All students will be required to write a thesis. The topic of the thesis must be approved prior to the start of research.
Ideally, the student will narrow down his or her research during the first year of the program, and collect data the summer between the first and second years. It is expected that the student will be analyzing data during the second year and then writing and defending the thesis at the close of the second year or during the following summer. The preferred thesis product is a publishable article prepared for a recognized scientific journal.
to view a list of theses presented by alumni.