The thesis is capped by a discussion that frames and summarizes the research question(s), places the results in the context of existing knowledge, analyses the strengths and weaknesses of the research, and suggests future directions for research in that area.
Each thesis is read and graded by the student's adviser and two other faculty members.
It should move logically from this background to one or more clearly articulated, testable hypotheses.
Most students elect to work in an adviser's laboratory (lab-based thesis).
Guide to Junior and Senior Independent Work The University’s requirement for a senior comprehensive examination is satisfied in the WWS by an oral defense of the thesis.
Students offer a prepared response to written evaluations of the thesis from their thesis adviser and a second reader, followed by a question-and-answer period.Guidelines for preparing and submitting the thesis, important dates, and additional information and advice can be found in the Guide to Independent Work.If you need an extension, you must contact Professor Liz Gavis.Extensions beyond the University’s submission deadline (May 4) can only be granted by your college Dean with the approval of the Undergraduate Studies Committee.Any extensions past the Dean’s date (May 12) must be approved by the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students.Dissertation title pages should reflect the month and year of the date the degree is conferred, and not the actual date of defense. The Graduate School can approve a two-year embargo of dissertation work, most often awarded to pursue book publication of dissertation materials.An embargo places a two-year hold on the online publication of the dissertation. For more information on embargoes review the Embargo Policy.Five-page prospectus including an outline, bibliography, summary of your sociological research question and its significance, and your hypothesis/ aims/ purposes.This progress report should also include a preliminary title page.Please review the information on degree requirements, which outlines all requirements necessary for graduate study at Princeton University.To be eligible to graduate, a student needs to be in good standing with the University, have completed all departmental and Graduate School requirements, and submitted all the required paperwork by the degree deadline.