Senior Thesis Project

Fellows have the opportunity to do sustained research work on topics that they choose with the help of faculty advisers and the director of the center. For a list of Gaines Senior Theses from 1986 to the present, please see the document below.

General Calendar and Process

Junior year (spring): Fellows discuss topics, write prospectuses, and form faculty advisory committees with the guidance of the Gaines Center director.

Summer: Fellows research and begin drafting portions of their theses. Detailed outlines and a first installment (approximately 10-15 pages) are due in September.

Senior year (fall): Fellows continue research and draft portions of their theses, meeting regularly with the Gaines Center director and in small groups for peer workshops. They also consult with their faculty advisory committees regularly to discuss research and review drafts. By winter break, Fellows submit drafts of approximately 30 pages (or the equivalent of 3/5 of the project).

Senior year (spring): Fellows continue drafting and workshopping portions of their theses in small groups. Full first drafts are due mid-semester, and final drafts and oral defenses are scheduled for late March. A paper copy and an electronic copy of the thesis must be submitted to the Gaines Center by the end of the spring semester.

A detailed description of the thesis project (including requirements for the project, the formation of a faculty advisory committee, and grading procedures) is found below. Fellows should consult this document as they consider the senior thesis requirement.

Copies of the Prospectus Cover Sheet and Thesis Committee Member Agreement are below. The Prospectus Cover Sheet is to be completed by the Fellow and signed by his/her thesis committee chairperson. The Thesis Committee Member Agreement is to be signed by the two faculty who also serve on the fellow's commitee.