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.
HOW IT WORKS:
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.