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Senior Thesis

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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Jacob Freedman - 2017 Winner

Paris Jensen - 2017 Winner

Benjamin Salfeld - 2017 Winner

Alessandra Veinbachs - 2017 Winner

Jordan Papula — 2016 Senior Thesis Award Winner

Katherine Bovenzi — 2016 Finalist

Jesse Braith — 2016 Finalist

Abigail Fowler — 2016 Finalist

Kieran Sheldon — 2016 Finalist

Anqi Shen — 2016 Finalist

Rachel Walker — 2015 Senior Thesis Award Winner

Rhys Evans — 2015 Finalist

Katrina Lewis — 2015 Finalist

Katie Shaffert — 2015 Finalist

Hannah Zamore — 2015 Finalist

Emma Keates — 2014 Senior Thesis Award Winner

Aidan Cassidy — 2014 Finalist

Naomi Fischer — 2014 Finalist

Emma Fortier — 2014 Finalist

Genevieve Markees — 2014 Finalist

Nimisha Patil — 2013 Senior Thesis Award Winner

Edmund Brose — 2013 Finalist

Robert Donohue — 2013 Finalist

Jason Theoharis — 2013 Finalist

Collin Lapinsky — 2012 Senior Thesis Award Winner

Benjamin Cuba — 2012 Finalist

Rachel Hahn — 2012 Finalist

April Lo — 2012 Finalist

Calla Simeone — 2012 Finalist

Dana Spencer — 2012 Finalist

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