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ES Students Honors Research
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). See the ES Honors Requirement page for further information.
Undergraduate Research Symposium
The Honors Program students present their research during the annual undergraduate Research Symposium.
Past Honors and Senior Scholar Projects
The ES Program is proud of the research undertaken by our honors students. The faculty are committed to helping the students achieve the best research possible, from research design to final production. You can access these thesis online through the Colby Digital Commons.
Michael Stephens ('13)
Climate Change and Epizootic Shell Disease in American Lobsters: Is Maine's Most Valuable Fishery Doomed?
Virginia Keesler ('13)
Conservation Easement Policies Across New England
Larissa Lee ('13)
Factors Influencing National Park Establishment: Cases to Inform the Maine North Woods
Kaitlyn Bernard ('13)
Metallic Mineral Mining in Maine
Sally Homes ('13)
Managing the Global Aquarium Trade
Daniel Homeier ('12)
Cameras, Satellites, and Surveys: A Multi-Platform Approach to Monitoring Lake Conservation Behavior
Anna Leavitt ('12)
From Pond to Pump: Microalgae as a Feedstock for Biodiesel
Yiyuan "Jasmine" Qin ('12)
Reintroduction of the South China Tiger: Lessons, Assessments, and Implications
Blair Braverman ('11)
The one that carries you away. Environmental essays
Kimberly Bittler ('11)
Zooplankton of the Belgrade Lakes: The Influence of Top-Down and Bottom-Up forces in Family Abundance
Sophie Sarkar ('11)
Buffernomics: Assessing willingness to pay for lake conservation on North Pond and East Pond
Rachel Baron ('11)
Biomass Energy at Colby College
Michelle Russell ('11)
State Leadership in Safer Chemicals Policy: Lessons from California, Maine, Minnesota, and Washington
Ian McCullough (‘10)
The Impacts of Land Use and Development Patterns on Water Quality of the Belgrade Lakes
John Abbett (‘10)
Achieving Carbon Neutrality at Colby College through Carbon Offsets
Lindsay Driess (‘09).
Protecting Maine's Mammals: A Model of Human Footprint and Biodiversity in the North Woods
You can find many of these works in the Colby Digital Commons.