Science Requirements

Goals

For a Thesis in an Experimental Science

Ideally, you should form a hypothesis, design experiments, collect data, write observations, and write a report in standard journal format. In practice, given that you are exposed to and understand a larger research agenda, you might choose to concentrate on only a limited aspect of the entire enterprise.

For a Thesis in a Theoretical Discipline

Students should write an expository article based on graduate-level directed readings.

Research for Science Majors

Science research is an exciting practice--it is what those who call themselves scientists do. By undertaking original scientific research, you will develop an expertise both in your field and in the scientific process itself, and will gain considerable skills for application in the future. Consult with your academic adviser in the College of Science for specific requirements for research in your scientific field.

How to Get Started

Begin exploring your options for a senior honors thesis by the beginning of your sophomore year. Start by finding a research position in one of the labs in your field.  Lab experience eventually leads to a question or project that you'll work on for your thesis. Discuss ideas and possibilities with your undergraduate advisor and the instructors of your introductory courses.

By the end of sophomore year, determine your faculty adviser and outline or launch your own research program. By organizing your research with an adviser, you will comply with the department's requirements for undergraduate thesis research.

Research Outside Notre Dame

Many research opportunities for undergraduates exist at other universities or in the industrial sector (e.g., research labs) during the summer. Glynn scholars may locate such an opportunity themselves, or may be guided by a Notre Dame faculty member who also does research elsewhere.  

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