Writing Quality: Does the manuscript flow or are there gaps in the logic? Is it well organized? Does each paragraph cover one subject? Is the grammar correct? Does the paper have spelling errors that would be caught by using a spell checker? Is the title informative and a reflection of the content? Are all scientific terms adequately defined? Is scientific terminology used correctly? Are abbreviations and acronyms used only when absolutely necessary?
Quality of Graphs and Tables: Are any reproductions of high quality? Is each axis labeled? Does each figure have a figure caption? Are different symbols legible? Are all figures interleaved with the text? Do figures adequately represent the points you want to make?
Referencing: Does the paper contain an adequate
of references from the peer reviewed scientific
the proposal we require at least 15 and for the final thesis, 30
RELEVANT references. A few web sites are
as are major reference books and newspapers. However, the
the references should be from scientific journals and
all citations in the list of references?
Approximate final thesis (proposal) length: 40 (20) pages, double spaced, 12pt font, including title page, plus figures.
The goal of the senior seminar is to conduct independent
present the results at the end of the year. Some students
the summer in their research, other's don't. Both groups
students can and have produced excellent theses. For both
we expect that the research and results are furthered during
the academic year. Results and reports written during the
be a part of but not the entire thesis. The students who
have the best theses do not have the largest or most complex
but are the students who diligently work on their topic and
analyze and discuss the data they have; taking the time
year to fully explore their topic.
|A+||4.3||Highly exceptional, rare performance|
|A-||3.7||Excellent work, exceeds course expectations|
|B+||3.3||Very good work, meets all course expectations|
|B||3.0||Good work, meets most course expectations|
|B-||2.7||Work meets major course expectations|
|C+||2.3||Fair achievement, but below what is generally expected|
|C-||1.7||Barely acceptable achievement|
|D||1.0||Lowest achievement to allow for pass|