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Successful completion of the Honors Program will include an oral presentation at the Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium, a successful oral thesis defense, and an approved thesis as well as the completion of the required course work for the major. The student fulfilling these requirements will graduate "With Honors in Environmental Studies." The decision whether or not the student will be approved to convert their fall semester seminar or independent study project to an honors project in the spring semester and continue in the ES Honors Program by enrolling in ES 484 will be made at the end of the first semester. In cases where requirements for Honors have not been fulfilled at the end of the spring semester, ES 484 (Honors Research) will revert to a graded ES 492 (Independent Study).
Honors Application Procedure
Dates and Deadlines for Honors in Environmental Studies
Spring Semester - Junior Year
Fall Semester - Senior Year
Spring Semester - Senior Year
Colby Undergraduate Research Symposium:
Preparation of Thesis Copies
Important note: The formatting guidelines are important. Please review with your thesis advisors. ES Policy students should have their thesis formatting reviewed by Lia Morris prior to final printing. ES Science students should have their thesis formatting reviewed by Abby Pearson prior to final printing.
Before departing campus please submit six original copies of the honors thesis to the ES Program Director for archiving in the Colby library (2), ES Program records (1), ES Seminar Room (1), Thesis sponsor (1), and Honors student (1). The Library will send thesis materials to the bindery for permanent binding. Also, please submit two CDs each containing all of your thesis files as a Word document and a complete document as a pdf. One of these CDs will be kept by the ES Program and one will be sent to the library for electronic archiving.
Fill out a copyright and agreement form: http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/studentsubmit.html, which will make this thesis accessible, via DigitalCommons@Colby, to the Colby College community and/or, if you so choose, make it available outside of the college, retrievable through the Internet and allow the thesis to be circulated at the Library.
Library Access and Thesis Use: Theses are cataloged and listed in the Colby Library Catalog. One copy will reside in Special Collections with a circulating copy available in the general stacks.
Library Photocopy Policy: Special Collections acknowledges that the intellectual rights for each Honors Thesis remain with the author. However, the act of depositing these materials with Special Collections indicates a willingness by the author to share her/his work with the Colby community and with the general public.
Past Honors and Senior Scholars Projects
Blair Braverman ('11)
State Leadership in Safer Chemicals Policy: Lessons from California, Maine, Minnesota and Washington
Rachel Baron ('11)
Buffernomics: Assessing willingness to pay for lake conservation in North Pond and East Pond
Kimberly Bittler ('11)
Zooplankton of the Belgrade Lakes: The influences of top-down and bottom-up forces in family abundance
John Abbett (‘10)
Ian McCullough (‘10)
Lindsay Driess (‘09).
An Identification and Assessment of Human-Carnivore Conflict Hotspots and Large Carnivore Policy Implications in the United States
Patrick Roche ('09).
Factors Influencing Conservation Success or Failure in Tiger Range States
Charles Carroll ('08).
Separating People and Wildlife: Zoning as a Conservation Strategy for Large Carnivores
Jamie O'Connell ('08).
Using Variable Stomatal Sensitivity to CO2 in Conifers to Reconstruct Ancient Atmospheres and Predict Future Implications of Climate Change
Katie Himmelmann ('07)
"Be the Change You Wish to See: National Attitudes and Climate Change Policy". A co-authored paper (with her mentor Tom Tietenberg) based on this project with the new title "Do differences in attitudes explain differences in national climate change polices?" has been accepted for publication in Ecological Economics in 2007.
Alexandra Jospe ('06)
Energy Use Patterns and Potential Areas for Energy Conservation in Dorm Rooms at Colby College.
Hilary Langer ('06)
Environmental Awareness of Waterville Junior High Students.
Jessica Beetz ('05)
The Transboundary Implications of Wolf Reintroduction and Recovery in Maine
Allison Stewart ('05)
Estimating the Impact of State Policy Incentives on Wind Power Development.
For a summary, click here.
Catherine S. Benson ('02)
Local Participation as a Determinant of Success in World Bank Environmental Projects in Africa: What is the Evidence?
Jacob A. Mentlik ('02)
The Private Forest Periphery: Industrial Colonization of the Maine Woods.
Sharon K. Lee ('02)
The Impact of Socio-Economic Status on Hazardous Waste Cleanup in Maine.
Katie Wasik ('01),
Corporate Interests and International Environmental Negotiations: The Kyoto Protocol to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Johanna Reardon ('00)
Is Radical Environmental Activism Effective: A Look At Forestry Protests in the United States.
Abby Campbell ('00),
Marketable Permit Systems: Is there a Recipe for Success?
Amanda Carucci ('00)
Analysis of Environmental Effects of Economic Sanctions though the Cuban Experience.