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CIS Senior Thesis

CIS Senior Thesis Guidelines (not for IS Majors)

Procedures governing approval of the CIS Senior Thesis projects are described in the Tufts University AS&E Bulletin . Arts, Science, and Engineering students who wish to write a senior thesis outside their major area of concentration may be eligible to write a CIS senior thesis. The student must satisfy the CIS Board that the topic falls outside the purview of any department or interdisciplinary program and that significant coursework and/or faculty-directed research relevant to the thesis topic has been accomplished. The student must assemble a committee of three faculty readers with expertise in the disciplines involved, one of whom is designated as the chair of the committee and who is responsible for submitting a grade and designating the amount of credit for the thesis coursework. One member of the committee must be from a department or program in which the student is majoring. The topic must be approved by the CIS Board no later than the end of the first week of classes in the first semester of the student's senior year. Students who would like to be recommended for degrees with honors by departments that require a thesis should be aware that these departments require a thesis within their own department and a CIS thesis will not usually count as a substitute. However, students may apply for a CIS thesis to count as an honors thesis in the Thesis Honors Program like a thesis in any other discipline by assembling a thesis committee and filing the appropriate paperwork. If the CIS thesis is to qualify as an honors thesis, the chair of the thesis committee must be from a department or program in which the student is majoring.

Registration Procedures for a CIS Senior Thesis

Students interested in pursuing the CIS Senior Thesis can enroll for the must submit the following information to the CIS program director for consideration:

  1. A one-page thesis prospectus, which briefly summarizes the thesis project design, including: the major research question or questions to be pursued in the thesis, including (if known) a brief summary of existing research; and an indication of the potential resources (library, bibliographic, data collection) that will be consulted for research;
     
  2. A letter from the Faculty member stating an intent to serve as primary advisor for the thesis whom is designated as the chair of the committee;
     
  3. A copy of the completed CIS Senior Thesis Candidate Application Form submitted to the Dean of the Colleges containing the signatures of the committee of three faculty readers with expertise in the disciplines involved, one of whom is designated as the chair of the committee and who is responsible for submitting a grade and designating the amount of credit for the thesis coursework. One member of the committee must be from a department or program in which the student is majoring.

Course Enrollment

Once the CIS Thesis has been approved by the CIS Board, the student will enroll in either CIS 94 A/B (this course is for students planning to do a regular thesis) or CIS 194 A/B (this course is for students whose GPA qualifies them to undertake an honors thesis). Note: Those students doing an honors thesis may qualify to graduate with honors, high honors or highest honors; this is at the discretion of the thesis advising committee and is different from Latin honors (such as cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude) which is determined on the basis of GPA.

Students doing a thesis or an honors thesis are expected to have a one hour defense with their committees, at which time faculty will determine a grade, and if applicable, level of honors for the work.

The deadline for grading coincides with grading of other courses as stated in the Tufts University AS&E Bulletin.

Forms

Students are responsible for submitting the One on One form to the CIS office as soon as their CIS Thesis has been approved. The CIS Thesis Certification form must be submitted by the student's first reader to the CIS office after the thesis defense, and the Honors Form must be submitted by the student’s first reader to the Registrar’s office by the deadline publicized each year.

Research Resources

Students thinking about conducting a research project, such as a senior thesis, should be aware of the numerous support programs and publication opportunities on Tufts campus. For details about this program visit the Academic Resource Center website.

Tisch Library actively supports undergraduate thesis research. Students are encouraged to meet with librarians individually in order to gain an increased awareness of relevant library resources, and learn how to use them as efficiently and effectively as possible.Take their 8-week mini-course "Research 4 Success: Using the Library for Thesis and Capstone Projects."

Who to Contact for More Information

For academic consultation regarding the CIS Senior Thesis, contact:
Julie Dobrow
Director, CIS
julie.dobrow@tufts.edu
Phone: 617.627.4744