Capstone Advisor Contract
Capstone Thesis Application Form
THESIS PROPOSAL GUIDELINES
You must first select an on-campus thesis advisor who has expertise on topics related to your proposed project. The advisor may be from any FSU department; the student must ask for their participation prior to developing the proposal.
Prepare a well-constructed proposal following the guidelines below. The proposal must be reviewed and approved by your on-campus internship advisor before submitting it to the Environmental Science Committee.
• Definition of problem topic.
• Summary of current state of knowledge on problem topic, including citations from the primary literature (i.e., professional publications, peer reviewed where appropriate).
• Clear statement of the question to be answered by student’s thesis project.
• Objectively describe the significance and relevance of the problem topic and the project question to the field of Environmental Science and current environmental issues.
• Elaborate on the significance and relevance of the proposed project experience to your own personal career goals.
• Clearly describe the types of data that will be collected (e.g., measurements, categorical responses, etc.).
• Clearly describe the method by which you will collect your data (e.g., proposed sample sizes, manner of subject/site selection, controls, etc.).
• Clearly describe the manner in which the data will be analyzed (e.g., state comparisons or associations sought, statistics that will be used, etc.).
Project Presentation and Assessment
• Explain how you will present your final conclusions to the Environmental Science Committee, FSU campus, and relevant local community. This should include both a written and an oral component.
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THESIS GRADING RUBRIC
– 40% from Advisor (5% proposal, 10% first draft, 20% second draft, 5% professionalism)
– 60% from Committee (30% paper, 30% oral)