Before Senior Year

  • Discuss possible self-designed topics with potential advisors before summer.
  • Choose topic in late summer
  • Start reading background material

Fall of Senior Year

  • Conduct literature search* and record search strategy in your notebook
  • Apply for Copeland Funds for research equipment and travel
  • Collect or build equipment, write code, or perform initial calculations
  • Develop thesis outline and record in your notebook
  • Obtain preliminary results
  • Present oral progress report to faculty and majors in December.*
  • Write thesis draft including at least two substantial chapters.
  • Email thesis draft PDF to the Physics Administrative Coordinator by 5 PM the last day of classes.*

Spring of Senior Year

  • Collect final data or finish calculations
  • Complete thesis manuscript*
  • Deliver first complete draft of thesis to your advisor before Spring Break^
  • Submit thesis copies to the Registar by 5 p.m. the Monday after Spring Break^^
  • Defend thesis orally before the physics faculty*
  • Present results at Senior Research Symposium poster session
  • Digitally archive corrected thesis manuscript PDF
  • Celebrate!

* Complete in the semester indicated or risk an NC (No Credit) for that semester.
^Your adviser is not expected to read or comment on a draft submitted after this date.
^^Failure to meet the deadline set by the Registrar could result in an NC (No Credit).