Senior Thesis Application

494W (M) Research and Design Senior Project (3 credits)

This course continues the senior thesis research topic addressed by the student. This is a capstone research/design project which integrates: a) background literature search with articulation of a research hypothesis, b) design and implementation of an experimental plan to test the hypothesis, and c) conclusions regarding the validity of the hypothesis based on the experimental data obtained in the course of the research.

The main characteristic of this course is the performance of the research plan, followed by interpretation of the data in the context of the original hypothesis(es). Laboratory research is generally performed in collaboration with faculty and graduate research assistants, using equipment and facilities in a wide range of laboratories throughout campus. Occasionally, the nature of the research may require the student to collaborate with researchers outside of Penn State, perhaps even spending some time in residence at other facilities.

A total of three credits must be completed and advisor approved electronic thesis submitted, including signature form and electronic word search form by the deadline. Credits may be split between 2 semesters.

Application Form (494W)

Please click here to view and print the required application form

Completed applications should be submitted to the Student Service office (105 Deike Building).

Credits indicated will be added to the applicant’s schedule. If the application is not received by the deadline, the student will be required to participate in the Learning Factory Research and Design Senior Project.

Important Dates

For FA2014/SP2014/SU2014 Graduation: 494W Application Due by May 2
ABET Review/Formatting for Fall Graduate:  November 20, 2014 
Thesis Submission Deadline for FA2014: December 11, 2014
ABET Review/Formatting for Spring Graduates: April 10, 2014
Thesis Submission Deadline for SP2014:  May 1, 2014
ABET Review/Formatting for Summer Graduate: July 22, 2014
Thesis Submission Deadline for SU2014: August 12, 2014