Guide to Junior and Senior Independent Work The University’s requirement for a senior comprehensive examination is satisfied in the WWS by an oral defense of the thesis.
Students offer a prepared response to written evaluations of the thesis from their thesis adviser and a second reader, followed by a question-and-answer period.
In preparing for the the FPO, students should review the information below, which outlines the process and timeline and provides links to important policies and documents.
Degrees are conferred by Princeton University five times a year. on a degree date, the student must have successfully completed the FPO and returned all final paperwork to the Graduate School by the correct corresponding deadline date.
It should move logically from this background to one or more clearly articulated, testable hypotheses.
Most students elect to work in an adviser's laboratory (lab-based thesis).The student works independently but under supervision to plan and conduct experiments to advance scientific knowledge.Students are expected to analyze and interpret critically the results of experiments, to use their results to guide subsequent experiments, and to integrate knowledge from various sources.Dissertation title pages should reflect the month and year of the date the degree is conferred, and not the actual date of defense. The Graduate School can approve a two-year embargo of dissertation work, most often awarded to pursue book publication of dissertation materials.An embargo places a two-year hold on the online publication of the dissertation. For more information on embargoes review the Embargo Policy.Sources of data could include (but are not limited to): online databases chosen in consultation with the thesis adviser, existing experimental data perhaps from the adviser's lab, or new student-initiated surveys or ethnographic studies.All Molecular Biology theses provide a complete statement of the study’s methods, a report of results, relevant tables or figures, and (as appropriate) tests of significance.In addition to submitting the thesis document, students are required to present their work to the two non-adviser thesis readers in a 30-minute oral exam.The adviser and readers use a grading rubric for each component.Guidelines for preparing and submitting the thesis, important dates, and additional information and advice can be found in the Guide to Independent Work.If you need an extension, you must contact Professor Liz Gavis.