Senior Thesis Research Grant
The John McMynn Williams Research Grant is awarded to English majors whose senior thesis project entails demanding and extensive research. Awarded funds must be used to cover expenses necessary to complete the thesis. These awards are designed to enable students to travel to archives or research sites, arrange participant interviews, or initiate other research activities that require special funding. These funds cannot be used to present the project after its completion. For projects conducted in the United States, the range of awards is $500-$1000. For projects that include study and research abroad, the range of awards is $1000-$1500.
To be eligible, students must be English majors enrolled in at least three (3) credits of Senior Thesis Directed Study (681/682 or 691/692) with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA. Students are selected based on the strength of their academic record, the rigor and clarity of their proposal and senior thesis project, and having a defined and justifiable budget. Review of applications and grant selection will be conducted by the English Department Honors Committee. Notification of award status will be mailed to applicants within two to three weeks of the application deadline. A copy of the completed thesis must be submitted to the English Undergraduate Office where it will become part of the senior thesis resource library.
(Please note: Students may not receive an English Senior Thesis Grant for their research if it has been or will be supported by another university undergraduate research grant, such as a Hilldale Undergraduate Fellowship or a Senior Summer Thesis Honors Stipend.)
In order to apply, please complete and submit this application form, along with a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s senior thesis advisor, by the Fall (November 1) or Spring (April 1) deadline.