Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry

Join us for Creative Inquiry Day 2014, May 8th!

Kamelia Kilawan Thomas Tam

Kamelia Kilawan, “Does Kali Devotion Empower Urban Women in Hindu Diaspora?” (See more below)

Students are encouraged to undertake independent research, such as an Honors Thesis, independent research under the supervision of a faculty member, or service learning projects.


Why write an undergraduate thesis?

  • follow a passion and become an “expert” in a specific  topic
  • build your credentials and  create a favorable impression on future employers and graduate schools
  • strengthen writing and research skills and foster relationships with faculty members
  • expose yourself to the research process and enhance your abilities as a consumer of research
  • earn departmental honors, an additional distinction on your diploma

The two-semester course sequence (6001/6002) counts toward your 10-honors course requirement.  Many majors allow the thesis to count as a major elective.  See the undergraduate Bulletin for your discipline/department for more information.  An interdisciplinary thesis option (IDC) is also available.


Resources for writing an honors thesis:

  • Thesis Guidelines, which includes how to write your proposal/prospectus and the prospectus form.

    • Spring start:  Thesis writers who wish to begin their projects in the spring semester must submit their proposals to their advisors and the committee by November 1 of the semester prior to enrolling in 6001H and officially beginning their project. Suggested changes may be made by the mentor and/or the committee and these must be completed and the proposal re-submitted to the Undergraduate Honors Committee, NO LATER than December 1.
    • Fall start: Thesis writers who wish to begin their projects in the fall semester, must submit their proposals to their advisors and the committee by April 1 of the semester before they enroll in 6001H and officially begin their project. Suggested changes may be made by the mentor and/or the committee and these must be completed, and the proposal re-submitted to the committee, NO LATER than May 1st
  • Research librarian/Honors liaison, Stephen Francoeur can assist with research and finding examples of prior theses; the library thesis guide offers guidance from start to finish.
  • the Writing Center facilitates a writing workshop for thesis writers
  • Ebook: How to Write a BA Thesis: A Practical Guide from your First ideas to your Finished Paper available from the Newman library
  • Creative Inquiry Day 2014, May 8th!  Present your project to the Baruch community
  • Sign up to present at the 2014 ICUR International Conference of Undergraduate Research on September 23, 2014.  More information coming soon.

Independent Study

  • Weissman: Independent Study Proposal
  • Zicklin and SPA Independent Study opportunities: Contact the department directly to learn more about the process.

Research Assistantships


Getting published


Kamelia Kilawan:  research from the student’s perspective

Kamelia is a Provost Scholar and Jeanette K. Watson Fellow concentrating on Journalism and Religious Studies. She is curious about the thread that binds the city’s ethnic communities and is using this passion to strengthen her skills as a journalist.   She recently won the CUNY Thomas Tam Prize, the Susan A. Locke Award, and was accepted to Columbia’s graduate journalism program.  See her blog, Culture Kamelia.

 

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