Senior Thesis Workshops

An honors thesis is one of the capstones of an undergraduate education. Working usually in close collaboration with a faculty member, you undertake original research that draws upon the topical knowledge and research skills you have developed in the MBB program. This research is the most important contribution you can make to the study of mind/brain/behavior.

An important related activity is sharing your research with the scholarly community. The MBB Program offers both un-structured and structured interactions with fellow thesis writers and seasoned researchers. In addition to the informal, course-based, and laboratory-related contacts with faculty and fellow students, the Program holds a required, non-credit series of small group discussions for thesis writers. These thesis workshops are a full-year, seminar style series of modules that focus on developing presentation and communication skills, as well as bolstering the diverse community of concentrations. These meetings will allow you to report your thesis findings and discuss them with your fellow MBB thesis writers, as well as provide feedback to your peers as you learn about their work. By listening to each other, you will also learn about the other areas in mind/brain/behavior, some quite different in topic and approach from that of your own thesis. Finally, these thesis discussion groups will also be a forum to explore and examine wider issues, from MBB-related issues, topics, and research to communicating science and developing the writing, creative, and speaking skills to do so effectively.




WORKSHOPS SCHEDULE FOR 2021-2022

Fall 2021

The fall workshops are focused on building an interdisciplinary community. Students will share and reflect on their process, as well as practice framing their work through visualization tasks.

Students should attend the intro meeting or watch its recorded information section and then one October and one November meeting (same group if possible). Super-seniors are excused from the November meeting and are expected to attend the December meeting instead.

Introductory Meeting - Monday 13 September, 4 p.m., on zoom
recording of informational (non-student) portions of this meeting can be viewed at https://harvard.zoom.us/rec/share/acZgF6T1bqhT9GAkbjQc-H5rpiODcLgpo12gXseb5KzES40BZCJ4pat3zTIBon1K.FnCPg9HcD4xep2wp

October and November workshops will be held via zoom. Classroom locations are for those of you who may lack a good location to zoom from. Please abide by classroom COVID guidelines (wear masks, no food or drink, etc.) if you zoom from these rooms. Full zoom information (passwords, phone options) will be provided via email.

October Workshops
Group One: Wednesday 13 October, 3-5 p.m., Sever 112, https://harvard.zoom.us/j/91987385088?pwd=TUV6ZHUwSFVtVm11bGhiRDRvRlhIQT09
Group Two: Tuesday 19 October, 3-5 p.m., Sever 310, https://harvard.zoom.us/j/96884874384?pwd=MnFhbTErN09xam9QazA1a3hlVDVKdz09

November Workshops
Group One: Wednesday 10 November, 3-5 p.m., Sever 112
Group Two: Tuesday 16 November, 3-5 p.m., Sever 310

December Workshop
to be scheduled during reading period

Spring 2022

Spring workshops will focus on sharing work beyond disciplinary boundaries. Thesis writers will continue to reflect on their process, and consider visual presentation of thesis work, culminating in a research poster and psoter presentation.

Possible: Brain Break with pre-thesis juniors – to be arranged, early February

Three Workshops – to be arranged, April and early May

MBB Poster Session – to be scheduled

Senior Recognition Ceremony - Wednesday 25 May, 9-10:30 a.m., 2022, Faculty Club – Certificates in Mind Brain Behavior will be awarded.




WORKSHOP LEADERS
 

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Lauren DiNicola, laurendinicola@gmail.com
Lauren is a PhD student in the Buckner Laboratory within the Psychology department. She is interested in understanding how large-scale brain networks allow for higher-order cognitive functions, particularly social functions. Her research experiences have included cross-disciplinary work with animals and humans, infants and adults, and have incorporated behavioral and neuroscientific methods. She is thrilled to join the MBB thesis writers in their exploration of diverse research practices and ideas.

 

Maggie Kandel photograph

Maggie Kandel, mkandel@g.harvard.edu
Maggie is a Ph.D. student in the psychology department, with a background in linguistics. Her research interests include language acquisition and the cognitive mechanisms underlying human language production and comprehension. She has a strong belief in the importance of interdisciplinary research and dialogue and looks forward to sharing this passion with the undergraduate MBB thesis writers!




THESIS RESOURCES

MBB Thesis Titles from Previous Years: 
Class of 2021  //  Class of 2020  //  Class of 2019  //  Class of 2018  //  Class of 2017  //  Class of 2016  //  Class of 2015   //  Class of 2014

MBB Thesis Abstracts from Previous Years:
Class of 2021

College Thesis Writer Resources