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Independent Research

Graduating seniors often choose to complete an Independent Research Project, or "Senior Thesis". With the guidance of a senior faculty member, they may conduct laboratory research, field research, and/or computer modelling. After completing data analysis, these students make a final presentation to a panel of Geological Sciences faculty by the end of their senior year.

Jena Johnson, '09 presents her
Senior Thesis to a faculty panel and her peers

One semester of GEOL 1970 (Independent Research Project) is required for ScB concentrators, and is often completed by AB concentrators as well. Some of these students choose to complete two semesters of research and have two additional faculty readers participate in their oral presentation, making them eligible for "Honors".

Independent Research Guidelines (PDF)

Honors Guidelines (PDF)