(i) The student approaches a faculty member at Penn for doing research/writing a paper in a PPEsque area. PPE is able to offer little help in this matter. It largely depends on individual faculty whether they agree to advise the student. This should be done as early as possible to maximize chances of the faculty member being available.
(ii) Upon agreement by the faculty, the student lets the Associate Director of PPE know about this arrangement.
(iii) The student enrols in PPE 301 with the advisor as instructor; enrolment is done by requesting a permit from PPE. This is a 1 semester course which typically counts for a thematic concentration credit for the student. However, unless the student is graduating that semester, the student may decide to stretch the work over more than 1 semester with the permission of faculty. For example, a student may start the work in Fall, and take an incomplete and finish in spring.
(iv)The instructor/advisor needs to turn in the grades for the thesis in time (just the same as for an individual course taught by that advisor). The grade needs to be B or better. A electronic copy of the thesis needs to be presented for approval to the Associate Director (send to ppemajor@sas).
(v) The honors thesis is optional and different from the Capstone requirement.