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Marina Chen ’15, shown speaking in the Science Center, is due to finish her thesis by next Thursday. Her writing explores the effectiveness of policies that limit individual choice with the intent of helping people make better decisions.
Katharine D. D’Orazio’15, a psychology concentrator with an economic secondary, is due to submit her thesis next Thursday. Her research centers on how visual and verbal cognitive processing affects the decision-making process.
After a year-long preparation, thesis writers are pulling their final all-nighters in advance of the coming deadlines.
Hist. and Lit. concentrators will celebrate submitting senior theses on Friday with champagne, cookies, and camaraderie.
Harvard undergraduates were honored for their outstanding scholarly work or research, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences announced Thursday.
Mallory J. Weiss '15 is writing an original play for her creative thesis.
Mariel N. Pettee '14 is composing a dance piece examining the Higgs boson particle.
The work produced by undergraduates who are awarded creative theses varies widely with regard to medium as well as subject matter. But these students are united by a belief that creative work is just as valid a way of demonstrating scholarly excellence as critical work.
Throughout the month of March, seniors across campus will breathe sighs of relief as they press “save” for the last time on their theses. As these students finish up the final touches on their papers, FM takes a moment to look back at the theses of some notable alumni and their choice of research topics. Not surprisingly, many of these now-famous former seniors wrote about topics that give us a glimpse of who they became. So, read on to learn more about the stars.
Here are some gems that reflect the best of what the blog has to offer—divided into categories of “way too real” and “good luck with that....”
A recently unearthed 2009 Ph.D. dissertation approved by Harvard Kennedy School faculty has drawn strong criticism for its assertion that low-IQ individuals—a demographic that the author says is disproportionately Hispanic or of other non-white or non-Asian ethnicities—should be restricted from immigrating to the United States because they lack “raw cognitive ability or intelligence.”
The winning projects, most of which were senior theses, were selected from a pool of nominations by students’ faculty supervisors. Hoopes winners are awarded $4,000 each and their nominators receive $1,000.
“It was a totally ordinary Tuesday night,” said John. “I was watching seasons two through five of ‘The Office’ on Netflix, and suddenly my roommates came in, all excited. They were way happier than I’ve seen them in months. It was weird.”