For Juniors


Welcome Back, Class of 2021!

If you are interested in writing a senior thesis, please submit your signed statement of intent form (found below) by May 6, 2020. This must be on file for you to enroll in Soc 99A, a requirement for sociology concentrators. Joint concentrators will take Soc 99A/B through our department if sociology is primary concentration.

**Important Methods Workshops for Junior Thesis Writers will be offered in the spring of 2019 - we STRONGLY encourage you to attend at least one, however you may attend as many as you'd like! Please see schedule here: (TBD)

Jocelyn Viterna, Sociology's DUS is available to meet with juniors thinking of writing a senior thesis. Please make an appoint with her ( if you need help choosing a thesis topic, finding an adviser, securing funding for thesis research and for preparing and submitting human subjects research applications. 


Committee on the Use of Human Subjects:

The Department strongly encourages students to attend one of the sessions (see link above) instead of doing the online training (which takes more time). Please do not begin to gather any data until you have been issued IRB approval. See our page for further info:

If you DO attend one of these group seminars, training in the ethics of human subjects research is included. Training seminar attendees will NOT be required to complete the online module of the ethics of human subjects research offered by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). Attendance at the seminars will be automatically recorded by CUHS as satisfying the training requirement.

2.  If you DO NOT attend one of the spring group seminars (or seminars that will be held in the fall for academic year 2018-19 projects) you are required to complete CITI training, which you may access at .

If your research includes a human subjects component and you cannot attend one of the group seminars, please make plans now to undertake the required on-line training.  Once protocols are submitted they may take up to four weeks for approval, and you may not begin your research until your project has been cleared by the IRB. Some protocols pose greater risk to research subjects and therefore require additional review, which may take more than four weeks for approval.

It would be most beneficial for you to have met with your faculty adviser to discuss your project prior to attending the IRB sessions, although it is not required.  If you are well prepared for the IRB sessions, the staff will be able to answer specific questions about your protocol. Please note that each department now has a dedicated IRB Contact Person who will be able to offer you assistance.

Do not hesitate to contact the CUHS with any questions!!

  • Committee on the Use of Human Subjects
    Harvard University
    Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center
    1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 935
  • Call the Committee on the Use of Human Subjects office (617-496-2847) to ask questions or make an appointment with a CUHS staff member at any time
  • Email
  • Check out their Calendar of Events for walk-in hours


Harvard College Undergraduate Research and Fellowships 

Please note that many past writers have received funding through the Harvard College Research Program (HCRP), although other funding opportunities are available through URAF . The HCRP supports student-initiated scholarly research and creative endeavors undertaken with faculty guidance during the academic year and summer. Funded by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and alumni HCRP grants advance academic experiences outside the classroom and expand opportunities for students to work closely with faculty members. They underline the Harvard Faculty's commitment to individual work and help create an environment where students will gain experience, personal encouragement, and insight into the academic life of a professor.   

HCRP Funding Deadlines:
Site not updated as of 7/26/2019 - please check back for dates.

Register for URAF here

Applications for HCRP are processed through CARAT.

Contact Info for Funding Opportunities:
Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (URAF)
77 Dunster Street, 2nd Floor, Cambridge or
Walk-in hours daily 2-4pm

Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships – Cammi Valdez
Phone: 617.496.6220

Harvard College Research Program - Elizabeth Perten
Phone: 617.384.7959

For further information on writing a senior thesis, please see our Writing a Senior Thesis page for additional useful information.