Senior Honors Thesis

A senior honors thesis is a year-long capstone experience for Tufts seniors who have met certain qualifications in liberal arts or engineering. The senior honors thesis in the Department of Physics and Astronomy takes the form of an independent research-based project culminating in a scholarly monograph that incorporates extensive research, critical analysis, and a sustained argument centered on a defined research question or hypothesis.

All senior honors theses in the Department of Physics and Astronomy must meet the following criteria:

  • Is a year-long project (one credit per semester for two consecutive semesters in your final year at Tufts).
  • Must be approved in advance by and registered through the Physics and Astronomy department.
  • Is supervised and approved by a committee of two Tufts professors.
    • Your committee chair must be a full-time faculty member in the Physics and Astronomy department.
    • The second committee member must be a Tufts professor and may be from either Physics and Astronomy or a different department.
    • A third committee member is possible, but not required. The third committee member may be from Tufts, another institution, or from outside academia.
  • Culminates in a defense. The defense is a formal presentation of your thesis, followed by a discussion of it with your committee. All committee members must be present at the defense.
  • Will be archived in Tufts Digital Collections & Archives when completed.

For more information, speak with your advisor and visit the Tufts Senior Thesis and Policies and Procedures websites.

Recent Senior Theses


  • Anastasia Korolov, An Investigation of Negative Energy Densities in Quantum Field Theory: Diagonalization Method and Worked Examples, Advisor: Larry Ford
  • Andrew Mascioli, Defect Structure and Percolation in Bidispersed Sphere Packings, Advisor: Tim Atherton
  • Jed McKinney, Evidence for SED Uniformity in 1.1 mm Selected Dusty, Star-Forming Galaxies, Advisor: Anna Sajina
  • Zachary Pagel, Experimentally Controlling Director Fields in Nematic Liquid Crystals, Advisor: Peggy Cebe


  • Avram Ellner, A Study of Neuron Growth on Micropatterened PDMS Surfaces, Advisor: Tim Atherton
  • Julia Fowler, High Frequency Radio Type 2 AGN and How They May Relate to Outflows, Advisor: Anna Sajina
  • Mukesh Ghimire, The Mathematical Correspondence Between Classical and Quantum Mechanics, Advisor: Krzysztof Sliwa
  • Ian Hunter, Towards Active Matter on Deformable Surfaces, Advisor: Tim Atherton
  • Daniel Norman, Phenomenological Study of Baryon-Resonance Production in Neutrino-Nucleon Scattering, Advisor: Tony Mann
  • Matthew Peterson, Dielectric and Ellipsometric Studies of Carbon Nanotube Doped Nematic Liquid Crystals, Advisor: Peggy Cebe

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