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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.”
When Laura E. Donohue ’85 found out that the paper supplier Crane and Company was discontinuing the type of paper used by many students to print their theses, she knew she had to make a phone call.
Ever listen to a senior explain his or her thesis and think, there’s no way in hell you can write 70 pages about that? Use your sleuthing skills to guess which of these thesis titles could have won a Hoopes Prize, and which are simply FM’s comic gold.
Folklore and mythology recently joined English; literature; studies of women, gender, and sexuality; and visual and environmental studies in offering some concentrators the option of working on a creative project as a senior thesis.
The prize for the very best thesis in the Harvard senior class went to two students this year, one who proposed ways to address cholera epidemics in Haiti for her thesis and another who wrote a collection of poems.
Eighty-one students won Harvard’s highest honor for undergraduate writing, the Hoopes Prize, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences announced on Thursday.
Carla Ferreira reflects on her poetry thesis and shares three poems selected from her work.
Fredericksen reflects on his thesis, a translation of a Latin ode, and shares his translation of Horace's Ode 3.13.
Matt Aucoin reflects on writing his poetry thesis and shares two poems from his work, including one set to music.
Sam Chalsen reflects on writing his screenwriting thesis and shares a scene from his screenplay.