Resources for Senior Thesis and Essay Writers

Senior Thesis and Essay Writers:

The library has a guide to resources for senior thesis and essay writers at

The library is also offering drop-in workshops next week that will go into more detail about research sources and interlibrary loan and other services likely to be useful for thesis and essay writers.  Sessions will be offered at 11 am and 3 pm on Monday 9/27, Tuesday 9/28, Wednesday 9/29, and Thursday 9/30. Choose a date and time convenient for you and join a group for a 45 minute info session in Olin Library in the Develin Room (room 204, beside the Art Library space on the second floor by the big stairs in the front of the building).

Reminder to please click the ENROLL ME button in WesPortal.

Dear Students,

This is a reminder to please click the ENROLL ME button in WesPortal. If you have done so, please disregard this message.  Otherwise, this is just a gentle reminder that you must enroll in the University. Please enroll even if you still have unresolved action items (enrollment holds).  Once you are enrolled, you can participate in Drop/Add.

To Enroll:

1.      Visit your WesPortal

2.      Click on the “Enroll in the University & Clear Action Items” alert box

3.      Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the red “Enroll Me” button.

Please remember that all action items must be cleared by September 10, 5:00 p.m.  If you are not planning to return to campus for the Fall semester and you are an undergraduate student please contact your class dean and if you are a graduate student please contact the graduate student services office.

Departmental Honors Information and Important Deadlines

If you plan to be a candidate for Honors in your senior year, it is important to know the following:

  1. Know your department’s policy regarding thesis tutorials; most require two consecutive semesters of thesis tutorial. Be sure that you register for the tutorial that your department requires of Honors candidates; for most students this will be DEPT409 in Fall 2021 and DEPT410 in Spring 2022.You must add the tutorial online during the Drop/Add period each semester. If you intend to submit your thesis for honors consideration in more than one department, indicate that on your tutorial enrollment request form.
  2. Once confirmed by your department(s), each candidate registered for the appropriate tutorial is considered an Honors candidate by the Honors Committee. Students who are confirmed will be notified in early October.

Special Cases: Those who will complete course work in December 2021, candidates for Honors in General Scholarship, and University majors must contact Susan Krajewski. Students who complete their studies in December are now required to submit their honors thesis on the first day of classes in the following spring semester. So December completions who are members of the Class of 2022 must register their thesis by 4pm on January 20, 2022. For students interested in pursuing Honors in General Scholarship, a comprehensive application process must be followed. Complete information about this process is available at Spring applications for General Scholarship were due Friday, April 30, 2021. The late submission application deadline to pursue Honors in General Scholarship is 4pm on Friday, September 17, 2021.

Departmental Honors: To receive Honors upon graduation, all candidates must fulfill the Honors requirements of the major department. Be sure that you know what your department requires. Criteria for supervising and evaluating candidates rests solely with the academic department. Follow your department’s procedure to obtain a tutor. If you are pursuing honors in more than one department, the honors decisions are made independently so you may receive honors from one department and credit only from the other.

The Jellybean Papers: Further considerations on writing the senior thesis and answers to many questions are available in the Jellybean Papers (known as such because they were once printed on brightly-colored paper). Copies of the 2021/2022 version may be found online at:

Note: All honors theses are now bound double-sided. Please make sure to pay special attention to the new margin requirements and other formatting instructions in the Jellybean Papers to ensure your final thesis PDF adheres to all standards and expectations for double-sided manuscripts.

Thesis Carrels: This year the Library is returning to a shared thesis carrel process. Seniors who intend to write an honors thesis are invited to apply for a thesis carrel. The carrel application will open September 6th in WesPortal and will close on September 17th. You must be enrolled in a thesis tutorial or other course designated for honors in order to retain any thesis carrel you are assigned to. A list of confirmed honors candidates will be provided to Olin after drop/add closes and students who are not enrolled in the necessary course work, will be asked to vacate their carrel space. Contact Jessica Steele in Olin Library for more information about their process.

Important deadlines for 2022 Honors candidates

  • September 6, 2021: Thesis Carrel Applications open in WesPortal. The application link is in theLibrary bucket.
  • September 17, 2021: Final day of Drop/Add registration for the Fall tutorial. Register online inFall 2021 during Drop/Add for the first half of your thesis (DEPT409).
  • September 17, 2021: Study carrel applications due by 4pm. Contact Jessie Steele in Olin Library for more information.
  • October 12, 2021: Students can check their WesPortal to see what partner and carrel assignment they received if they applied.
  • October 15, 2021: Students must pick up their thesis carrel keys by 4pm at the Olin Library  Reserve Desk. Last day to pick up carrel keys is October 22, 2021.
  • January 20, 2022: Early thesis registration deadline for December Completions.
  • February 2, 2022: Final day of Drop/Add registration for the Spring tutorial. Register online in Spring2022 during Drop/Add for the second half of your thesis (DEPT410).
  • April 14, 2022: Theses due by 4pm (no extensions possible)
  • April 28, 2022: Department recommendations due. All performances and exhibitions completed

Summer 2021 CT College Corps – seeking college students!!!

Summer College Corps

Any college students who do not yet have summer plans, who live in CT or attend college in CT, please consider applying! Participants will receive a generous $4,500 stipend and high-level training and support.

The state is preparing to recruit 500 students statewide to work in summer programs and provide those students with training in order to be prepared to support the well-being of children participating in various summer programs throughout CT. As thousands of PK-12 students have had their school years significantly disrupted from the pandemic, it is critical that they have ample support over the summer to mitigate school disengagement and to participate in joyful, stimulating programs. The funding comes from a proposed allocation of $1.5 million from funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to complement a $1.5 million investment of Coronavirus Relief Funds in FY 2022.

Connecticut is looking to colleges and universities to identify students to help facilitate and run these summer learning programs across the state. This will provide summer programs with the needed operational support to get off the ground, college students with a meaningful and impactful summer working experience, and K-12 students with individuals their age who they can learn from and associate with over the summer. The Offices of Workforce Strategy, Higher Education, State Department of Education, as well as public and private higher education institutions will partner together to train college students and match them with summer programs.

Please  send an email to Dana Brink in the College of Education Studies,, to be added to a list of interested candidates. As soon as the application is live we will send it to you.


Updates & applications will be posted shortly at the Summer Enrichment/ Accelerate CT website:

Keasbey Scholarship for Postgraduate Study in the UK

The Keasbey Scholarship, which supports two years of postgraduate study in the UK for two years, either for a second undergraduate degree or for a graduate degree in any program offered at the University of Oxford, Cambridge, or Edinburgh.

This scholarship is open to Wesleyan every three years. Members of the Class of 2022 are eligible to apply this coming Fall 2021. Successful applicants would begin their studies in the UK in Fall 2022.

Wesleyan may nominate two candidates, following a campus selection process. The campus application deadline is Oct. 3. Applicants must show leadership, high academic achievement, and extracurricular involvement. This program is only open to U.S. citizens.

If you have leadership experience and a strong academic record, please (1) fill out a short interest form in ViaTRM by May 31 and (2) get in touch with Magdalena Zapędowska, assistant director of fellowships, to discuss your interest, program fit, and the application process.

For more information, please contact:

Magdalena Zapędowska, Ph.D. [za-pen-doff-ska]
Assistant Director, Fellowships | Fries Center for Global Studies

Classes to Consider for Fall 2021

Attention rising seniors! Are you interested in applied, experiential, and engaged learning? Have you decided not to pursue a thesis but you want to have a meaningful capstone experience during your last year at Wes? You might consider these classes for Fall 2021:

CSPL239 Startup Incubator: The Art and Science of Launching Your Idea
Tu 8:50-11:40

A one-semester, experiential learning program designed to teach and enable student entrepreneurs to develop sustainable business models from their ideas. The program will bring together an ambitious, committed, and diverse group of individuals from all classes and majors who are passionate about developing successful solutions to challenges; identify as entrepreneurs, disruptors, and thought leaders; and have the tenacity, work ethic, and ability to succeed. It is completely fine if you have not yet launched your own business / non-profit etc. You will learn mindsets, critical thinking skills, and practical skills that you can use in any part of your life.

If you would like to enroll in CSPL 239, complete this form- Questions can be emailed to Rosemary Ostfeld (

CSPL262 Patricelli Center Fellowship
Tu/Th 10:20-11:40

In this project-based, cohort-style class, students will learn strategies for understanding social and environmental problems, and they will design interventions to create impact. Each student will select a topic to work on individually or as part of a team throughout the semester. Topics will include root cause analysis, ecosystem mapping, theory of change, human-centered design, business models, leadership and teamwork, impact metrics, storytelling, and more. Some students will develop entrepreneurial projects and ventures while others will find pathways to impact as activists, community organizers, coalition builders, artists, or researchers.

To be considered for this course, meet with the instructor ( to discuss the enrollment process, course content, expectations, and learning goals.

CSPL480 Engaged Projects
Asynchronous / No mandatory class time

EPs are one-semester, 1.0-credit, mostly-independent educational endeavors. Students who enroll will start with a topic or question that has some connection to their academic pursuits and to the world at large. They will recruit a “Sponsor” with lived or scholarly expertise related to their topic, and they will be matched with two other EP students (their “Cohort”) who will provide peer advising and accountability. Over the course of one semester, EP students will research and analyze their topic, produce a project intended for a public (not academic) audience, and complete reflection essays to document their learning along the way.

Details are at