Honors and Senior Theses in EEP


Have you thought about writing a thesis? If requirements are met, you can enroll in:

You can also apply for research funding for your thesis in the Student Initiated Portal of  SPUR.

You may start the honors thesis process anytime you have an idea and a potential professor or graduate student as an advisor. The Honors requirement is two semesters of honors and you can choose how to take those two semesters In EEP Honors we  would recommend you start the senior thesis and or honors'  process after or in the semester you are taking EEP 118. Having that class opens up empirical approaches in theses research questions and methods with policy implications!

File Advice on Getting Started, Formulating a Research Question, Data Empirical Strategies

ARE Link to Data sets and Papers in our subject library page. 

Check out the writing services at the Student Learning Center


Congrats to our Spring Honors Students in the EEP Major!

Congratulations to Peter Flo Grinde-Hollevik (advised by Professor Duncan Callaway) and Lanie Goldberg (advised by Professor Sofia Villas-Boas) for receiving the Melis Medal for Spring 2024 in Social Sciences!


Watch the video of the afternoon of Spring 2022 May 6th featuring EEP honors students HERE, the Entire symposium for Spring 2021 Day 1 featuring EEP HERE, and Fall 2020 HERE


For information on the Melis Medal read HERE


A Sample of EEP Alumni Honors' Thesis

  • Scott Kaplan. 2014. "Alternative Crop Adoption: A Study from Cote d'Ivoire,"  PRESENTATION (mentor David Zilberman, ARE)
  • Natalie Mezaki. 2017. "Using Econometrics to Test the Effects of Environmental Injustice on Performance in School" THESISPRESENTATION (mentor: Brian Wright, ARE)
  • Sophie Andrews. 2018. "Temperature Response in U.S. Electricity Demand, an Investigation into Adaptive Preferences," PRESENTATION (mentor: James Sallee, ARE) Melis Medalist.
  • Ryan Saraie. 2018. "Impacts of the California Solar Initiative on Solar Energy Adoption" THESIS (mentor: Meredith Fowlie) Melis Medalist.
  • Tyler Jacobson.  2019. " Estimating Willingness to Pay for Cleaner Air" VIDEO, THESIS (mentors David Card, Economics;  Sofia B. Villas-Boas, ARE).  Melis Medalist.
  • Kipper Berven.  2020. "The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act's Impact on Ground Water Withdrawal in the Sacramento Hydrologic Region,"  THESIS (mentors Sofia B. Villas-Boas, ARE; Ellen Bruno, ARE).
  • Ryan Andresen,  2020. "Does Drought Surcharge Pricing Induce Water Conservation?" THESIS (mentor Sofia Villas-Boas, ARE).
  • Xinyue Gao, 2020. "Analysis of Factors Influencing Organic Consumption Among Young Adults in California" THESIS (mentor Sofia Villas-Boas, ARE).
  • Ariana Jessa, 2020. "Exploring Climate Change Adaptation Pathways for the Guna Yala in San Blas, Panama." PDF icon Thesis,  PDF icon PRESENTATION (mentor Sofia Villas-Boas, ARE)
  • Jerry Zhu, 2020. "A State on Fire: Effect of California Wildfire on Perceived Risks and Home Values." PDF icon Thesis,  PDF icon PRESENTATION (mentor Sofia Villas-Boas, ARE) Melis Medalist.
  • Yanling Liu, 2020. "Bioplastic(Petrochemical Plastic Substitutes): Price Burden and Path to Cost Reduction." PDF icon PRESENTATION (mentor Brian Wright, ARE)
  • Yeeun Moon, 2021. "Has Drug Production in Mexico Contributed to Deforestation?"  PDF icon PRESENTATION (mentor James Sayre, ARE) Melis Medalist.
  • Jackie Copfer, 2021. "Impact of COVID-19 Outbreaks at US MEat packing plants on Consumer Preferences for Safe Essential Worker Conditions: Evidence from Discrete Choice Analysis," PDF icon THESIS. (mentor Sofia VillasBoas, ARE)
  • Nica Campbell, 2021. "The COVID-19 Pandemic: Impact on Consumers' environmental Conciousness and Food Choices in  California," PDF icon THESIS (mentor Sofia Villas-Boas ARE)
  • Ellie Kroskrity, 2022.  EEP Sofia Villas-Boas, ARE Examining the Impact of Native American Welfare Policies on Socioeconomic Well-Being: Evidence from the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, PDF icon PRESENTATION
  • Tilak Misner, 2022, EEP Katherine Wagner, ARE The impact of corporate emission disclosures on emission reductions, PDF icon PRESENTATION
  • Mark Braun, 2022, EEP Sofia Villas-Boas, ARE Pollution and Fatal Traffic Accidents in California from 1999-2019, PDF icon PRESENTATION