What is a senior honors thesis?
The senior honors thesis is an opportunity for you to formalize your undergraduate research experience. This is an opportunity for you to explore the unknown with the help of a faculty mentor. Unlike traditional courses, you get to participate as an independent scientist, working on geologic problems that are not yet solved and learning new skill sets (modeling, geochemical analysis, field work, etc.). During the senior honors thesis, you will learn to identify key problems or questions, delve deep into the literature, develop a scientific methodology, collect and analyze data, and finally interpret your results. You will also hone your skills in written and oral communication of your science. The experience will help you decide what you might want to pursue in graduate school or elsewhere, such as industry and other fields.