The Senior Thesis is the culminating research project in Bancroft’s academic program. This 10- to 15-page essay challenges students to choose a topic for research, discover relevant facts and opinions available in print and online, and synthesize their research to support a thesis statement, or guiding argument. The Senior Thesis provides students with two opportunities: to complete an interesting and personally relevant intellectual journey, and to prepare themselves for the challenges they will face in college.
Students have chosen thesis topics as varied as racism in healthcare, genetic engineering, Baroque painting, Latin American magical realism, the rise of the caffeine culture, and the evolution of jazz.
With guidance from the School's librarians, students access the library's scholarly-level print and electronic resources, as well as the Worcester-area college libraries. English teachers spend one-on-one time with students throughout the research and writing process.
Ms. Merritt's English IV class created a movie to highlight their Senior Thesis topics and take-aways. The movie gives an idea of the broad range of topics that students cover and the reasons for their choices. Please click here to view the movie.
Each year, the Upper School honors a few select students with a Senior Thesis Award. Winning theses are presented below.
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