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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Thesis requirements

Thesis projects will be limited to a small number of students who are selected by a supervising faculty member. Thesis research will be conducted during the fall and winter semesters and you should commit a minimum of nine hours per week towards this research. You may also complete all or part of your research during the summer; however, any work completed during the summer must be done in addition to any paid work you complete for your supervisor.*

Before the end of the first semester you will submit a written progress report to your supervisor. Registration in the second course is contingent on a satisfactory grade in the progress report. A failing grade means you will not be able to continue with the thesis project and must register for a directed studies course instead.

You will submit a final written thesis on your project before the end of the winter semester. At the end of the semester there will be a symposium where you will present your work to faculty members and your peers. If you don’t submit a thesis you will receive a fail (F). Requests for special consideration must be submitted to the Academic Advisor's office. Extensions for submission may be granted under exceptional circumstances.

*Students who will work with a senior lab instructor must complete their research during the summer semester.