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Thinking about writing a thesis? Not sure where to start? Come talk to professors and current thesis writers about how the thesis declaration process works, how students choose topics, and what factors you should take into account when deciding whether or not to write a thesis.

Whether you already know something you might like to research, or are just beginning think about the possibility of thesis writing, now is a great time to get your bearings.

Please join us in a conversation with Professors Vijay Pinch (History), Joel Pfister (English), and Suzanne O’Connell (Earth and Environmental Science) and current thesis writers for insights into the whys and wherefores of undertaking a thesis.

Thursday, December 2, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.
Albritton 103

Improve your writing,
Help other students with theirs,
And impress the whole world with your skills.

The Writing Workshop is currently hiring tutors and mentors for the spring semester!

As a writing tutor, you will receive one course credit in English and a $400 stipend. All tutors are trained in ENGL 491, the Ford Teaching Seminar, which meets weekly on Tuesdays, from 12-1pm. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.

The pre-application is due Monday, November 1st.

To learn more or apply, visit:


Contact Professor Anne Greene at x3604 and agreene@wesleyan.edu, or Ford Fellows Katherine Eyster and Emily Schmidt at x2440 and writingworks@wesleyan.edu.

Wesleyan now offers an electronic transcript ordering service through the National Student Clearinghouse!

For information on this new service, please go to http://www.wesleyan.edu/registrar/transreq.html. This site provides all relevant information and instructions.

The online system that allows for credit/debit card payments, FedEx delivery, request status tracking and 24/7 service.

Limited funds are available to support student research and other student scholarly projects in public affairs to begin this summer.  Only current sophomores and juniors are eligible.  These funds are made available through a gift to Wesleyan University from the Surdna Foundation in honor of Frederick Morgan Davenport, Wesleyan University Class of 1889, and Edith Jefferson Andrus Davenport, Wesleyan University, Class of 1897.

In past years, Davenport Scholarships have been awarded to sophomores and juniors who have “demonstrated intellectual and moral excellence and a concern for public affairs” and “who by their personal qualities and vocational and scholarly intentions give greatest promise of leadership in the public service.”  It is expected that most of the grants will be concentrated in the social science departments and the CSS, but applications will be accepted from majors in all areas of the University as long as the proposed projects are related to public affairs.

Applications must contain: (1) a title, (2) a brief description of the proposed project, its objectives and its significance, including a discussion of the relevant scholarly literature; (3) a statement discussing course work relating to the proposed project; (4) an account of the methods for carrying it out; (5) a timetable for completion [a project may continue through the academic year 2009-2010]; (6) a detailed budget; (7) a copy of the student’s transcript [which you may copy from your portfolio if you wish],CSS students please include your comprehensive Examination grade, and (8) a letter from the faculty member who will supervise the project, carefully assessing its merit and the ability of the applicant to carry it out successfully.  Applications must be electronically submitted AS AN ATTACHMENT and are not to exceed five double-spaced pages (not counting the supervisor’s letter or transcript). It is the applicant’s responsibility to inform his or her faculty supervisor to submit a letter electronically AS AN ATTACHMENT. Both the application and the faculty member’s letter must contain the student’s name (with the last name listed first) followed by “Davenport Proposal” in the subject line.

Funds are limited, and we expect competition for the awards to be keen. The committee will examine each proposal closely, with special attention to the scholarly value of the proposed research, the feasibility of the project, and the reasonableness of the proposed budget.  Students should make their proposals as specific and detailed as possible, and support them with evidence of their ability to complete the work according to a realistic schedule.  They should prepare the budget with special care, including only essential expenses and showing precisely how the proposed budget supports the work being proposed. Please note that your budget cannot include the purchase of capital equipment (i.e., digital recorders, cameras, etc.). Those planning to do research abroad should consult with Carolyn Sorkin in the Office of International Studies about their plans and budgets. Please note that research proposals involving human subjects may require IRB approval; please see http://www.wesleyan.edu/acaf/Institutional_Review_Board.html for additional information.

All Davenport Scholars will receive a minimum of $500, as stipulated by the terms of the Davenport Bequest.  Additional amounts of up to $2500 may be awarded, the amount depending on the availability of funds and project needs.  Total awards will generally be limited to $3000, but successful applicants can apply for modest supplements if, during their projects, it appears that the $3000 limit is too restrictive.  An interim report, 3-5 pages in length, is to be submitted in September. This report should describe the work done with the grant money over the course of the summer and how this work will advance the student’s thesis or other honors projects during the coming year. Upon completion of the project, each Davenport Scholar must submit a brief report to the Committee on his/her activities, accomplishments, and an accounting of expenditures beyond $500.

Applications will be judged by a faculty committee composed of representatives of the five Public Affairs Center departments.  Criteria for judging applications include: the relevance of the project to public affairs; the clarity and suitability of the project design; the feasibility of the proposed project; the applicant’s past academic record; the evaluation submitted by the faculty member; and the realism of the proposed budget.  Senior thesis projects will receive priority.

All materials including faculty recommendations must be submitted electronically to Davenport grant (davenport@wesleyan.edu), by noon, Friday, March 12, 2010.  On the top of the first page, please include your WES I.D., Wesleyan Box No., email address, name of faculty advisor who will be submitting a recommendation (if your thesis advisor will be someone else, that person should also be listed here), as well as your citizenship for tax purposes.  Announcement of grant awards will be made on or before April 5, 2010. Titles of successful applications will also be posted on the PAC website, www.wesleyan.edu/pac.

Have you ever wanted a personal tutor and editor, someone who would meet with you privately to help with your writing?

In the Writing Mentor program you will meet every week throughout the semester with a trained student writing mentor. Your mentor will help you with papers for all your courses as well as with general questions about your writing, whether you need advice about generating ideas, structuring your essay, grammar, or time management. We welcome all applicants.

We look forward to hearing from you. You can find the electronic application at: http://www.wesleyan.edu/writing/workshop/mentorapp.html

This is a relatively new program with limited funding so we cannot guarantee that all applicants will be paired with a mentor.  Please note that if you participate in the Writing Mentor program, you are making a commitment to meet with your mentor regularly.

Best Wishes,

Charlie Weiss and Oriana Korol
Ford Fellows in the Writing Program
103 and 104 Downey House
Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 685-2440


Anne Greene
Director of Writing Programs

The Science Library, which had been scheduled to be open from December 28-30, will be closed instead because of electrical maintenance work being done in the Exley Science Center. You will still be able to access most of the library’s electronic resources from off-campus. Just search for a resource using the Indexes or Journals tab on the library’s home page, then click on the link. A login page will appear. Enter your Wesleyan username and password to get to the resource.

We apologize for the inconvenience!

Broad Street Books will begin returning overstock textbooks this week. Please purchase any textbooks you may need for the rest of the semester at your earliest convenience.

In anticipation of our Buyback event during finals week, the bookstore will be working diligently to acquire your professor’s textbook selections for the coming semester. This will allow us to give you back more money for your textbooks.

For more information, contact

Colleen Chen
Text Manager
Broad Street Books
(860) 685-7323

writingNeed help on a writing assignment?

Stuck on page six? Haven’t even started page one? Whether you’re a senior writing an honors thesis, a first-year student working on your first college paper, or a multilingual student looking to practice your English, the Writing Workshop can help you. At the Workshop, you will meet privately with a trained tutor who will help you start writing, work on a particular problem, or interpret a professor’s comments. Bring a draft, outline, or even just ideas for a paper. Remember, the Workshop can help improve your writing regardless of your experience. Also, it is totally confidential and free.

This semester we’ve made many exciting changes to the Writing Workshop.  First, we have a new office in the Shapiro Creative Writing Center on the third floor of the Allbritton building where we will be holding tutoring sessions in room 306.  Second, we have a new web-based appointment scheduling system. To schedule an appointment at our Shapiro Creative Writing Center location, sign in to your E-Portfolio and click the “Writing Workshop” link in the “Tools and Links” section. This will take you to a page where you can schedule a tutoring session in any of our available locations.  Lastly, we’ve moved to a new drop-in location in Science Library, Room 77 downstairs. We’ve also hired a fourth writing tutor for Sunday evenings, which tend to be particularly busy.

Appointment Hours
Monday-Thursday 1:00-4:00 p.m.

  • Shapiro Creative Writing Center 306

Drop-in Hours
Sunday-Thursday 7:00-11:00 p.m.

  • Shapiro Creative Writing Center 306
  • Olin 106 (Info. Commons)
  • Science Library 77

Go to www.wesleyan.edu/writing/workshop/hours.html for more information about locations, times, and staff.  Please call x2440 or email writingworks@wesleyan.edu to make an appointment. Also, contact us if you have any questions.

Charlie Weiss and Oriana Korol
Ford Fellows in the Writing Program
103 and 104 Downey House
(860) 685-2440


Anne Greene
Director of Writing Programs
(860) 685-3604

The libraries will be open additional hours this week, May 11-15, to accommodate the extended exam schedule:

Olin Library:

  • Monday-Wednesday: 8:30am-2am;
  • Thursday: 8:30am-midnight;
  • Friday: 8:30am-5pm

Art Library:

  • Monday-Thursday: 9am-midnight;
  • Friday: 9am-5pm

Science Library:

  • Monday-Wednesday: open 24 hours;
  • Thursday: Midnight to midnight;
  • Friday: 8:30am-5pm

Special Collections & Archives:

  • Monday-Friday: 1pm-5pm

Olin Reserve Desk:

  • Monday-Wednesday: 8:30am-midnight;
  • Thursday: 8:30am-8pm;
  • Friday: 8:30am-4pm

Scores & Recordings:

  • Monday-Thursday: 8:30am-11pm;
  • Friday: 8:30am-5pm

Olin Reference Desk:

  • Monday-Thursday: 10am-6pm; 7pm-10pm;
  • Friday: 10am-5pm

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