Graduate Program

MFS Graduate Program - Theses and Projects

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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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 three years. An all-inclusive list of titles is available in the Museum and Field Studies office.

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)

 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)