After spending the summer researching around the world, 17 seniors presented their findings at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs’ undergraduate thesis conference last Thursday and Friday.
I’d been told to “swim” in the intellectual environment, to identify with the author and his sources, rather than scoop out what I wanted with my usual external and surgical precision.
Twenty seniors are pursuing creative writing theses through the English department this year, double the number of students who wrote a creative writing thesis in 2013.
Twenty seniors are currently working on creative theses—double the number of students who wrote them in 2013.
Moiya McTier is a joint concentrator in two of the most different fields from one another: Astrophysics and Folklore & Mythology.
Most Harvard seniors edit, toil over, and finally turn in their theses in a communal flurry in the weeks leading up to spring break and Housing Day each spring. But for the College’s off-cycle seniors, the affair is less standardized and a bit more lonely, they say.
Veronica Wickline ’16, a history concentrator, presents her thesis topic on empowered widows in the Late Roman Empire at the Senior Thesis Writers’ Conference on Thursday afternoon in the basement of Robinson Hall.
As hard as it is to research an obscure thesis topic for months and write it up in a meager 100 or so pages, titling said thesis is likely the hardest part of the whole endeavor. The more esoteric the topic, the more amusing the title (we assume). FM scoured Lamont’s shelves to find the most entertaining humanities thesis titles. We threw in a few of our own creations just to keep you on your toes. Happy guessing! And if you wrote one of these...Well, you’ve got at least one question right by default!
The annual grant seeks to award students for “promoting, improving, and enhancing the quality of education...in literary, artistic, musical, scientific, historical, or other academic subject,” according to the Hoopes prize website.
According to faculty and staff from several departments, requiring or suggesting prospective thesis writers to draft proposals can help them develop their topics and planning summer research.
Athena P. Bowe ’15 presents her senior thesis in Quincy House on Wednesday evening entitled, “Changing the Channel: A Study of Audience Reception and Identity Formation of University Students in Shanghai.”
Visual and Environmental Studies Concentrator Samuel H. Rashba ’15 works on his senior thesis in a VES studio on Wednesday. His thesis is an installation based on the novel “The Shadow of the Wind."