As part of the CHP curriculum, all students complete a thesis or capstone project prior to graduation. This important academic milestone not only represents the student’s capping achievement but also characterizes a student’s pursuit for depth of knowledge, scholarship, and research.
The Chancellor’s Honors Thesis Project is a faculty-mentored academic undertaking defined as a substantial scholarly, scientific, or artistic endeavor representing the culmination of a CHP student’s undergraduate education. Depending upon one’s major field of study, many students write a traditional thesis (i.e. a lengthy research-based piece of scholarship) while others pursue disciplines in which that tradition is irrelevant. For those students, the project may be a design project, a business plan, or a creative production.
The Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange (TRACE), is the university’s public digital archive. CHP students have the option to have their thesis project be publicly available to the worldwide academic community. To date, thousands of UT honors thesis projects have been downloaded for academic use.
Some examples of previous thesis projects:
- An Evaluation of Cover Crop Species and Mixtures for Tennessee Organic Production Systems, Bonnie Craighead, ‘16 (Environmental and Soil Science with a concentration in Soil Science)
- The Causative Agents of Viral Hemorrhagic Fever: Do They Have a Common Ancestor?, Mark B. Schneider, ’16 (Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology)
- The Four-Hour Film Festival, James Christopher Agan, ’16 (Marketing, Creative Project)
- Graphene and Carbon Nanotube PLA Composite Feedstock Development for Fused Deposition Modeling, Austin Plymill, Robert Minneci, Duncan Alexander Greeley, and Jack Gritton, all ’16 CHP, (Materials Science and Engineering, Design Project)