The Senior thesis

Both an academic requirement and a rite of passage, the process of writing the senior thesis is daunting, but exhilarating. The thesis, an independent work that typically runs about 100 pages, gives seniors the opportunity to pursue original research and scholarship on a topic of their own choice under the guidance of faculty advisers.

Requiring a thesis of its undergraduates sets Princeton apart from other universities. All senior theses are archived in the Mudd Manuscript Library (see "By the numbers"), and some have reached wider audiences through the value of their research and ideas. Here are some examples of theses that Princeton seniors are submitting this spring.

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April 21, 2003
Vol. 92, No. 24
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Contents

Page one
Dobkin named dean of the faculty
Orchestra reaches high notes under Pratt's baton

Inside
University offers admission to 9.9 percent of applicants
The Senior thesis
Expanding her horizons in research at Princeton
Learning about history through relationships
Balancing security and privacy on the Internet

People
Spotlight,
appointment,
brief

Sections
Calendar of events
Nassau Notes
By the numbers:


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