The purpose of writing a MS thesis is to give insight into a research question or body of data. It is also to provide evidence the student's ability to carry out independent biostatistical investigation and to present the results in clear and systematic form. Under the guidance of an advisor and second reader, all MS students must perform biostatistics research and write a thesis. Students typically begin work on their thesis in the Autumn quarter of ther second year. Students should consider potential thesis advisors and topics starting in the first year of their graduate program.