74 Harvard Undergraduates Awarded 2023 Hoopes Prize

This year’s Hoopes Prize-winning topics include a classicist’s examination of transgender lives in ancient Rome, an astrophysicist’s research on superluminous supernovae, and a mechanical engineer’s creation of a compressed air assisted bicycle.

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Unable to Research Abroad, Juniors Adapt Theses Topics, Techniques, and Timelines

Juniors in the Class of 2022 hoping to pursue thesis-related research abroad have had to adjust their travel and thesis plans in accordance with public health guidelines and University travel restrictions.

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Finding a Proxy: SEAS Seniors Submit Theses After Unconventional Research Year

With limited or no access to all of laboratory equipment at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, many seniors had to adapt to researching and writing their theses remotely. Some relied more on computer-aided research, while others found inventive ways to still utilize in-person experimentation.

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Student Life

Seniors Celebrate Thesis Submissions With Minimal ‘Pomp and Circumstance’

For members of the Class of 2021, virtual thesis submission is the latest in a string of quintessential experiences at the College that have been blighted by Covid-19. Though the College invited seniors to live on campus in the spring, not all opted to do so, and large social gatherings remain prohibited.

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Student Life

Rethinking the Science Thesis: Rising Seniors Adapt Lab Research Amid Covid-19

Laboratories affiliated with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences have scaled-down operations since March of last year due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Against this backdrop, science concentrators in the Class of 2022 have been planning and adapting their senior theses with these restrictions in mind.

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‘A Silver Lining’: Studio and Performing Arts Concentrators Experience Obstacles, Fulfillment in Producing Senior Theses Remotely

For seniors pursuing theses in studio and performing arts concentrations, the show must go on.

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Some Departments Delay Senior Thesis Deadlines Due to Covid-19 Disruptions

In light of challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, some academic departments extended deadlines for College seniors to submit their theses this spring.

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Student Life

Social Science Concentrators Adapt to the Virtual Thesis Process

In an unprecedented semester of virtual learning, seniors concentrating in social science disciplines say they have faced a host of new challenges in completing their theses — but also a few upsides which come with an all-virtual writing process.

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Eighty Harvard Undergraduates Awarded 2020 Hoopes Prize

Each year, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences awards Hoopes Prizes to honor College seniors by “recognizing, promoting, honoring, and rewarding excellence in the work of undergraduates and their capabilities and skills in any subject.”

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‘A Living, Breathing Thing’: Departments, Students Rethink Thesis Proposals Due to Coronavirus Disruption

As the coronavirus threatens to disrupt juniors’ preliminary thesis research this summer, departments are working to develop contingency plans and modify expectations for their concentrators’ capstone College projects.

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Seventy-Two Harvard College Seniors Awarded 2019 Hoopes Prize

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences awards Hoopes Prizes annually to a select number of nominated student projects. The prizes aim to honor College seniors by “recognizing, promoting, honoring, and rewarding excellence in the work of undergraduates and their capabilities and skills in any subject.”

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Humanities Division

Arts and Humanities Juniors Prepare Senior Thesis Proposals

With fewer than two months remaining in the spring semester, many juniors across arts and humanities concentrations are gearing up to submit senior thesis proposals.


67 Undergraduates Win Hoopes Prizes

The College notified sixty-seven undergraduates on Thursday that they had received the 2017 Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize, which recognizes students for excellence in research and scholarly work.

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Flyby Blog

How To: Get a Late Start on Your Thesis

​It’s already more than halfway through September and some seniors may just realizing that they have a thesis to do...oops. Here are things you should remember as you kick your thesis into gear.


64 Undergraduates Receive Annual Hoopes Prize

​Sixty-four undergraduates learned Wednesday that they had received the College’s Hoopes Prize, an award that recognizes outstanding scholarly work or research. The majority of this year’s awardees received the prize for their senior theses or senior projects.