These opportunities, though off-campus, would enhance the intellectual climate on campus by giving students experiences to infuse their life at Tufts with the value of engagement in the broader community.
Successful theses can be grounded in a number of methodological approaches including bench or field research, clinical study, mathematical models, computer simulations, meta-analyses that test hypotheses or yield new synthesis in a scholarly context.
Regardless of the approach, successful theses will be inquiry-based and demonstrate contextual understanding of the work, formal assessment of scientific information, critical thinking, clear communication and a high level of independence. Faculty Advisors recommend the thesis for honors based on the following criteria: Thesis Formatting There are no specific formatting requirements for an honors thesis in Biology.
Communication about these expectations should be clearly articulated and agreed upon early in the research process.
A common choice is for students to prepare the thesis as if they were to submit the work to a peer-reviewed journal. This approach offers the opportunity for students to experience the first step of the publication process.
Methodological hurdles and insignificant results are common experiences of researchers at every stage. Regular communication with the Thesis Advisors is essential for navigating hurdles that arise during the research process. Students with an approved application to the honors program are encouraged to submit the thesis even when challenges occur along the way.
When outcomes are not as planned the student and Advisors are encouraged to work together to develop a new plan for presenting the work in the form of a formal thesis. Indeed, there is great value in presenting work completed and formally discussing challenges, unexpected outcomes, and insignificant findings.
Dean Smith is available to assist with planning during this process and to discuss alternative means of evaluation as necessary. While formal presentation of the thesis is required, there is not a specific set of criteria for evaluation. Advisors have the opportunity to comment on the presentation in the formal evaluation.
Advisors should develop a mentoring plan to teach students about the various approaches to presenting scientific research. Opportunities for students to practice the presentation, receive, and incorporate feedback is especially helpful and encouraged.The scholars, each paired with a faculty mentor, receive a $3, stipend to support a focused project, one that might evolve into a senior honors thesis—plus a $1, research budget that they can use until they graduate.
Providing role models is an important component of this effort. The Biology Department has played a leadership role in the sciences with women making up 41% of the total Biology faculty and 45% of the tenured Biology faculty.
Tufts is among the top 25 most selective universities nationally. A senior honors thesis in Biology is a substantial body of original scholarly research. Successful theses can be grounded in a number of methodological approaches including bench or field research, clinical study, mathematical models, computer simulations, meta-analyses that test hypotheses or yield new synthesis in a scholarly context.
The first two years emphasize coursework in the basic sciences (math, physics, chemistry, and biology). Introductory Chemical and Biological Engineering courses (ChBE10 and 11) are also included to introduce the student to general underlying concepts in the discipline.
I conduct independent research on queen bumblebees that will be part of my senior honors thesis. In addition, I assist a graduate student project examining how bumblebee worker body size (e.g., weight). The Department of Political Science offers the Honors Thesis Program for qualified majors in their senior year.
Seniors work closely with a small committee of faculty members on a well-defined research project throughout the academic year.