How do I pick a senior thesis topic?
Discuss possibilities with a faculty or TA who have taught courses that you found interesting. Attend a Colloquium or Talk (Biology/Ecology/Evolution or other) to find faculty interests and possible project topics. Review the Faculty list and their areas of research on the Botany website.
When should I start thinking about fulfilling this requirement?
Students should begin planning as soon as possible but no later than their first semester of their junior year. If given enough time, a faculty member may be able to help secure funding through one of the funding sources listed.
How do I get in touch with a faculty member?
One way to introduce yourself to faculty is to write a letter of introduction via email with include your interests. Also provide a resume including your course work, grades and work experiences, etc. Stating how many hours per week you have available and when you plan to do your research. Follow-up by visiting their office hours, by phone or email.
Can I complete this requirement over the summer?
If you are registering for senior thesis, only one semester of senior thesis may be taken during the summer 8-week session. However, the same required number of hours as a regular semester is required for the same number of credits. (i.e. two credits in the regular semester is at least 90 hours, you would have to complete at least 90 hours per credit in the eight-week session.)
I wanted to spend a semester during my senior year abroad, can I complete my requirement while overseas?
Yes, you can. You have to plan ahead by choosing the program or university you will be attending, discussing the program with the study abroad advisors and talking to the Senior Thesis Coordinator (Ken Sytsma firstname.lastname@example.org) about approvals. You will have to provide information for approval and documentation after your semester abroad if any DARS exceptions need to be made on your record.