Senior Thesis and Independent Work
All majors are required to complete at least one semester of independent study, normally in the senior year. However, students can enroll in independent study as early as the sophomore year. Independent study projects are often extremely challenging on both a personal and an academic level. At the same time, these projects provide valuable educational experiences. Students may suggest their own topics for independent study or work on a project in a faculty member’s research laboratory.
Funding is available from both the School of Engineering and the Department of Electrical Engineering to support independent study. In addition, the Department has a funded program that supports student attendance at an appropriate domestic conference or workshop to present research results or for professional development.
One academic year (fall and spring semesters) of independent study on a coherent theme or project can be combined into a senior thesis. Senior theses are eligible for nomination for appropriate School and University awards and are more likely to lead to publishable final results.