1b. Literature-based Thesis

The Literature-based Master of Science Thesis in Pharmacology and Toxicology does not require that the student perform original laboratory research and prepare a written thesis based on this work.  In lieu of laboratory research activities, the student will complete, under the supervision of a faculty advisor, a formal research proposal whose ideas derive from the literature.

The literature thesis for the M.S. degree will require the student to research the literature on a topic selected in conjunction with their academic advisor and write a literature-based research thesis. The student is free to use properly cited published data as preliminary data that supports their original and creative ideas to address a gap or controversy in the literature in a hypothesis-driven approach that is covered in 2-3 specific aims of the thesis.  This task can be undertaken after completing 26 credit hours in the program and should be performed in the final semester of the program. The grading of this thesis focuses on standard criteria used in judging independent research proposals. These include the significance of the work, its potential impact and innovation to the field, outlining of a solid experimental approach that enables the testing of hypotheses that will provide definitive and interpretable answers that can be used to advance the field. You will work with your KU mentor to write the thesis proposal. The proposal will undergo review by a three member committee composed of the advisor and two additional faculty members and graded on specific points related to the technical aspects of the writing, scientific and intellectual content and the depth, quality, creativity and feasibility of experiments outlined. If the thesis is not found suitable for a passing grade, the student will receive specific comments and have a least 1 month to address the criticisms and resubmit the proposal. Once accepted, the student will present a final oral defense of the work via video conference to the department and committee. Following the public presentation, the student will then answer questions from the advisory committee.

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