The Haslam Scholars Program requires scholars to think reflectively, critically, and independently. To achieve this goal, the program provides opportunities for scholars to engage in intellectual dialogue and inquiry, advance the production of knowledge and innovative ideas through research, and helps students gain the confidence necessary to participate in academic discourse on either a national or international stage.
The Haslam Scholars thesis is an original scholarly project that thoroughly investigates a topic or question and contributes new insights to a particular field of study. While some theses attempt to answer an academic question or test a hypothesis, students in art, music, creative writing, or other creative disciplines may choose to complete a creative project. Completing a thesis allows students to design an individualized project that provides an opportunity to synthesize various pieces of a student’s education. The thesis also provides an opportunity for scholars to develop a professional relationship and work closely with faculty members who share similar research interests, publish their research, and present at local and national professional conferences.
The thesis requirement is the culmination of scholars’ research work and should be completed with the mission and guiding principles in mind. Many past scholars have used their thesis projects as a bridge to professional work or graduate studies.