Andrea Martinez Dominguez thesis posterAndrea Martinez Dominguez '19 presents her thesis research at the Flatley CUSE students showcase.

Gender Studies undergraduate students produce original interdisciplinary research on a wide variety of topics. Primary and supplementary majors who choose the research track for their senior capstone experience complete their degrees by undertaking an independent research project in the form of a senior thesis or a capstone essay.


Primary majors who choose the research track pursue a year-long senior thesis project; supplementary majors write a capstone essay during the fall semester of their senior year. Both the senior thesis and the capstone essay are undertaken with the guidance and mentorship of a faculty advisor and second faculty reader, selected from the approximately 70 faculty affiliated with the Gender Studies Program.


Gender Studies students pursuing a senior thesis or capstone essay are eligible to apply for the Genevieve D. Willis Summer Research Grant, which awards up to $1,100 for expenses incurred during research, including but not limited to books, materials, and travel expenses.

Students may apply for research funding through the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts and the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Research, which offers workshops, advising, and presentation opportunities as well as financial support.

Publication and Presentation

Students are encouraged to submit their work for publication in Through Gendered Lenses, Triota’s journal of undergraduate research, and for consideration for the Program’s undergraduate writing awards. Students also have the opportunity to share their research at Gender Studies’ biennial undergraduate conference, held in the the spring semester of even-numbered years.