Students conduct original research under the supervision of faculty members. The end product is an honors thesis.
Students are required to enroll in 691H in the fall and in 692H in the spring. Registration for 692H is automatic for all students enrolled in 691H.
Class meets Mon, Wed 3:35 - 4:50, GA 307 (but we won’t meet often)
A more detailed schedule is available.
I recommend bringing a laptop to class.
I will ask for regular updates on your progress by email.
Especially at the start of the fall semester, as you look for a topic and advisor, we will have regular face-to-face meetings.
It is important to keep track of what has been communicated. After all, the thesis writing process takes several months. I will create a set of
slack channels for each student. By default, only the student, his/her advisor, and I will have access to each channel.
Slack is basically an alternative to email. It works rather like text messaging, but is more organized.
I have sent out
slack invites to each of you. Please accept them.
Grades are based on:
Late submissions receive half credit. Submissions handed in after finals week receive no credit.
Please submit PDF files only.
After the first month, you should have identified a draft topic and done background research on it.
Your report should cover:
The main purpose is to ensure that you are making progress towards finding a topic and understanding how it fits into the literature.
By the middle of the fall term, you should have identified a specific topic and done background research on it.
Length: about 5 pages.
Your proposal should cover:
By the end of the semester, you should have produced a detailed outline of your research plans and methods.
The final proposal is structured like the preliminary one, but more detailed and polished. Detailed feedback will be provided by your advisor and by me.
By the last day of classes, you should submit a revised draft that addresses these comments.
Length: 15–20 pages. PDF files only.
A thesis presents original research. It will typically cover:
There is no prescribed length. This is entirely dictated by what you need to say. PDF files only.
You should provide your computer code with the thesis.
You can find summaries of previous theses here. Examples of successfully completed theses are here.