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A senior thesis is an individual research project that you formulate, carry out and write up under the guidance of a faculty member. As the course description states, "A student works with a faculty member on a mutually agreed upon thesis topic and completes a written thesis. Work involves literature search, oral presentation, analysis and/or implementation, paper preparation, and a written thesis."

Students who write a senior thesis (or another mathematicalpaper) are eligible to receive the .

You may be required to complete a senior design project or thesis as part of your major requirements. The Honors College considers such courses to be equivalent to SCHC 499. For example, a history major may be required to enroll in HIST 499, or a chemistry major may be required to enroll in CHEM 499. Provided you submit a proposal (from 390 or its equivalent) and a Senior Thesis Contract to the SCHC Thesis Coordinator and follow SCHC procedures as stated in the Senior Thesis Handbook, the Honors College will count that thesis/project towards fulfilling the requirements to graduate "with Honors from the South Carolina Honors College."


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A thesis is required for students completing the Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) technical track or Mathematics technical track in the BS in CS (Engineering) curriculum. Some students in the James Scholars program are also required, as part of their honors contract, to complete a senior thesis.


The senior thesis qualifies students to compete for departmental honors, and (indirectly) strengthens dossiers for university honors. It is also a great opportunity for those interested in graduate school to build their academic resume and experience the intensity and rewards of graduate-style research. All thesis writers must enroll in the year-long senior thesis seminar. A senior thesis is a paper which highly-motivated senior undergraduates may write to present the results of a major, independent research or creative project. Unlike most term projects, papers, and lab reports written in undergraduate courses, a senior thesis addresses questions or issues for which no known or generally accepted answers exist.The department offers Summer Research Grant for rising seniors to facilitate the preparation of a senior thesis. These competitive grants can be used for domestic and international travel to art collections, archives, architectural sites, monuments, etc. Applications are typically due in April.The term “Distinction” is included in a baccalaureate degree title when the recipient has conducted original research or creative work, written a senior thesis or produced a creative project and successfully defended the work before a committee of University faculty. The University of Delaware offers Degrees with Distinction (DWD) to students who successfully defend a Senior Thesis and who meet all of the requirements listed below. While it is possible to write a Senior Thesis without receiving Distinction, most students do graduate with Distinction. To graduate with Distinction is to graduate with a different kind of degree (e.g., a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with Distinction).