Alumni Thesis Buddies 2020-21

Founded in 2020, the Thesis Buddies Project was established to pair CEU students with alumni “buddies” to encourage and help them maintain focus to submit their thesis on time. 


Roles: A “thesis buddy” is a CEU alum who helps students through their thesis writing. Thesis Buddies do not substitute students’ official thesis supervisors, nor are they expected to provide significant feedback on the actual thesis topic. A Buddy's role is that of a support person, to check in with the student regularly, occasionally proofread, and help the students reach milestones and overcome writer’s block if necessary. More substantial feedback and proofing, by an alum with expertise on the subject, is welcome but not obligatory.

Duration: The project is expected to last until June 1, 2021 but can be extended by mutual agreement (e.g. if a thesis deadline extension is granted). If a Thesis Buddy can no longer support a student and needs to terminate the relationship earlier, the student and the Alumni Volunteer Programs Coordinator should be notified at least two weeks in advance. If your buddy becomes unresponsive, please notify the Alumni Volunteer Programs Coordinator. 

Assignment: Generally, students and alumni will be paired by CEU departments to provide the most relevant experience. While we will do our best, we cannot guarantee a complete match. Alumni and students will be informed via email of who their assigned “buddy” is and will be encouraged to get in touch with one another directly. By signing up for the project, all participants agree to their personal data (name, email, CEU affiliation) to be shared with all interested parties. 

Below are the profiles of the alumni who are volunteering as Thesis Buddies this year. Please note that while students can request a particular buddy on the sign-up form, the ultimate match will be made by the Alumni Relations Office. We will try to take everyone's request into consideration. See below and click on individual photos to see Thesis Buddies' full profiles. Then, sign up for yours. 

What to look for in a Thesis Buddy: While a Buddy who graduated from your department will look like the most obvious choice, make sure to read the buddy bios carefully for the following info:

1. Areas of academic interest/professional experience

2. Geographic region expertise

3. Some SPP graduates have completed a Passion Project instead of a thesis, which may be more relevant to some students than others

Frequency of check-ins: It is up to the student and their buddy to set up the frequency and mode of their check-ins. However, we recommend scheduling check-ins at least once a week. Work out a schedule that you can stick to and make adjustments as necessary.

Feedback: At the end of the project, the Alumni Relations Office will ask for short feedback from both students and alumni.

Ready to sign up for a Thesis Buddy? Fill out this form by April 11 and we will get back to you if there's a match! 

Adina Covaci (PHIL '15)

Alexandra Szabo (HIST ’18)

Anna Firsova (ENVS '02)

Arin Agich (NATI '19)

Arup Barua (SPP '20)

Borislav Buljic (NATI ’16)

Chad Poitras (IRES ’05)

Colleen McCrank (IRES ’09)

Dalma Demeter (LEGS '04 , '11)

Daniel Nigohosyan (POLS ’05)

Elena Popa (PHIL '16)

Esther Ebimoghan (LEGS ’20)

Ezgi Turker (POLS '17)

Gail Aguilar (LEGS '09)

Ivan Nikolovski (POLS ’17)

Jakub Kepinski (LEGS '10)

Kenan Idrizovic (LEGS ’13)

Levente Szinvai (ECBS '18)

Marco Gabbas (HIST '17)

Max Steuer (IR '15)

Nicha Watthanatidpong (IR '15)

Paule Gailiunaite (IR'20)

Pratik Phadkule (SPP ’15)

Raunaq Jaiswal (LEGS '20)

Rilwan Omar Massoud (POLS '16)

Ruxandra Trandafoiu (NATI '98)

Sadia Bakkar (LEGS '20)

Sharmin Jahan (ECBS '20)

Stefan Cibian (IRES ’12)

Tahir Herenda (LEGS '20)

Tibor Mezei (POLS '95)

Uchenna Emelonye (LEGS ’04)

Viswesh Rammohan (POLS '20)

Yusuke Ishikawa (POLS '20)

Zsofia Lorand (HIST '15)

Alexander Akbik (IR '16)

Ana Balkovic (POLS '14)

Anvarjon Rahmetov (POLS ’08)

Arpad Todor (POLS ’06)

Bat-Ulzii Enkhzul (ECBS '20)

Catalin Stanescu (LEGS ’11, ’15)

Cleve Arguelles (POLS '17)

Constanze Jeitler (HIST '17)

Dane Miller (MEDS '17)

Diksha Mahara (ECBS '18)

Eli Cloonan (IR ’18)

Eylem Tasdemir (GENS '17)

Gabor Holch (IRES ’98)

Gorkem Atsungur (DSPS '20)

Jacob Cherry (PHIL '20)

James Gresock (HIST '17)

Khadija Aftab (SPP '20)

Lucia Szemetova (NATI '19)

Matija Milos (LEGS '12)

Melissa Barton (ENVS '16)

Olena Podolian (POLS '07)

Petra Chaloupkova (NATI '11)

Raluca Popp (POLS '14)

Reka Blazsek (ECBS '19)

Rodrigo Peroni (GENS '17)

Sabina Raicu (LEGS '04)

Shannon O'Toole (IRES '15)

Shehreen Ataur Khan (GENS '19)

Sunna Kokkonen (IR '20)

Teodora Diana Chis (POLS '19)

Tibor Racz (ECBS '19)

Vinod Kumar (HIST '17)

Waqas Shabir (SPP '18)

Zane McNeill (POLS '18)