Townsend Honors Thesis Workshop

The workshop supports and guides undergraduate students writing honors theses on topics in the arts and humanities. Workshop sessions explore aspects of the research and writing processes, and provide a forum for students from a variety of fields to give and receive feedback on their individual thesis projects. This is an excellent opportunity for thesis writers to get professional writing advice, thoughtful feedback, and interdisciplinary engagement with their work as it unfolds.

Workshop sessions are led by Townsend Center director Stephen Best and graduate student researcher Mary Mussman (Comparative Literature), and include visiting speakers.


The workshop is open to undergraduate students who expect to graduate in May 2023 or December 2023, and who are writing honors theses in the following departments:

African American Studies; Ancient Greek & Roman Studies; Art Practice; Comparative Literature; East Asian Languages & Cultures; English; Ethnic Studies; Film & Media; French; Gender & Women's Studies; German; History of Art; Italian Studies; Middle Eastern Studies; Music; Philosophy; Rhetoric; Scandinavian; Slavic Languages & Literatures; South & Southeast Asian Studies; Spanish & Portuguese; Theater, Dance & Performance Studies.

Grant Provision

Participants receive a $300 research stipend and the opportunity to apply for additional funding for major research expenses.

Participants are expected to attend all sessions of the workshop, which are held monthly from December 2022 through April 2023 on selected Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 pm. The spring semester concludes in May 2023 with a student-organized mini-conference at which participants present their thesis projects. Workshop meetings are as follows:

Tuesday, December 6, 5:30-7:30 pm

Tuesday, January 24, 5:30-7:30 pm

Tuesday, February 7, 5:30-7:30 pm

Tuesday, March 7, 5:30-7:30 pm

Tuesday, April 4, 5:30-7:30 pm

Tuesday, May 2 (RRR Week), day-long mini-conference


Townsend Honors Thesis Workshop