Senior Thesis Resources


Apply for Senior Thesis Borrowing Privileges

Upon application, the Library will extend semester-long borrowing privileges to Haverford students writing senior theses. Please allow 48 hours for processing. You will be notified by email when extended borrowing privileges have been granted.

Please note the following:

  • Any materials checked-out under this privilege are subject to the Library's recall policies (i.e., materials are recallable immediately for course reserve and after two weeks for another patron).
  • This extended borrowing privilege does not apply to materials obtained from Interlibrary Loan, E-ZBorrow, nor to items with normally short loan periods.
  • If academic year privileges are selected, any materials needed for the next semester must be renewed before the end of the current semester. This is not automatic.

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Apply for a Study Carrel

Student carrels are located in Magill Library on the Basement, 1st Tier, 3rd Tier, and 4th Tier.

Any Haverford student may apply for a carrel. Bryn Mawr students who live at Haverford may also apply. A Bryn Mawr student who is majoring at Haverford will have her application considered on a case by case basis.

Two students are assigned to each carrel. Seniors (including Bryn Mawr seniors residing at Haverford) may request a single carrel if they apply during the first two weeks of the fall semester, and the library will make every effort to fill their request. However, as demand fluctuates from year to year, we may not always have sufficient space to do so.

The carrel lottery is held at the beginning of the Fall Semester. Assignments will be e-mailed or can be obtained by inquiring at the desk by the 3rd week of classes in September. Anyone who does not submit an application during the lottery period will be assigned to the carrels that are left on a first-come, first-served basis until there are no carrels left.

Applications for carrels may be picked up and dropped off at Magill Library's Front Desk during the weeks the lottery is being held.

Applications include the rules governing carrel use. By signing the application you are agreeing to abide by these rules. Students may select the person with whom they wish to share a carrel, or they will be assigned a carrel mate during the lottery. For those making application during the lottery period, priority for carrels will be determined in the following order:

  1. Haverford seniors working on a thesis and Haverford students living off-campus (HCA not included).
  2. Other Haverford students who have specified a preference for a carrel on their application.
  3. Those Haverford students who applied and could not be given their choice or who did not specify a preference will be randomly assigned a carrel.

Find Subject-Specific Resources

Subject librarians are happy to work with you in locating and evaluating research resources for your thesis. Find your subject librarian below:

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Prize-Winning Theses

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Commencement Speeches (1856-1893)

Paper Theses Holdings (listed by department)

Two-Minute Thesis Videos

2-Minute Thesis: Abigal Reuscher '17

Abigail Reuscher talks about her Chemistry thesis.

Two Minute Thesis: Ben Ruskin

Ben Ruskin '17 talks about his Economics thesis on the relationship between roster turnover and player performance in major league baseball.

Two Minute Thesis: Julie Ta

Computer Science major Julie Ta talks about her senior thesis, which explores how gesture recognition could be used to help people who have suffered a stroke or have other physical disabilities, specifically using the Leap Motion controller.

Two Minute Thesis: Eden Heller

History major and Spanish and Education minor Eden Heller discusses her senior thesis, which examined the writings of women in Spanish education journals from 1922–1936 and their critiques of Spanish society. The project required extensive primary source research and translation.

Two Minute Thesis: Kelly Boylan

Spanish major Kelly Boylan talks about her senior thesis, which examines the Spanish Inquisition in the New World, specifically how indigenous women and black slaves put on trial for witchcraft and blasphemy used the Inquisition to subvert authority and create, as she puts it, "bubbles of agency."

Two Minute Thesis: Oluwatobi Alliyu

Anthropology major Oluwatobi Alliyu discusses her senior thesis, which examines the transnational and international factors that have contributed to a rise in HIV and AIDS in Nigeria despite the many efforts to address the diseases.

Two Minute Thesis: Katie Tsai

Chemistry major and Biochemistry and Education minor Katie Tsai discusses her senior thesis, which looks at the use of site-specific spectroscopy probes placed onto enzymes involved in the biosynthesis of antibiotics. She conducted her research in the lab of Assistant Professor of Chemistry Lou Charkoudian.

Two Minute Thesis: Nate Rehm-Daly

Fine Arts and Classics double major Nate Rehm-Daly discusses his Fine Arts senior thesis, which explores the interaction between humans and robots through the juxtaposition of metal and human forms.

Two Minute Thesis: Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein

Spanish and art history double major Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein '16 discusses her senior theses, both of which examine works of two Chilean poets during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

Two Minute Thesis: Cecily van Buren Freedman

English major Cecily van Buren Freedman discusses her senior thesis, which examines the genre of the neo-slave narrative through Marlon James's 2009 novel "The Book of Night Women."

Two Minute Thesis: Elise Riley

Linguistics major Elise Riley '16 discusses her senior thesis, which looks at language revitalization practices in the U.S., focusing on three indigenous languages: Navajo, Hawaiian, and Wukchumni.

Two Minute Thesis: Helen Felker

Spanish and Linguistics double-major Helen Felker '16 describes her senior thesis, which explores the experiences and perspectives of contemporary Zapotec speakers through video interviews and in the context of language policy in Mexico.

Two Minute Thesis: Laura Newman Eckstein

Religion major Laura Newman Eckstein '16 discusses her senior thesis on the intersection of Judaism and mercantilism in the Mississippi Delta during the antebellum period.

Two Minute Thesis: Joaquin Vargas

Anthropology major Joaquin Vargas '16 talks about his senior thesis, which explores how dominant societal notions of sexuality influence how individuals think about and engage in sex.

Two-Minute Thesis: Shahzeen Nasim

English major Shahzeen Nasim '16 talks about her spring 2015 thesis project, "James Baldwin's 'Flesh and Blood': in No Name in the Street."

Two-Minute Thesis: Hannah Morgan and Katrina Leung

Psychology majors Katrina Leung '15 and Hannah Morgan '15 discuss their Spring 2015 senior thesis,"The Effects of Reducing Racial Biases on Neuro-Responses to Race."

Two-Minute Thesis: Iván Sanchez

Political Science major Iván Sanchez '15 discusses his Spring 2015 senior thesis, "Parallel Colonial Designations: How Puerto Rico's Development as a Territory Explains Puerto Ricans' Second Class Citizenship."

Two-Minute Thesis: Dawit Habtemariam

Economics major Dawit Habtemariam '15 discusses his Spring 2015 senior thesis, "The Impact of Past Institutions on the Racial Wealth Gap".

Two-Minute Thesis: Connor Odekirk

English and Russian major Connor Odekirk '15 talks about his Spring 2015 thesis, which looks at time and consciousness in Vladimir Nabokov's novel Ada.

Two-Minute Thesis: Leah Hollander

Biology major Leah Hollander '15 talks about her Spring 2015 thesis, "Investigating the Role of the C. elegan's protein kinase G homolog egl-4 in Lawn-Leaving Behavior and Animal Defense".