rome and Beijing with program seminar meetings, with local contacts, and with research support. The final redaction of their paper, thesis, or portfolio must be completed within the fall semester of senior year. Students successfully completing the research project will give a presentation to a convocation of Ricci Scholars, in which all stateside Ricci Scholars, including newly awarded scholarship recipients, will participate. Students who successfully complete all aspects of the program will have a special designation as Ricci Scholars at graduation. Senior Ricci Scholars are expected to provide advice and support to sophomore Ricci applicants and awardees.