The senior thesis represents the culmination of a Regents student's education--the good person speaking well. This thesis is a twenty minute presentation, followed by a challenging twenty minutes of question and answer on a controversial and scholarly topic. The senior thesis, delivered and defended after final exams in the spring, is a required component of Regents School of Austin. Each thesis should reflect critical thinking skills, in-depth research, excellence in presentation style, and an ability to communicate effectively both from a manuscript and in a give-and-take exchange. Topics vary widely.