Science Teaching Series

Internet Resources

I. Developing Scientific Literacy

II. Developing Scientific Reasoning

III. Developing Scientific Understanding

IV. Developing Scientific Problem Solving

V. Developing Scientific Research Skills

VI. Resources for Teaching Science

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Important Notes

Essential Reading

Graduate Services


Structure of Thesis or Project.

Chapter Thesis (detail) Project (detail)
1 Introduction: Research Problem Introduction: Project Goals
2 Literature Review Literature Review
3 Research Methodology Methodology for Project
4-? Data & Interpretation Finished Product
Final Summary and Discussion Summary and Discussion
  Bibliography Bibliography
  Appendix Appendix

Thesis, Project, or Comprehensive Exam? Masters candidates must complete a graduate thesis, project or pass the comprehensive examination. The thesis is research-oriented and is helpful for students who wish to pursue a doctoral degree. The project is an applied endeavor that results in a product useful to the candidate and other educators. The comprehensive examination assess a candidate's understanding of the issues introduced in the program and is generally the most expedient project.

MA Thesis or Project: "The Master's thesis or a graduate project identified on the student's program is the culminating academic experience leading to an advanced degree. A Master's thesis or a graduate project provides a demonstration of a graduate student's ability to explore, develop, and organize materials relating to a specific problem or an applied orientation within a field of study. The student must exhibit an ability to pursue research and investigation in a rigorous and perceptive fashion and to present the results in an extended scholarly statement in a clear, direct, and concise manner. The university shelves a copy of approved theses in the Oviatt Library and keeps the original copy in the archive. This allows the work to be publicly available to other students, faculty, and outside researchers. The thesis or the graduate project, therefore, becomes a visible and permanent measure of the quality of scholarship expected of a graduate student." (From Guidelines for the Preparation of Theses and Graduate Projects)

Thesis: A Master's thesis is based on the results of original research which substantiates a specific view as expressed in a hypothesis, a concept, or a question. A Master's thesis can consist of making a synthesis of existing data and/or the development of new data in the laboratory or in the library.

Project: The term graduate project is used to describe a piece of original, creative work such as: