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Thesis for Distinction

Think critically, evaluate objectively.

The Senior Thesis for Distinction is an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate Sargent College seniors to complete an in-depth research experience within your major or minor field of study. Under the supervision of a faculty mentor, you’ll have the opportunity to develop and execute a personalized research project while also collaborating in your mentor’s lab or research group.

Cultivate scientific curiosity.

Participation in the Senior Thesis for Distinction will provide students with a thorough understanding of the research enterprise. The experience will develop your technical writing and oral presentation skills through interactions in the laboratory, writing a final report on your project, and summarizing your research in a final poster presentation to students and faculty. And it will help prepare you for graduate school where the dedication, creativity, and independence honed during your thesis experience will be invaluable.

Successful completion of the Thesis will result in the designation of “graduation with distinction” appearing on the student’s diploma and transcript.

Eligibility and Guidelines

The Thesis for Distinction option will be available for Sargent students who entered as first-year students in the 2014-2015 academic year or later*.  Such students who are enrolled in the following undergraduate programs and who meet the minimum requirements (see Guidelines) are eligible to apply for the Thesis for Distinction option, which will typically be completed during the final two semesters of undergraduate study:

  • Athletic Training
  • Behavior & Health
  • Health Science
  • Human Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
  • Joint Linguistics/Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
  • BS/MPH students may also have room in their schedules.

Please download our Senior Thesis for Distinction Guidelines for detailed policies and requirements, as well as an application.

Questions? Contact Senior Associate Dean Melanie L. Matthies, PhD.

*Note: If you entered Boston University prior to the 2014-2015 academic year and are interested in completing the senior thesis, please contact Senior Associate Dean Melanie L. Matthies, PhD.