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Swarthmore Projects for Educational Exploration and Development (SPEED) Program

Create with SPEED logoFor Summer 2019 projects, please submit ideas via the
 2019 Project Proposal Submission Form.

Each Spring, the Swarthmore College Libraries and ITS invite all current employees to submit proposals to Swarthmore Projects for Educational Exploration and Development (SPEED). SPEED awards provide dedicated support from software developers, librarians, academic technologists, and student interns for an eight-week period of project development. Awards do not typically fund purchases of equipment or software. With a SPEED project team's help, faculty and staff can create a new digital object or resource that enhances teaching or facilitates undergraduate research.

Successful projects always meet three key criteria:

  • a clear focus on enhancing undergraduate learning.
  • a scope that can be completed in eight weeks or fewer.
  • a plan to be put into use in the coming academic year.


First Steps Website, Liz Derickson (Dean’s Office) and Erin Massey (Career Services)

Visualizing a path through Swarthmore’s curriculum and to a career can be challenging for students and academic advisors. The First Steps project developed visualizations based on students’ academic and career trajectories, to demonstrate the non-linear, liberal arts experience.

Visit First Steps' Website

Abstract Algebra Made Solid, Elizabeth Drellich (Mathematics and Statistics)

Algebraic groups can be difficult to visualize, especially in higher dimensions.  This project will develop a website that allows users to generate their own downloadable 3D models of certain finite (complex) reflection groups. 

Visit the site