In the Sociology and Anthropology Department, the culminating activity for all of our majors is an original empirical senior thesis done under the direction of a faculty mentor. The senior thesis seminar is the culmination of a series of major courses including statistics, research methods and internship in which students explore how reliable information is generated in sociological and anthropological research, and how that information is applicable in real life settings. The senior thesis undergraduate research experience develops strong professional skills that are in demand in the world of work, as well as in graduate school.
Each term between 35 and 60 students complete the senior thesis process. Their studies address a wide variety of topics, and utilize a wide variety of research techniques. Sociology and Anthropology students have won the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research each year since its inception. Winners are listed below along with links to their theses. The department also honors the finest senior theses produced each term with it’s own Excellence in Research Award.
Irina Cristali: Poisson Percolation on the Square Lattice, Advisors: Rick Durrett, Matthew Junge
David Geng: Creating Musical Rubato Using Deep Learning, Advisor: Ezra Miller
Zhenhua Liu: Stationary One-Sided Area Minimizing Hypersurfaces with Isolated Singularities, Advisors: William Allard, Hubert Bray, Robert Bryant
Xueying Wang: Unfolding High-Dimensional Convex Polyhedra, Advisor: Ezra Miller
Claire Wiebe: Analyzing the Effects of Partisan Correlation on Election Outcomes using Order Statistics, Advisor: Jonathan Mattingly
Gaitling Zhou: Elliptic Curves over Dedekind Domains, Advisor: William Pardon
Previous senior honors theses (archived versions of recent theses are here):
The senior thesis is emblematic of the kind of intellectual freedom Bard College at Simon’s Rock’s Upper College students are given. It is a year-long, self-designed scholarly project that is the capstone of a student’s work. It’s required of everyone. The thesis is not just an academic requirement for a Simon’s Rock Bachelor of Arts degree, it is work that adds to the world’s storehouse of knowledge.
At the beginning of the thesis project, a formal proposal must be submitted and approved. This collection includes senior thesis proposals beginning in academic year 1998-1999 as well as theses beginning in 2011.
Students who plan to write a senior thesis should select a research topic during their Junior year. The best way to do this is to approach a professor with whom you would like to work and ask for suggestions of possible research topics. A one-credit independent study (Junior Honors Project, M 392) is usually offered in the fall semester to help students explore a research topic and write a senior thesis proposal.
The Department of Mathematical Sciences encourages math majors to write a senior thesis (M 499) in order to fulfill the Advanced College Writing Requirement (formerly known as the Upper-Division Writing Requirement).
The BA program culminates in the writing of a Senior Thesis.
Students select a topic related to their concentration and submit their thesis proposal in the spring of their junior year. Under the regular guidance of faculty advisors and evaluators, students continue to research, write, and develop the study over the course of their senior year. The result is a significant piece of research and an established skill set that will enable independent research studies going forward.
The Graduate School Collaborative, Jake Copich and Stanislav Nedzelskyi
Metabolism for Cyborgs, Christopher Bressler and Colin Hoover