Senior Thesis

Click the link above to view the handbook. This handbook should answer any questions you have as it relates to the entire thesis process (mentors, due dates, structure).
 Summer/Fall 2023

Summer Work 2023

STEM IV-Biomed
2023-2024 Biomed IV Summer Assignment 
Link to Assignment #2 (STEM IV-Biomed)

Fall 2023:
August 11 .......... Summer Assignment Due to by 11:59
August 18 .......... Paper formatting; FOSA Selection(MS Form); Partner Contract due (Sr. English)
September 8 .......... Ch. 1: Introduction; Mentor Selection Agreement Due (MS Form)
September 29 .......... Research Method Outline Due; Surveys submitted (if used);
                                    Meetings w/ English TE/FOSA completed; Writing appointment completed
October 25 .......... Ch. 2: Literature Review (15 sources)
November 28 .......... Ch. 3: Methodology or Ch. 3: Preliminary Design (Engineering/Product)
December 1 .......... Mentor meeting completed (does not include initial meeting)
December 9 .......... All experiments concluded; Writing appointment completed
                                Meetings with English Teacher/FOSA completed;
Resources you will need all year:
Website Examples and Resources

APA Home

Scientific Literature...
Reading and Analyzing this type
Open Access Journals
Narrative VS. Scientific Writing
Writing a Scientific Paper
Writing a Lab Report

Senior Thesis Website


Create a personal portfolio  (EVERYONE WILL HAVE THEIR VERY OWN WEBSITE) or similar collection of work, that illustrates mastery of skills and knowledge outlined in the previous courses and applied in the practicum. The portfolio should reflect thoughtful assessment and evaluation of the progression of work involving the application of steps of the scientific inquiry. 


Free Website Sites USE THIS FORMAT!!!

Class Example:


These are the tabs of your website ! Everyone will have the same "menu" or "tool bar" titles. Make sure that you adhere to these below...yes in this order!

  1. HOME - FIRST IMPRESSION...make a good one! This tab gets you back to the beginning no matter where you go on your webpage!
  2. ABOUT ME-  career and personal goals-next steps-"your plan", include your resume! 
  3. RESEARCH- (2 drop downs-- PAPER RESEARCH and PROJECT)-describe and list those sources that have helped with the development of your paper, review of literature!-your chapter as each is completed!
  4. PROJECT MEDIA- examples of visual materials developed and used during the course (such as graphics, drawings, models, presentation slides, videos, and demonstrations)
  5. MENTOR INFORMATION - all about your mentor
  6. QUARTERLY REFLECTIONS - journal entries reflecting on tasks and activities-see specific dates and questions below:
Quarter 1: 9/30/23 (50 pts)
1. What did you find the most challenging when selecting a topic?
2. What steps did you take to secure a mentor?
3. What action steps will you take to work on your project during the 2nd quarter?
Quarter 2: 12/06/23 (50 pts)
1. As you researched for your paper, what connections did you make between your paper topic and your project? Articulate that connection as best as possible.
2. In what way have you been communicating with your mentor? How are you staying on track with your mentor as you move towards completing the project?
3. What action steps do you need to take during 3rd quarter to finalize your project (knowing that all projects must be completed by April of 2024)? 
Quarter 3: 02/28/24 (50 pts)
1. Over the course of the year, did your project change and grow into something unexpected? Describe.                                                                                                                     2. How will you incorporate the final project/product into your presentation? What will be your visual representation(s) of the work you did throughout this year?

3. What are some of the roadblocks you've encountered in completing your project and how did you overcome those roadblocks?   

Quarter 4: 04/06/24 (50 pts)                                                                                                              1. Final personal reflection on the senior thesis project, from the beginning of selecting your topic to the final oral defense. This is a personal reflection!

Thesis Structure
Introductions/Literature Review
Hypothesis Statement
Data Analysis

PEER must complete 5 total peer reviews of an entire thesis project

Research Question and Methodology Peer Review


Presentation Advice
Website Information
Website details...see Thesis Website PDF below
STEM IV Practicum

This assignment is an individual assignment in Teams! 

Part 1

1. Research and select a company or organization for a work-based learning project in a healthcare or biotechnology area of choice (USE below for a list). Cite specific textual evidence from the organization’s literature, as well as independent news articles to summarize:

2. The mission/history of the organization-the "about us" of the company; anything that relates history
3. Headquarters and organizational structure-where are they located-how organized?
4. Products or services provided-what do they do? what do they "sell" or "provide"
5. Employment and how they are obtained and maintained-what do I need to work at the company (pick a job if you needed)

List of Healthcare and Biomedical Companies:

  • Amegen- world biotech leader
  • BioMarin - Develops and commercializes bio pharmaceuticals for serious diseases and medical conditions. 
  • CIGNA - An employee benefits company providing health, life, accident, disability, and other employee benefits. 
  • DentiMax - Offers easy-to-use, full-featured dental office software that completely integrates dental practice management. 
  • First Databank, Inc. - Offers software for pharmacies, hospitals, medical and nutrition marketplaces. 
  • HCA Inc. - HealthTrust Purchasing Group and Hospital Coporation of America is a healthcare group purchasing company. 
  • HCPro - Offers strategic information for administrative managers and leaders in hospitals. 
  • HOSA- empower HOSA-Future Health Professionals to become leaders in the global health community through education, collaboration, and experience.
  • IMS Health - A provider of business strategic consulting services for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. 
  • LifePoint - Provides health care services to non-urban communities. 
  • Medtronic - Offers a line of surgical products and instrumentation that surgeons utilize for laparoscopic, endoscopic and more. 
  • MIDAS - Helps increase patient safety, enhance patient care, and improve profitability for hospitals. 
  • Quest Diagnostics - 5 million+ people and their healthcare providers choose Quest Diagnostics. Learn how to get the insights you need to make informed medical decisions.
  • Sentara - Offers care giving sites, including acute care hospitals, outpatient care facilities, nursing centers and assisted living centers. 
  • Sound Physicians - A hospitalist company, dedicated to improving the quality and continuity of inpatient care management. 
  • Truven Health Analytics - A provider of decision support solutions that help organizations across the healthcare industry. 
  • United Healthcare - Offers health programs and access to physicians and hospitals. 
  • UnitedHealth Group - Offers specialty care programs such as vision and dental care, as well as HSAs (health savings accounts) and HRAs. 
  • MERCK committed to being the premier, research-intensive bio-pharmaceutical company
IRB Certification (Institutional Review Board)
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