An honors thesis provides a highly motivated student with the opportunity to participate in the research process from start to finish. Students participate in formulating the question to be researched and the experimental design. Students collect data, analyze that data and complete a final written report. Many students are given the opportunity to present their results at a national or international scientific meeting. In some instances, the thesis is worked up into a publishable manuscript. You DO NOT have to write an honors thesis to complete an E&ES major. If you are considering doing research and writing a thesis, you should speak with the various E&ES faculty during your Junior year. Do not limit yourself to one faculty member - find out what research everyone is doing and whether they are interested in taking on a thesis student. Ask what kinds of research projects you could work on if you wanted to do research with her/him. Look carefully for a well-defined project that can reasonably be completed in two or three semesters. Of course, also look for a project that interests YOU! Be sure to discuss and outline with your faculty advisor your respective expectations for the project. It is helpful to develop a timeline so that you can gain a sense of progress towards your goal.