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Senior Thesis Resources

Senior Thesis Writing Groups offer workshops and intensive writing sessions for seniors in participating departments. They help seniors learn the methods and expectations of research and writing in their concentration, provide practical guidance for tackling big research projects, and establish communities of writers for support and feedback. Many Thesis Groups also sponsor occasional Boot Camps, which give seniors a quiet space to write, focused time for reading and thinking, the camaraderie of fellow writers, and the opportunity to reflect on the writing process. For more information, contact the graduate student group leader in your department.

For consultations on your thesis, you may sign up for 80-minute appointments with a graduate Writing Center Fellow in your field or neighboring discipline. Fellows serve as sounding boards, careful readers, and helpful critics, and they welcome writers at any stage in the process, from getting started on a topic to refining an argument. In other words, no writing is required for a productive conference since Fellows are trained to conduct brainstorming sessions as well as to offer feedback on drafts. Writing Center conferences complement, but do not replace, your work with your adviser. Visit to choose either a specific Fellow to meet with, or to find the first available conference.