The resources above are provided by the Campus Office of Undergraduate Research. They should present useful advice for preparing your research poster and for oral presentations.
The research thesis should be a formal report of your results. Therefore, it should follow accepted professional standards. Your faculty research advisor should be a valuable resource for details. An acceptable thesis should describe research discoveries of sufficient quantity and quality to constitute a body of work that presents a problem, addresses that problem through specific and well-defined experimental approaches, and interprets the results in the context of the relevant research field.
Recognize that communication of your results is the final step in scientific research. Therefore, your thesis should be as clear as you can make it. A well-written, concise thesis should be understandable to researchers in allied fields as well as to specialists in your own field. The senior thesis is not a “paper,” so there are no hard-fast page limitations. Since this is an undergraduate senior thesis, it is not expected that students will have the same depth and level of accomplishment that might be found for a master’s or doctoral thesis, but the format is similar. An unduly long thesis is discouraged. The goal is to have a thorough, clearly written, yet concise presentation of your research project.
Note: The word and page guidelines, listed on the Guidelines for Senior Thesis Format, are only suggestions. You should write as much or as little as is necessary to provide appropriate, clear information to the committee. We expect that you are working with your PI on formatting and length suggestions since each project is unique and may have different needs. You will not be penalized for writing more than is suggested, but you also will not be rewarded for doing this.
You are allowed to include a supplement if it is warranted, but it is not required.
The abstract can be longer than 150 words if need be. We would recommend staying under 200 to keep in line with the campus Undergraduate Research Symposium requirements.
It is important that your title page, font and margins meet the requirements. It should be double-spaced using a 12-point standard font with 1-inch margins. Include page numbers, in the center of the top or bottom page, on all but the title page.
Citations can be in any format that your PI deems appropriate given the field of research.