Princeton Weekly Bulletin   April 14, 2008, Vol. 97, No. 23   prev   next   current

The senior thesis: Quintessentially Princeton

Princeton NJ — In its commitment to helping students evolve as independent thinkers, the University requires them to complete a senior thesis — a unique opportunity to pursue original research and scholarship in close collaboration with a faculty member.

Many senior thesis topics are driven by ideas from classes. Others reflect the pursuit of longheld intellectual passions. No matter the inspiration, for generations of students the senior thesis is often remembered as the defining experience of their Princeton educational careers.

“I envisioned the thesis as an enlightening, eye-opening journey that would reflect the learning and growth of my years at Princeton,” Krista Brune, a 2006 graduate, wrote in “The Thesis: Quintessentially Princeton,” a guide that is distributed to incoming students, juniors and faculty members.

This issue of the Princeton Weekly Bulletin profiles four students whose thesis projects represent the range of creative challenges that seniors can undertake in their independent work.

Related articles in this issue of the PWB:

Drafting the future of avant-garde architecture

Bringing history and imagination to the stage

Yielding energy solutions and career insights

Measuring the success of microfinance

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