Advisor and Readers

Advisors 

All theses must have a primary thesis advisor and second reader. By October 15, in their seventh semester, honor candidates must submit to the department the name of a 2nd reader.  *please note the primary thesis advisor or the 2nd reader, but not both, may be outside of the MCM department. MCM Affliliated Faculty are considered part of the MCM faculty roster and don't count as "outside the department."

MCM Affiliated faculty are: Timothy Bewes (ENGL), Anthony Bogues (AFRI), John Cayley (LITR), Jacques Khalip (ENGL), Massimo Riva (ITAL), Richard Rambuss (ENGL), Rebecca Schneider (TAPS), Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg (COLT & ITAL) and Lingzhen Wang (EAST).

The respective responsibilities of the Primary Thesis Advisor and 2nd reader are outlined below.

Primary Thesis Advisor

  • Establishing work schedules with advisees and helping set deadlines for completed work
  • Meeting with advisee on regular basis
  • Helping plan and organize research
  • Reading research reports and drafts of chapter/stages of creative project
  • Approving final version of the written thesis/creative project
  • Submitting written reports summarizing assessment of the written thesis/creative project at the end of the 8th semester to the Undergraduate honors director

Second reader:

  • Establish their role after consultation with the advisor and advisee
  • May discuss research and read drafts of chapters/stages of creative project
  • Read and approve finished version of the written thesis/creative project
  • Submitting written reports summarizing assessment of the written thesis/creative project at the end of the 8th semester to the Undergraduate honors director


Evaluation of thesis

Readers' comments should include:

  • comments on the quality of written thesis/creative project
  • a brief description  of the student's goals in pursuing their project
  • evaluation of their success in achieving these goals
  • brief description and evaluation of the student's work in the concentration, if they are in a position to do so
  • The primary thesis advisor should include a grade with their comments