Month: April 2015

The First Spark: Starting My Senior Thesis

Eleanor Haglund - My First Spark

Eleanor Haglund – My First Spark

Well, here we are. The start of something that I cannot yet imagine: My Senior Thesis. I have worked so hard to get here by studying hard in my classes and honing my work ethic. I am so excited to begin and so thankful for all of the people who are helping me. A special thanks to my advisors, Jane McCafferty and Kevin Gonzalez, and Dietrich College for supporting me in this opportunity.

A little bit about my project: I plan on completing a novel as my senior thesis. I will write it during the summer and the fall semester and editing and rewriting it during the spring semester. My novel will be about the wife of a wealthy industrialist in 1950s Pittsburgh who gets involved in social issues that oppose her husband’s business interests. I want to examine class issues that stem from industrial pursuits, political polarization and whether or not collaboration can be sustained in flourishing and competitive cities.

I look forward to going through the novel writing process for the first time and learning all that I can from my advisors. I know that the process will be long and difficult but I am ready for the challenge.

Read more about me and my project.

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Eight New Honors Fellows Announced

fellows_302x201Eight exceptional juniors have been selected to be 2015-16 Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences Honors Fellows at Carnegie Mellon University.

The Honors Fellowship Program – in its second year – is part of the college’s Senior Honors Program and is designed to give students a head start on their thesis development.

The fellowship program does this by providing students with support to spend the summer before their senior year researching their thesis topics. The extra time allows them to focus on their projects while not also juggling demanding course loads, internships and other extracurricular activities.

“I’m both thrilled and humbled to have been selected as a fellow for this year’s program,” said Laurnie Wilson, a creative writing and history double major who will be working with English Professor Jane Bernstein to create a series of narratives that examine themes of growth and self-discovery from the perspective of a young woman. “I’m excited for many aspects of the approaching summer, however, I’m most looking forward to the chance I will have to fully devote myself to my art. During the semester, it can be difficult to set aside time to write, and creative inspiration can be hard to come by. The fellowship not only encourages but requires me to pursue a meaningful project, while the generous funding allows for me to completely immerse myself in this work, without any other distractions.”

Read more.

Meet the 2015-2016 Fellows.

Stay tuned – each fellow will be blogging about their experiences throughout the next year!