The senior thesis capstone project is a fitting conclusion to an academic career at Penn State. Students are empowered to choose a project that interests them, and then set their own research goals and schedule.

This has both advantages and disadvantages. There is a risk that topics chosen to research will not pan out, and other topics may need to be found. But there is also the opportunity to do further study when a research topic has exciting aspects that were not initially seen.

Thus, instead of pursuit of dry data and fixed answers, the senior thesis capstone project can serve as an exciting exploration of a building's hidden secrets.

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