Thesis Preparation I
This course aims to help students work towards a viable MS thesis topic. It will:
- provide students with an overview of the department's requirements and expectations for the MS thesis in general and for the thesis topic specifically;
- inform students about the department's capacity for supervising and supporting MS thesis topics, including areas of interest of resident faculty and doctoral students
- provide mentoring for students individually, working with them to develop their topic and identify potential supervisors (and, where applicable, doctoral students with related research interests)
Understand the general requirements and expectations of an MS thesis in environmental sciences and policy; understand the qualities of a good thesis topic; understand the department's capacity to support MS thesis work, and identify relevant faculty and doctoral students who can provide support for the student's own research; produce a good quality MS thesis topic description (pre-proposal).
This course is on a pass/fail basis so grades will not be recorded. In order to achieve a pass, students must attend all mandatory classes and (minimum two) individual mentoring sessions, and produce required assignments related to the thesis topic (initial statement of research ideas, and thesis topic description ["pre-proposal"]). Oral feedback will be given on the initial statement of research ideas in a mentoring session; oral and written feedback will be given on the thesis topic description.