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Readying for Graduation, Princeton Engineering Students Reflect on their Senior Thesis Experience

May 20th, 2019

As their thesis deadlines approached, seniors in the School of Engineering and Applied Science reflected on what they’ve gained by tackling a demanding yearlong research project, along with their coursework and other activities.

“The senior thesis or independent project is the culminating experience of a Princeton undergraduate education,” said Peter Bogucki, associate dean for undergraduate affairs in SEAS. “Students build on the knowledge gained from their coursework, choose a topic in consultation with an adviser, and perform experiments, design prototypes or simulate processes as they take ownership of a particular engineering problem. They then present their results in a professional way, having become an authority on the topic they have chosen.”

Said Elad Hazan, professor of computer science, “It’s a very gratifying experience for me as an educator to see students grow over the course of junior and senior years. They learn what it means to innovate in research, the challenges involved in making these innovations rigorous and provable, how to handle setbacks, how to collaborate, and how to communicate their results and relate them to relevant research in the field. I am amazed by the resilience and motivation some of them display, bringing out unique skills they have, whether mathematical, programming or writing, as impressive as any I have seen in my colleagues. They truly become researchers.”

Click here to read more about these graduating seniors.

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