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Senior Essay Forums

Each year Yale seniors embark on a research process in preparing to write their senior essays. Over the course of many weeks and months they work closely with faculty, librarians, writing tutors, and others on campus. This year the Library is sponsoring two forums, structured as panel discussions, that will feature several senior essay writers who will talk about their research methods and processes.

Wednesday, April 22
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
(Students in History, Political Science, Women's Studies and Physics)

Thursday, April 23
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
(Students in History and Political Science)

The discussions will be in held in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 128 Wall Street.

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The goal of these forums is to give juniors, faculty, and others on campus who support student research and writing a chance to hear how senior essay writers do the following: 1) formulate their research interest and questions; 2) seek help from the library, museums and special collections, faculty and other support units on campus; 3) find resources to support their argument; and 4) carry out the research process to complete the senior essay. These forums will offer insights for improving services and support for student research. Additionally, they will give seniors their first opportunity to enter the scholarly communication cycle through sharing their research and engaging in dialog about their projects.

Each year, the Library gives out several prizes to senior essay writers. The Applebaum Award is conferred on a Yale College senior for an outstanding essay based on research done in the collections of the University Library's Government Documents & Information Center. Manuscripts and Archives offers two student prizes each year: one is awarded for an outstanding senior essay on Yale; and the second is awarded for an outstanding senior essay based on research done in Manuscripts and Archives. To learn more about these prizes please visit, www.library.yale.edu/prizes/.