Capstone Day 2024 Highlights Senior Theses

For the past 17 years, Scripps’ Capstone Day event at the end of the spring semester has served to celebrate the research and hard work that graduating seniors have dedicated to their theses and final projects in pursuit of their degrees.

This year’s Capstone Day on May 2 was made available by Zoom in addition to its in-person sessions.

“As in years past, this Capstone Day was a wonderful event highlighting the remarkable accomplishments of our graduating seniors,” says Associate Dean of Faculty Warren Liu. “For the seniors, it’s a chance to share their research projects with the Scripps community and with each other. For students, faculty, staff, friends, and family in attendance, it not only provides an opportunity to learn about these impressive projects, but equally importantly, serves as a welcoming and inclusive venue where we can come together to recognize and celebrate the students who produced them.”

The 79 theses spanned 20 disciplines and covered a wide range of topics including the long-term harm that overincarceration does to the reproductive capacity of affected populations, the impact of light intensity on the hunting patterns of wolf spiders, the consequences of the criminalization of homelessness in Los Angeles, and the effects of hospital mergers.

The presentations were conducted inside the Edwards Humanities Building. Senior art theses are exhibited at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery’s Double Take senior art exhibition, which runs until May 11 and features digital illustration, drawing, painting, ceramic sculpture, mixed media, and more.