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Thesis Workshops


Dr. Fred Scharf is a Professor of Fisheries Biology in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Scharf obtained his:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology from SUNY Stony Brook
  • M.Sc. and PhD. degrees in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Dr. Scharf has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in since arriving at UNCW in 2003:

  • Biodiversity
  • Fisheries science
  • Biostatistics
  • Fish population dynamics

His research interests has been focused on the ecology and population biology of estuarine and marine fishes, including predator-prey dynamics, migration ecology and sources of mortality. He has served as chair for more than 20 Honors students, and as a committee member for 25+ additional students.

He has also mentored a large number of students participating in directed individual studies projects. Nearly all of his honors students have presented their work at a professional conference and several have authored or co-authored peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Ethan Watson is an associate professor of finance in the Economics and Finance Department in the Cameron School of Business. Dr. Watson has the following degrees:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Mississippi State University
  • MSHA & MBA from the University of Alabama Birmingham
  • Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Mississippi

Dr. Watson has taught several finance courses and also teaches HON 120: A Survey of Business Research. His research interests lay in the field of market microstructure, which examines the fine detail of trading in financial assets such as stocks and bonds.

He has chaired or served as a committee member in numerous honors theses. With his colleagues, he has started an honors research group in Cameron that encourages students to get involved in undergraduate research.

Dr. Erica Noles is a full-time lecturer in the Psychology Department. She is an UNCW alumnus (’04 BA and ’07 MA) and focuses on getting students actively engaged in the learning process.

She teaches a 4-credit senior capstone course in psychology, and has experience teaching research methods. Both classes require students to:

  • Develop a research project
  • Conduct a literature search
  • Create a survey
  • Collect
  • Analyze data
  • Write a full research project that is revised throughout the semester

This experience, plus sitting on numerous honors thesis committees, helps her see where students struggle with scientific writing and APA formatting. These APA workshops are focused on learning through examples and actively incorporating the resources she has created to become a more skilled writer. Students can use their time to focus on the content of their projects instead of feeling anxious about formatting when understanding these rules and skills.

Dr. Sue Richardson is a senior lecturer in the Department of Film Studies. She holds:

  • A bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Akron
  • An MA in English from The Ohio State University where she became interested in film studies
  • A Ph.D. in English from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Her research and teaching interests include American studies, film studies, film rhetoric and popular culture.

In addition to offering a variety of courses about film authors, film genres, and film criticism,

She has written about film rhetoric and film in terms of comparative studies and offered a variety of courses in film authors, genres and criticism.

She serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Popular Culture and has served on the editorial board for the 3rd edition of Bernard F. Dick's seminal text Anatomy of Film. For the Honors program, she regularly teaches courses about the connections among film, popular culture and cuisine.

Recent HON 120 Enrichment Seminars that she offered were:

  • Sizzling Hot Cinema
  • Disney, Food and Self Discovery
  • Film, Food and Spectacle

Dr. Richardson has chaired or served on many honors thesis committees and inaugurated the Honors Cafe workshop series with an honors colleague.