Student and Faculty Work

Students who wish to be considered for departmental honors must complete a senior thesis. Theses take a year to research and write, and are generally at least 80 pages in length. For a list of past theses, as well as a list of recipients of selected departmental awards, click on the links to the left.

Recent Thesis Topics

(Biology, Psychology, and Philosophy faculty)



Thesis   Advisor

Thesis   Title


Goins, Emily C.


Dose-dependent effects of testosterone replacement on spatial memory and BDNF level in male rats

Current Thesis Topics

A Forest of Fish — Exploring the Relationship Between Fish Communities and the Environment (Spencer Hardy, BIOL 2017)

Playing RNA-seq: An investigation into the effects of a point-mutation in Akap9 on the murine hippocampal transcriptome (Will Henriques, INDE 2017)

Senior Theses

Students must have a cumulative 3.33 average in their regular Political Science courses taken at Middlebury through the end of the junior year in order to undertake an honors thesis project. (“Regular Political Science courses” include fall and spring political science courses, plus a maximum of one winter term Political Science course.) A proposal for an Honors Thesis must be submitted to—and approved by—a student’s thesis advisor. No exceptions will be made to these requirements.

Middlebury Theses & Dissertations

It may be helpful to see examples of good quality Middlebury theses and dissertations.  See also the awards section of this guide for links to other examples of high-quality papers.

Digital Senior Theses and Senior Work Archive (Now on Scholarship at Middlebury)

In 2007 Middlebury began adding digital theses to a college-wide digital Institutional Repository. Departments determine which theses and senior work projects are eligible to be included.