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.

Thesis 101: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know (but Were Afraid to Ask) about Writing a Senior Thesis in the Social Sciences: a free, 3-day thesis-writing workshop through which you'll learn the essentials of formulating a thesis topic, conducting research, applying for grants, and more! January 22-24, 2020 (during Wintersession) CGIS Knafel, 11am-5pm. A free, catered lunch, along with snacks, will be provided each day. ** Sign up online at **
**Important Methods Workshops for Junior Thesis Writers will be offered in the spring of 2020 - 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:

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:
Fall term funding: 12 noon, Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Spring term funding: 12 noon, Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Summer funding:  12 noon, Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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

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