CEU Thesis Buddy Project

Quotes from alumni buddies

"I feel privileged that I have been offered the opportunity to assist a student as a Thesis Buddy." - Tibor Mezei (POLS '95)

"It’s a strange and stressful time for all of us, so just note I’m here for you if you need to discuss your topic, get through academic concerns, or simply just vent to someone and get some recommendations on what to watch." - Lucy Szemetova (NATI '19)

"As a GEMMA and CEU alumna, I know the pressure of thesis gets higher every minute starting from February/March. I am here for you and will try my best to be with you during this period." - 
Shehreen Ataur Khan (GENS '19)

"Overall, I'm quite happy to be involved with this initiative and I hope this grows further. More and more Universities should also follow this wonderful approach." - Raunaq Jaiswal (LEGS '20)

With teaching at CEU still online, students again find it increasingly difficult to focus on their academic work while also managing the emotional stress of isolation. But there’s something alumni can do to help!

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. 

In 2020, during the first wave of COVID-19 in Hungary and Austria, 45 alumni "buddies" were successfully paired with students. Read their story. This year we’re doing it again. Meet this year’s alumni buddies


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 and 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 a student or a buddy become 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. Alumni Thesis Buddies agree that their profiles (name, CEU affiliation, bio and picture) will be published on a dedicated CEU webpage.

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. 

HUGE thanks to everyone who signed up to volunteer this year! All students have been matched with a buddy. If you didn't get assigned this year, we'll keep you in the pool for next year.