The culmination of a Museum and Field Studies student's program is the Master's thesis or project. The thesis may be of research, expository, critical or creative nature, and typically focuses on a more traditionally academic topic related to museum work. A project should be an original development of materials, procedures, programs, or other practical information relevant to the student's specialty discipline and intended for direct museum application.

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M.S. Thesis Requirements
M.S. Project Requirements

Please discuss whether you are interested in a thesis or project with your prospective advisor before applying to the program.

What Topics Do Students Study?

Following is a list of the Project and Thesis titles submitted to the graduate school over the past several years. An all-inclusive list of titles is available in the Museum and Field Studies office.

2018 Graduates

  • Andrea Blaser, Space Assessments for Museum Collections Planning (project)
  • Emma Noffsinger, Preparing Collections for Consultation (project)
  • Reid Sweetkind, Phenomenon-based Curriculum in a Mammals Kit for Fourth Grade Classrooms (project)
  • Tara Templeman, New Earliest Paleocene (Puercan) Multituberculates from the China Butte Member of the Fort Union Formation, Great Divide Basin, Wyoming (thesis)

2017 Graduates

  • Clint Hofeldt, Master's Project: An Interpretive Plan for the University of Colorado's Mountain Research Station (project)
  • Sarah Robertson, Additional Perspectives: Creating a Kit for the Mathematical Exploration of Art (project)

2016 Graduates

  • Jesse Dutton-Kenny, Preserving Ethnographic Basketry Collections (project)
  • Kerrie Iyoob, Evaluating Microclimates Within Fluctuating Environments in Museum Collections (project)
  • Nicole Ridgwell, Rare Direct Evidence of Angiosperm Consumption by Dinosaurs Based on Coprolites from the Kaiparowits Formation of Utah (thesis)

2015 Graduates

  • Jacquelyn Bonavia, Preparing Private Antiquities Collections for Museum Acquisition: The Gell-Mann Pottery Collection Case Study (project)
  • Elisa Dahlberg, A New Earliest Paleocene (Puercan) Fauna from the Denver Formation in Colorado's Denver Basin (thesis)
  • Marcus Espinosa, An Analysis of Basketmaker III Seed Jar Ratios for the Basketmaker Communities Project (project)
  • Meredith George, Accountability and Transparency in Nonprofit Campaigns: A Case Study on the Museum of Science Boston (thesis)
  • Alissa Gigliotti, East of the Divide: The Native Fishes of Colorado, An Exhibit Plan (project)
  • Antonette Hrycyk, Visitor Interpretation of Gender Within a History Museum Exhibition (thesis)
  • Emily Lannoye, A New Middle Paleocene Mammalian Fauna from the Fort Union Formation, Great Divide Basin, Wyoming (thesis)
  • Keelin MacCarthy, Remember Each Snowflake: Creating a Process for Program Development (project)
  • Aubrie Reed, A Study of School Group Social Interaction at the History Colorado Center (thesis)
  • Alison Vitkus, Unusual, Fossiliferous, Concretions from the Lower Jurassic Moenave Formation in St. George, Utah, USA: Implications for Ancient Fish Mass Mortalities (thesis)
  • Lindsay Walker, Diversity of Eocene Coleoptera in Colorado During a Global Cooling Event (thesis)
  • Katherine Wolfson, Citizen Science: A Tool for Scientific, Discovery and Influencing Science Attitudes in Museums (thesis)

2014 Graduates

  • Richard Levy, Dispersal Potential Impacts Size Clines of Grasshoppers Across an Elevation Gradient (thesis)
  • Katherine McComas, A New Puercan Arctocyonid Genus from the Great Divide Basin, Wyoming (thesis)
  • Alison Seeberger, Museum Volunteers 2.0: Examining Motivation in the Era of Citizen Science (thesis)

 2013 Graduates

  • Danielle Forte, An Interactive Colorado House Spider Identification Guide (project)
  • Jessica Holm, Intergenerational Groups & Emerging Science: How Can Museums Facilitate Learning? (thesis)
  • Kayla Kramer, OBJECT BIOGRAPHIES: A Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara Nation Buckskin and Quillwork Outfit, a Nez Perce Woman's Buckskin Dress, a Ramos Polychrome Jar, and a Navajo Man's Military Style-Jacket (thesis)
  • Karen Malone, The Who, What, Why, How, & When of Accessible Hands-On Programming: A Guidebook for Museum & Informal Educators (project)
  • Chistine McClellan, An Assessment of Student Exhibitions for the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History; the University of Colorado at Chimney Rock & the Archaeoastronomy of Chimney Rock (project)
  • Robert Rutherford, Past the Edge of the Canvas: A Holistic Approach to Creating Educational Web Content (project)
  • Sarah Snow, Memories of GAMES: Exploring the Long-Term Impacts of After-School Museum Programming on Girls' Attitudes Towards Science (thesis)
  • Deborah Wagner, Mamallian Body Size Change During the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming (thesis)

2012 Graduates

  • Rachel Asquith, Factors Predicting Visitor Satisfaction in U.S. Museums (thesis)
  • Irina Fartushnikova, Cultural Representation in Museums: Assessing Changes in Museum Practice in Representation of Native American Cultures and Their Impact on Museum Visitors (thesis)
  • Taormina Lepore, Tissue-bearing Theropod Coprolites from the Laramie Formation (Maastrichtian) of Colorado (project)
  • Gillian McGinnis, Ceramics and Visitor Evaluations Project Summary (project)
  • Jennifer Seitz, Small Wonders: Developing a Beetle Exhibit (project)
  • Claire Wilbert, NAGPRA Consultation Workshop (project)
  • Kathryn Zullo, Engaging Senior Citizens at the CU Museum of Natural History (project)

2011 Graduates

  • Michael Poltenovage, Colorado Museum of Natural History Paleoasys Collections Management System User Manual (project)
  • Heather Robeson, An Observational Biodiversity Database for the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History (thesis)
  • Janell Thoene, Taphonomy of Insects from the Florissant Formation, Colorado (thesis)
  • Rhonda Wright, Setting the Standard: Creating an Archival Databasing Protocol Based on the Earl H. Morris Papers at the CUMNH (project)