The thesis is one of the most significant parts of the curriculum and students use it as an opportunity to leave their mark in the field of their choosing. The thesis aims to develop students’ research skills as academics and apply the coursework they’ve completed to real world issues. During a student’s first year in the program they will work with their faculty advisor to develop a topic and the methods for which they will gather and analyze data. In the second year, they will dive into the process of analyzing and writing their thesis. SMEA thesis topics vary widely among students and we encourage them to push the limits of what Marine & Environmental Affairs means to them and the world.