For the past two academic quarters, I’ve had the distinct pleasure of teaching my department’s senior thesis seminar. In senior thesis, students are asked to develop a research project that focuses on a specific aspect of political science and approaches it from the perspective of one of the subfields of political science. Students select their own topics, which culminates in a 30-40 page paper, and a presentation in front of faculty and students.
For me, this was a new experience. Senior thesis offered the opportunity to work with students one-on-one on individualized projects. The actual work that goes into each of these projects natural hgh isn’t to be taken lightly. These students work tremendously hard for more than six months.
This year, I instituted a conference to showcase our student’s work. Students are placed on panels with similar papers. These panels consist of 10-minute presentations, followed by discussion led by a member of our faculty. For me, this was the perfect culmination for half-a-year’s work. It was incredible to see students rise to the occasion, and present well-articulated and thought-out research projects.
To check out some of the work these students undertook, take a look at the program which lists the titles and abstracts of the conference.