With respect to the requirements of your institution, undergraduate students may need a thesis to graduate. In some institutions, the thesis is optional, and students can chose between an exam or a thesis.
If you should be a fresh university professor, you may give overly ambitious topics to your undergraduate thesis students. Attempt to place yourself in their shoes before you try to simply plug a student in just one of your research projects. While I do think including undergraduate these students in research projects can be extremely beneficial (for the project and for the student), you can’t simply shove off part of your quest to an undergraduate student. (more…)