Thesis proposal outline

Writing an outline will help you to structure your  thesis proposal and, in a more general sense, your work on the senior thesis  project. Another purpose is to show us that you have identified a project that makes sense to you (and us) and that you have a clear plan of attack.

Some guidelines:

Here is an example (inspired by research done by Steve Chillrud at LDEO):

Factors influencing the concentrations of particulate matter in a New York City apartment

Josephine Doe, Environmental Science Department, Barnard College, 10/30/2000

Research mentor: Steve Chillrud, LDEO,
Seminar Advisor: Martin Stute, Env. Sci. Dep., BC,


Thesis statement


Preliminary results and discussion

Work plan (gantt chart)

Implications of research


HEI (2000) HEI what's new page. The Health Effects Institute. Viewed 10/12/00.

Long, C.M., Suh, H.H., and  Koutrakis (2000) Characterization of indoor particle sources using continuous mass and size monitors. Journal of Air & Waste Management Association, 50, 1236-1250.

Spengler, J.D. and Wilson, R. (1996) Particles in our air: Exposures & health effects. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 300pp.