For some students, especially freshmen, the idea of writing a 25-page thesis seems rather daunting. However, in upper-division classes at Liberty, you will probably complete a 15-20 page paper before you even attempt your thesis. In addition, you are encouraged to base your thesis off prior research that you have conducted in your Honors petition classes or other coursework in your major.
One of the major benefits of writing a Senior Honors Thesis is that it provides you with a scholarly writing sample that can become part of your portfolio when making application for graduate schools as well as law and medical schools. One Honors alumnus tells the story of taking a hard bound copy of his thesis with him to his law school interview, and the committee was so impressed with his thesis that they immediately offered him a half tuition scholarship for law school.
On rare occasions, Honors students are granted approval for a creative type of thesis. For example, Aaron Bauer wrote a 4-scene, 70-minute play entitled Yesterday's Retraction: he also directed the play, which opened May 5, 2005, in the Lloyd Auditorium at Liberty.
The year before, Kent Walter wrote and directed his own play, an 80-page, one-act light romance entitled Searching for Starlight.
Still, one of the favorite moments of any senior is submitting the final copy of their thesis. On the final day of their Senior Thesis class, we offer a senior class party with cookies and punch to celebrate their success.
Each year a plaque is given for the Outstanding Senior Thesis. The 2015 award went to Amanda Hazy, a cell and molecular biology major, for her thesis entitled, Gene Expression and Alzheimer’s Disease Evaluation of Gene Expression Patterns in Brain and Blood for an Alzheimer’s Disease Mouse Model. She was also one of only two students chosen to pursue a dual doctorate (DVM and PhD) at Virginia Tech.