Honors Theses as International Scholarship


As mentioned in an earlier post about Washington and Lee’s honors theses, access to some online theses is restricted to current members of the W&L community.

But things can change.

Within a month of posting the 2015 honors theses to the W&L Digital Archive, we received a request for one thesis with limited access. The thesis in question was GeoEye-1 Multispectral Satellite Imagery Classification:  An Accurate Method for Identifying Populations of Acropora spp. Corals Prior to a Field Study , the product of honors research in the Department of Geology by 2015 graduate James F. Busch.   The request arrived as follows: “I would like to request this file on behalf of the Coral Restoration Foundation International.  We are managing coral nursery programs in Bonaire, Mustique, Curacao, Jamaica, and Colombia, and it would be helpful to have better ways to identify healthy Acropora colonies.  Thank you.”

Student work in W&L’s Digital Archive is being found and used!  The student (now alumnus) author, James F. Busch, has since allowed us to make this item freely available to this foundation and other researchers around the world.

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2015 Honors Theses and More


The Washington and Lee University Digital Archive recently added W&L’s 2015 graduating seniors’ honors theses to its collections.

Honors work is described in the University Catalog as “featuring a special profundity and intensity, and characterized by a close rapport between student and mentor, the honors programs are designed as an enrichment opportunity for students who demonstrate superior aptitude and self-discipline in the pursuit of their major study.”   The final thesis reflects “six credits (no more, no less) of independent work, such as a significant report based upon field or laboratory research, a creative accomplishment in the arts, or a comparable scholarly undertaking, demonstrating more than simply a mastery of subject matter.”

Here is a direct link to the 29 honors theses in the 2015 collection:  https://repository.wlu.edu/handle/11021/26989/browse?value=2015&type=alldates

Some of these theses are freely available online to all users, some are accessible online only to W&L researchers, while still others may be available only in printed form in Leyburn Library’s Special Collections.

Other new additions to the Digital Archive include 2015 Latin American and Caribbean Studies capstone posters and 2005-2015 Phi Beta Kappa convocation programs .


The entire W&L Digital Archive is accessible through the University Library Web site.