The senior thesis research project is required of all majors in DEES. It is guided by a faculty mentor, as well as a course that is taken in the fall and spring of senior year typically (UN3901 Senior Seminar).
Gathering data for the project is an essential step. We recommend you start thinking about your project as early as your junior year, so you can create an achievable timeline for the completion of it. Many students participate in summer internships in their junior year that provides them with data they end up using for their thesis. However, that is not the only method for data collection. Actively pursue questions about your senior thesis through the DUS or UPM, and by finding a mentor early on to help guide your process.
Students can find mentors within DEES, Lamont, Barnard, or any of the other affiliated institutions. Typically, a student finds a mentor with similar research interests to them so they can work on a project the mentor already has, or plan a new project together. All mentors outside of DEES faculty must be approved by the DUS.