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Thesis Workshop for Juniors

Eliza Ennis, Sara Bobok, Bella Roussanov and Aidan Connaughton (left to right) presented their preliminary research at the CES Senior Thesis Conference in December 2018.

For Harvard College students interested in writing on a Europe-focused topic, the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) offers a series of workshops to guide them through the process.

Writing a senior thesis can be a daunting task. The valuable sessions are designed to build fundamental skills for writing a successful thesis, offer a chance to learn from seniors completing their projects, and are led by Sally Hayes and Michael Tworek. Topics include:

  • Formulating a thesis topic
  • Managing research and leveraging Harvard’s resources
  • Identifying advisers
  • Developing and applying effective research methodologies
  • Creating an organized and substantive proposal

All sessions are open to Harvard College students, preferably Juniors, irrespective of geographic- or subject-area focus. For a schedule of the sessions see below.

Need more information or want to sign up for sessions? Contact the CES Thesis Workshop Organizers.

Thesis Workshop Schedule (2020-2021)

All sessions will be virtual and require pre-registration.

Fall 2020

Session 1: What is a Senior Thesis?

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 – 6:00pm-7:00pm

Session 2: Research Resources, Advisors and Recommendation Letters

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 – 6:00pm-7:00pm

CES Senior Thesis Workshop Conference 2020 (Virtual)

Friday, November 20, 2020 – 4:00pm-5:30pm


Spring 2021

Session 3: How to Write a Winning Proposal

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 – 5:00pm-6:30pm

Session 4: Research Methodologies

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 – 5:00pm-6:00pm

CES Senior Thesis Writer Conference (Virtual)

Friday, April 9, 2021 – 4:00pm-5:00pm