For her senior thesis in environmental studies, Taryn O’Connell ’13 investigated a debate about Androscoggin River pollution that took place in Lewiston in the 1950s. Photograph by Hank Schless ’13.
Researching and writing a senior thesis is the capstone of an Environmental Studies (ES) major. Your thesis project allows you to employ and further expand the skills and knowledge you have developed as an ES major, both in your Concentration and as part of the ES Core. As an ES major, you have a number of thesis options. You may apply to do a one semester thesis during either the fall or winter term, a two-semester honors thesis, or a two-semester non-honors thesis. A two-semester non-honors thesis is only possible under exceptional circumstances and must be justified to the ES Committee.
A senior thesis is often written on a topic chosen independently by the student. The ES Committee does, however, also encourage students to think creatively about using their thesis as an extension of work already completed in ES. For example, a successful thesis can be an elaborations of a project begun in ENVR 417, or it can be an outgrowth of the internship experience.
The information in these Thesis pages is designed to help you navigate this process. You are encouraged to consult early with the ES Chair, your concentration Advisor, potential advisors within and outside of the ES program, and other relevant faculty and staff for information and assistance. Producing a senior thesis is often as rewarding as it is challenging. To help you develop a successful thesis we urge you to read these pages thoroughly.