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


Gogineni, Reshma

Besser (Philosophy)

The Morality of Neuroscientific Reductionism: Predicting Problem   Populations?

Current Thesis Topics

 The effectiveness of buckwheat as a cover crop: effects on soil nutrients, mycorrhizal spore populations, and subsequent crop yields  (Vera Chan, BIOL 2016)

Using next-generation sequencing to profile chromatin heterogeneity in virulent yeast (Alison Cook, MBBC 2016)

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.