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Junior Thesis Workshop

Join us for the series of workshops designed to help juniors with the process of formulating a thesis topic, tackling research questions, and elaborating grant proposals for summer thesis research. In vibrant sessions led by CES graduate affiliates, students develop a set of skills instrumental for writing a successful senior thesis.

Hannah Boone Callaway and Michael Tworek will lead the Junior Thesis Workshops in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Junior Thesis Workshops

  • 2017-2018 Schedule

    Introductory Meeting: What is a Senior Thesis?

    Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 6:00 - 7:00 pm, Hoffmann Room

    This session will address questions such as the scope, the purpose, and the structure of the senior thesis. It will focus on strategies for developing a good topic (finding a manageable and interesting question and case selection) as well as finding an advisor. It will also look into research resources available at Harvard (navigating Hollis, e-resources, reference works, document collections) and will include an introduction by a Harvard librarian.

    Research Resources at Harvard. Seeking Advisers and Recommendation Letters

    Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 6:00 - 7:00 pm, Hoffmann Room

    This session will help you learn about Harvard Library resources for conducting research on Europe, about the proper etiquette and timeline in asking for letters of recommendation, and about how to find a proper thesis adviser for your thesis project.


    Friday, November 17, 2017 - 1:00 - 5:00 pm, Hoffmann Room

    Successful CES grant recipients from last year will present the research they did over the summer. All those interested in applying for CES summer research grants are highly encouraged to attend as many presentations as possible.

    How to Write a Winning Proposal

    Spring, TBA

    • Are you hoping to secure funding from Harvard for summer thesis research? Get a jump start on the Feb. 10th deadline with this workshop. We will outline the structure of a successful proposal, provide budgeting tips, and offer real-world samples of winning proposals. Students who attend the workshop will also be able to sign up for office hours to have their proposals reviewed one-on-one.
    • Please note this will be a longer session than our usual hour-long meetings.
    • RSVP to Hannah Callaway at

    Research Methodologies

    Spring, TBA

    • This seminar, split into two sessions, will cover methods in archival and interview-based research. This will be a great chance to solidify your research question and mode of inquiry at an early stage of your thesis research.
    • RSVP to Hannah Callaway at

    Research, Traveling, and Living in Europe

    Spring, TBA

    • Geared towards students who are conducting research this summer in Europe, we will provide tips and answer questions for how to navigate various cities and archives in Europe.
    • RSVP to Hannah Callaway at