Revision and Evaluation of SIP
A complete draft of the SIP thesis is due on Friday of the second week of Fall term of the senior year. In subsequent weeks you will revise your thesis and participate in workshops on graphics, posters, and effective presentations. The final version of the SIP thesis is due on Friday of the first week of Winter term. SIP research is presented orally during the senior year.
Your seminar participation and presentation, your written SIP report, and an evaluation completed by your supervisor form the basis for the grades assigned to Chemistry 599. Thus both the work completed during the SIP period and the written Grades for the SIP are awarded on an Honors/Pass/No Credit basis in accordance with College policy. You may be asked for revisions to the written thesis before a grade is awarded, and some students may have an oral examination on their SIP by members of the department and/or outside examiners. When the evaluation of your SIP is complete, you will be notified by the Chemistry Department of the results and the grade will be submitted to the registrar.
To achieve a passing grade, the SIP report must be literate, organized, and follow some well-established format (preferably ACS conventions). It must describe the research so that it can be understood by competent scientists. If an internal research report format is to be prepared that is addressed to specialists, the submitted thesis must include an introduction and other additional information suitable for a broader audience. The student should also demonstrate a clear understanding of the significance of the problem including a reasonable grasp of the relevant literature. The student will be expected to show that understanding in his/her oral presentation.
To receive a grade of Honors on a SIP, the student should have shown a high level of ambition and organization, as well as some ingenuity. He or she should have demonstrated an ability to pursue at least part of the research project effectively with minimal direct supervision. While publishable results are not essential, it is common for honors-level projects.