Senior Thesis Resources

Writing at Bates offers a variety of support for thesis writers. We meet in small groups with writers and their faculty, consult one-on-one thesis writers, and host workshops on common tasks such as proposals, literature reviews, and oral defense. The Writing & Speaking Center in Ladd Library hosts the Thesis Café every Friday morning, creating a collective space for writers at all stages of thesis to work.

To find out more about how we might help you, please contact the Writing Specialist in your discipline.

Writing Specialists

Make appointments with a Writing Specialist early and often throughout your thesis process. To set up an appointment—or a series of meetings—contact the Writing Specialist in your area by email:

Humanities and Interdisciplinary Programs: Misty Beck, 
Natural Sciences and Quantitative Writing: Louise Brogan,
Social Sciences: Christopher Petrella,

(If you’re not certain where your work might best fit, fill out our appointment form located here.)

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Thesis Café

Every Friday morning, from 9:00 to 12:00, the Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd transforms into the Thesis Cafe–a quiet space for seniors to work on their writing and research while recharging with coffee, chai, and pastries.  A member of the professional writing staff is on hand for consultations.