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You can read a complete list of guidelines for thesis preparation and submission, and review a thesis checklist to make sure you haven't missed anything. Here's an example of title and cover pages: PDF - Word document. Here's an example of a Table of Contents and list of figures: The SB in Mechanical Engineering requires a thesis with a minimum of 6 units credit.
The objective of this requirement is to give students an opportunity to learn about a topic in depth through independent study under the guidance of an advisor who is knowledgeable in the field. The nature of the work may be the review of an engineering topic of interest to the student, an original research project, or a design project.
In any case, the work must involve additional learning of a substantive nature. The work must be documented by a thesis document graded by the advisor. With the approval of the advisor, up to 15 units of credit are permitted. Students have the responsibility to find their own thesis supervisor, and it is best that this be done by the beginning of the senior year.
Many students develop theses from UROP projects that they have had during the junior year or summer between junior and senior years. In that case, the UROP supervisor becomes the thesis supervisor. In other cases, students will contact faculty members whose research is of interest to them, and a thesis project can be developed by discussion between the student and the faculty member.
In still other cases, students may have their own clear idea of the subject of their thesis, and the task will be to find a faculty member who is interested in working with the student on that topic. The thesis advisor of record must be an MIT faculty member or select members of the research staff graduate students and postdocs are ineligible to act as thesis advisors.
Students who are looking for an appropriate thesis advisor should consult the Undergraduate Office Room Theses may be done off campus, but students are cautioned that off-campus supervisors usually are not familiar with the thesis requirements which may put the student at risk when seeking approval of the Department.
Also, work done at an industrial firm may be considered proprietary by the firm which would prevent the student from submitting the thesis to the Department. In such cases, a representative of the firm must sign a release letter, a sample text of which is available at the MechE Undergraduate Office. In the latter case, a progress report is required for each term of registration.
If the work in progress is judged satisfactory by the advisor, a grade of "J" will be awarded. Unsatisfactory progress will be awarded the grade "U". Students must be registered for subject 2. ThU for the term in which the thesis is submitted. Before registering for thesis, students must complete the thesis proposal form and attach a brief paragraph summarizing the work planned.
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