Wondering what you should be doing? Here's a TIMELINE to help you keep on track. It's written as if you are in BRR for 4 years, graduating in spring term of your fourth year. If you transfer in some time after your first year, your timeline will be more condensed. See the adviser!

Also note: some students do their mentor search and start research early in their third year. And, many students like to do a lot of their research during summer term.

BRR Student Timeline (link to downloadable PDF)

First year  

Term     Action     

1           Take BRR100.
1-3        Meet with advisor at least once a term.
1-3        Start taking core science classes
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Second year 

Term     Action      

1-3        Meet with advisor at least once a term.
1-3        Continue with core classes.
2           Take BRR200.
3           Read about BRR options.
3           Start to identify research interests.
3           Prepare resume.
3           Begin mentor search: Discuss mentors with BRR advisor.
3           Meet with potential mentors.   
3           Identify research mentor.
3           Tentatively identify research project, option, and option courses.
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Third year   

Term     Action   

1           Hold initial project meeting.
1           Write and turn in research project proposal.
1           Turn in list of option courses.
1-3        Sign up for research credits and begin research.
1-3        Meet with advisor at least once a term.      
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Late third year            Write and turn in progress report             
or early fourth year   
Hold progress meeting

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Fourth year   

Term     Action   

1-3        Meet with advisor at least once a term.
1          Take BRR409
2          Take BRR406   
3          Sign up for BRR403 (thesis) and BRR407 (Seminar)   
3          Complete all research (14 credits total)   
3          Start writing thesis.
3          Attend thesis meetings with Director.
3          Schedule final seminar (for no later than the Friday before Dead Week--earlier is better)

Three weeks before    Submit draft thesis to mentor
final seminar

Two weeks before      Get edited thesis back from mentor
final seminar

One week before       Submit thesis to committee           
final seminar

By Friday before       Give final seminar and "defense".      
dead week

By Wednesday of      Obtain mentors' and director’s signatures     
exam week              on title page and turn in final thesis to advisor

VERY IMPORTANT: HONORS COLLEGE HAS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT DEADLINES AND REQUIREMENTS!

If you are in Honors College, it's your responsibility to find the Honors College information and meet their deadlines.

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