Students who take Physics 196 or H196 for a year complete a Senior Thesis in Physics while satisfying their upper-division writing requirement. (This sequence also counts as two quarters of "coherently related" courses for the departmental degree requirement.) Alternatively, students can enroll in Physics 195. A senior thesis can be a stand-alone project initiated at the start of senior year, but it can also be the culmination of research started at an earlier stage, for example as a summer project that later expands into a senior thesis.
We strongly recommend that students begin working on identifying possible Senior Thesis projects during the junior year. See below for advice on finding research opportunities in the Department.
Students who are carrying out Senior Thesis research are eligible to present their findings at the annual UROP Symposium, held at the end of Spring quarter. Consult the UROP web site at the start of Spring quarter for information on submitting an abstract for the Symposium. Students can choose to give either an oral presentation or a poster presentation.