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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. These 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 CES Thesis Workshop organizers Abigail Modaff 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.

Want to register for sessions? Use this Google Form to sign up.


Thesis Workshop Schedule – 2021-2022

All sessions will be virtual and require pre-registration with the Workshop Organizers.

What Is a Senior Thesis? Thesis Workshop for Juniors — What Is a Senior Thesis?
September 28, 2021
6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Chair Abigail Modaff – College Fellow in Social Studies, Harvard University; Thesis Workshop Organizer, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University and Michael Tworek – Associate, History Department, Harvard University; Thesis Workshop Organizer, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
Session 2: Thesis Strategies for Research, Advisers, and Recommendation Letters Thesis Workshop for Juniors — Session 2: Thesis Strategies for Research, Advisers, and Recommendation Letters
October 19, 2021
6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Chair Abigail Modaff – College Fellow in Social Studies, Harvard University; Thesis Workshop Organizer, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University and Michael Tworek – Associate, History Department, Harvard University; Thesis Workshop Organizer, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
Senior Thesis Conference: Preliminary Findings Thesis Workshop for Juniors — Senior Thesis Conference: Preliminary Findings
November 19, 2021
4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Chair Abigail Modaff – College Fellow in Social Studies, Harvard University; Thesis Workshop Organizer, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University and Michael Tworek – Associate, History Department, Harvard University; Thesis Workshop Organizer, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
  • Moderated by Kelly O'Neill – Director, Imperiia Project, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies; Lecturer on History, Harvard University
How to Write a Winning Proposal Thesis Workshop for Juniors — How to Write a Winning Proposal
February 1, 2022
6:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Chair Abigail Modaff – College Fellow in Social Studies, Harvard University; Thesis Workshop Organizer, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University and Michael Tworek – Associate, History Department, Harvard University; Thesis Workshop Organizer, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
Research Methodologies Thesis Workshop for Juniors — Research Methodologies
March 1, 2022
6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Chair Michael Tworek – Associate, History Department, Harvard University; Thesis Workshop Organizer, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University and Abigail Modaff – College Fellow in Social Studies, Harvard University; Thesis Workshop Organizer, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
Living & Researching in Europe – Senior Thesis Writers' Reflections Thesis Workshop for Juniors — Living & Researching in Europe – Senior Thesis Writers' Reflections
April 5, 2022
6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Chair Abigail Modaff – College Fellow in Social Studies, Harvard University; Thesis Workshop Organizer, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University and Michael Tworek – Associate, History Department, Harvard University; Thesis Workshop Organizer, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
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