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Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

p: 704-894-2385

Mailing Address

Box 7056
Davidson, NC 28035

Shipping Address

209 Ridge Road
Davidson, NC 28035

CIS Schedule Planning for Seniors

Any extended research project requires time, careful planning, commitment, conscientious attention to both detail and overview, and flexibility. Your CIS senior thesis is no exception. In planning for your senior year, you should consider the following.

CIS Lunches

The lunches are one of the most beloved CIS traditions. It is a way for interdisciplinary majors and their advisers to get to know each other away from the office or the classroom. At these lunches, students, faculty members, and sometimes visiting scholars present research to the group. This helps to build community and stimulate thinking. In addition, seniors writing theses are given an opportunity to explain their research and to practice their oral presentation skills. Lunches will be held on the second Monday and the fourth Tuesday of every month-mark your calendar!

Adviser Meetings

In preparation for your prospectus defense, you are expected to meet early with your adviser to design a research study, to create a capstone project, or to develop an extensive reading list. At the end of each semester, advisers complete progress forms and send them to the CIS director. Students who do not wish to write a thesis or complete a project now have the option to take a comprehensive exam*.

*If you choose the comprehensive examination option, you must work closely with your adviser to finalize a reading/viewing list by Sept. 7.  Your adviser will write an examination that will be given in the spring semester based upon the agreed upon reading/viewing list.  

Senior Year Thesis, Project, or Exam

In the spring, your adviser will complete the official CIS form and provide a signed copy, along with a copy of your thesis, project or exam to the CIS director. Additionally, you should plan for the following.

  • Alenda Lux Presentations: Thesis and project students are required to participate in the spring research symposium. Students who select the comprehensive examination option are not required to participate but are encouraged to attend.
  • "Applying for Honors" Defenses: Senior thesis defenses must be completed by May 1.  Other students may fulfill the senior culminating experience through their comprehensive exam or project, which do not require final oral presentations.

Thesis Students Only

Any extended research project requires time, careful planning, commitment, conscientious attention to both detail and overview, and flexibility. Your CIS senior thesis is no exception. These deadlines will help you work as effectively as possible on your thesis. They are not negotiable.

  • Fall Semester (CIS 495): Syllabus and status update submitted to advisers by noon on Friday of the third week of the semester
  • Spring Semester (CIS 496): Spring syllabus updated and submitted to advisers by noon on Friday of the first week of the semester
  • Full draft due noon on Friday before Spring Break
  • Finished thesis due by noon on the first Friday in April
  • Thesis defenses during the third and fourth weeks of April

Celebration!

We will host a CIS banquet on the Tuesday before Reading Day.