Oxford theses

The Bodleian Libraries’ thesis collection holds every DPhil thesis deposited at the University of Oxford since the degree began in its present form in 1917. Our oldest theses date from the early 1920s. We also have substantial holdings of MLitt theses, for which deposit became compulsory in 1953, and MPhil theses.

Since 2007 it has been a mandatory requirement for students to deposit an electronic copy of their DPhil thesis in the Oxford University Research Archive (ORA) , in addition to the deposit of a paper copy – the copy of record. Since the COVID pandemic, the requirement of a paper copy has been removed and the ORA copy has become the copy of record. Hardcopy theses are now only deposited under exceptional circumstances. 

ORA provides full-text PDF copies of most recent DPhil theses, and some earlier BLitt/MLitt theses. Find out more about Oxford Digital Theses, and depositing with ORA .

Finding Oxford theses

The following theses are catalogued on SOLO (the University libraries’ resource discovery tool) :

  • DPhil and BLitt and MLitt theses
  • BPhil and MPhil theses 
  • Science theses

SOLO collates search results from several sources.

How to search for Oxford theses on SOLO

To search for theses in the Oxford collections on SOLO :

  • navigate to the SOLO homepage
  • click on the 'Advanced Search' button
  • click the 'Material Type' menu and choose the 'Dissertations' option
  • type in the title or author of the thesis you are looking for and click the 'Search' button.

Also try an “Any field” search for “Thesis Oxford” along with the author’s name under “creator” and any further “Any field” keywords such as department or subject. 

Searching by shelfmarks

If you are searching using the shelfmark, please make sure you include the dots in your search (e.g. D.Phil.). Records will not be returned if they are left out.

Oxford University Research Archive (ORA)

ORA was established in 2007 as a permanent and secure online archive of research produced by members of the University of Oxford. It is now mandatory for students completing a research degree at the University to deposit an electronic copy of their thesis in this archive. 

Authors can select immediate release on ORA, or apply a 1-year or 3-year embargo period. The embargo period would enable them to publish all or part of their research elsewhere if they wish. 

Theses held in ORA are searchable via  SOLO , as well as external services such as EThOS and Google Scholar. For more information, visit the Oxford digital theses guide , and see below for guidance on searching in ORA.

Search for Oxford theses on ORA

Type your keywords (title, name) into the main search box, and use quotes (“) to search for an exact phrase.

Refine your search results using the drop-downs on the left-hand side. These include:

  • item type (thesis, journal article, book section, etc.)
  • thesis type (DPhil, MSc, MLitt, etc.)
  • subject area (History, Economics, Biochemistry, etc.)
  • item date (as a range)
  • file availability (whether a full text is available to download or not)

You can also increase the number of search results shown per page, and sort by relevance, date and file availability. You can select and export records to csv or email. 

Select hyperlinked text within the record details, such as “More by this author”, to run a secondary search on an author’s name. You can also select a hyperlinked keyword or subject. 

Other catalogues

Card catalogue  .

The Rare Books department of the Weston Library keeps an author card index of Oxford theses. This includes all non-scientific theses deposited between 1922 and 2016. Please ask Weston Library staff for assistance.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses

You can use ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global  to find bibliographic details of Oxford theses not listed on SOLO. Ask staff in the Weston Library’s Charles Wendall David Reading Room for help finding these theses. 

Search for Oxford theses on ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global

Basic search.

The default Basic search page allows for general keyword searches across all indexes using "and", "and not", "and or" to link the keywords as appropriate. Click on the More Search Options tab for specific title, author, subject and institution (school) searches, and to browse indexes of authors, institutions and subjects. These indexes allow you to add the word or phrase recognised by the database to your search (ie University of Oxford (United Kingdom), not Oxford University).

Advanced search

The Advanced search tab (at the top of the page) enables keyword searching in specific indexes, including author, title, institution, department, adviser and language. If you are unsure of the exact details of thesis, you can use the search boxes on this page to find it by combining the key information you do have.

Search tools

In both the Basic and Advanced search pages you can also limit the search by date by using the boxes at the bottom. Use the Search Tools advice in both the Basic and Advanced pages to undertake more complex and specific searches. Within the list of results, once you have found the record that you are interested in, you can click on the link to obtain a full citation and abstract. You can use the back button on your browser to return to your list of citations.

The Browse search tab allows you to search by subject or by location (ie institution). These are given in an alphabetical list. You can click on a top-level subject to show subdivisions of the subject. You can click on a country location to show lists of institutions in that country. At each level, you can click on View Documents to show lists of individual theses for that subject division or from that location.

In Browse search, locations and subject divisions are automatically added to a basic search at the bottom of the page. You can search within a subject or location by title, author, institution, subject, date etc, by clicking on Refine Search at the top of the page or More Search Options at the bottom of the page.

Where are physical Oxford theses held?

The Bodleian Libraries hold all doctoral theses and most postgraduate (non-doctoral) theses for which a deposit requirement is stipulated by the University:

  • DPhil (doctoral) theses (1922 – 2021)
  • Bachelor of Divinity (BD) theses
  • BLitt/MLitt theses (Michaelmas Term 1953 – 2021)
  • BPhil and MPhil theses (Michaelmas Term 1977 – 2021)

Most Oxford theses are held in Bodleian Offsite Storage. Some theses are available in the libraries; these are listed below.

Law Library

Theses submitted to the Faculty of Law are held at the Bodleian Law Library .

Vere Harmsworth Library

Theses on the United States are held at the Vere Harmsworth Library .

Social Science Library

The Social Science Library holds dissertations and theses selected by the departments it supports. 

The list of departments and further information are available in the Dissertations and Theses section of the SSL webpages. 

Locations for Anthropology and Archaeology theses

The Balfour Library holds theses for the MPhil in Material and Visual Anthropology and some older theses in Prehistoric Archaeology.

The Art, Archaeology and Ancient World Library holds theses for MPhil in Classical Archaeology and MPhil in European Archaeology.

Ordering Oxford theses

Theses held in Bodleian Offsite Storage are consulted in the Weston Library. The preferred location is the Charles Wendell David Reading Room ; they can also be ordered to the Sir Charles Mackerras Reading Room .

Find out more about requesting a digitised copy, copyright restrictions and copying from Oxford theses .

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Theses outside Oxford

Searchable abstracts of theses & dissertations from around the world are available via   ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global  - many are available for full text download.

The  EThoS  service from the British Library contains information about UK doctoral theses and there is increasing availability of full-text downloads, which are available once a library or individual has paid for digitisation.

Oxford University theses are not available in full online format via EThos but some are available in ORA  (the Oxford Research Archive) - these will show in your SOLO search results, you do not need to search ORA separately.

Copyright and dissertations & theses

When consulting an Oxford thesis or dissertation recognise that the copyright of the thesis rests with the author and that no quotation from it or information derived from it may be published without the prior consent of the author.

A thesis or dissertation is an unpublished work therefore no copyright exceptions apply which let you copy. However, for the MSc dissertations held in the Education Library, the authors have agreed to permit limited copying of their thesis by individuals (no more than 5% or one chapter) for personal research use. 

Obtaining copies of or from Oxford dissertations & theses

Dphil theses.

Copying from an Oxford thesis, even of a single page, may require the author's written permission. For more information about the copyright of Oxford theses and how to obtain copies of or from an Oxford thesis please follow the links or  ask us .

MSc dissertations

Limited copying is possible (no more than 5% or one chapter) for personal research use. No quotation or information derived from an MSc dissertation may be published without the written consent of the author of the dissertation. The Higher Degrees office may be able to help you wish to contact an author, but usually you can find possible contact details via an internet search.

Theses & dissertations

To find theses and dissertations in oxford.

On SOLO - just add the word thesis  to your searches. For instance, if you search for oxford thesis education  and then use the Resource Type filter to choose Theses (Oxford) , you will get a large selection of theses & dissertations on educational topics. The results will include both Masters dissertations and Doctoral theses and come from various departments including the Department of Education.

If you add "department of education*"  then the search will bring back theses & dissertations produced in the Department of Education prior to 2020. The asterisk at the end of 'education*' ensures the results will include older theses dissertations from when the Department was called Educational Studies. NB. More recent dissertations are not tagged with information about the Department

You could try adding particular research methods, but be aware that most older dissertations have not been catalogued with any information about research methods used. 

A growing number of Oxford theses & dissertations are available online. These will be included in the results of your SOLO searches once the thesis or dissertation has been deposited into ORA . You can also search ORA directly using course codes, e.g. ALSLA, CIE2021 etc.

  • Theses submitted recently may take a while to be processed and to appear on SOLO - you may need to check back periodically to see new additions.

MSc Dissertations in the Education Library

On the open shelves in the Education Library you will find older printed copies of MSc Education, ALSLA and ALLT dissertations. Some years we were able to indicate which dissertations which received distinctions by marking these with a red dot on the spine. Please note that very few dissertations are available from 2020 as the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic meant the requirement for students to submit a hard copy was waived (and only a few students chose to submit online copies to the library). Since 2021 dissertations are primarily submitted online with optional donation of a hard copy to the library shelves. Submission is voluntary so the library does not have every dissertation submitted each year.

MSc dissertations are shelved on the far wall of the Front Reading Room. These are for consultation in the library only and cannot be borrowed.

MSc dissertations are grouped first by course, e.g. ALSLA, Higher Education, and within each course are arranged alphabetically by author’s surname.

To search for MSc dissertations on SOLO type:   "department  of education*"  thesis M.Sc.  using the  Oxford Collections  search filter. Most of the results will be our dissertations.

You could also include author surnames or keywords in your search.

A list of the titles, authors and supervisors of the more recent Department of Education MSc Education and ALSLA dissertations is available from this page. A printed list is also available within the library.

Older MSc dissertations are stored offsite in the Collections Storage Facility. They can be requested to the Education Library (or any other Bodleian Library) and consulted there (not borrowed). 

MSc dissertations from other courses

MSc Learning & Teaching (MLT), MSc Teacher Education (MTed), MSc Educational Assessment (MEA) and MSc Medical Education (MedEd)  students are asked to submit an online copy of their dissertation. Exemplar dissertations are chosen to be made available online via  ORA  - simply type the course code, e.g.  MLT

Lists of recent theses & dissertations

  • List of departmental DPhil theses Updated Dec 2023
  • Departmental MSc Education & ALSLA dissertations in print A list of which dissertations from our full time courses are available in the library. Updated Dec 2021
  • MSc dissertations on ORA A list of MSc Education, ALSLA and ALLT dissertations available online. Updated May 2024.
  • List of recommended MSc dissertations and DPhil theses Recommended by supervisors across the Departent of Education. Updated Oct 2021

Please note that very few dissertations are available from 2020.

DPhil Theses

DPhil theses are stored offsite in the Collections Storage Facility. They can be requested to the Weston Library and consulted there (not borrowed).

To search for departmental DPhil theses on SOLO  type:  "department  of education*" thesis D Phil  using the  Oxford Collections  search filter.

Note that it is important to include a space between the 'D' and the 'Phil'. You could also include author surnames or keywords in your search.

In recent years DPhil candidates have been required to deposit an online copy of their thesis with ORA. These can be found via SOLO . Occasionally a thesis may be embargoed so that the full text is not available for a few years.

A list of the titles, authors and supervisors of the more recent Department of Education DPhil theses is available from this page. A printed list is also available within the library.

Supervisors in the Department have also made a short list of ‘recommended theses’ that students can draw on for inspiration about layout, format and more substantive issues. The list includes some DPhil and MSc theses with the reason for recommendation, e.g. substantive, methodological, well written etc.

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Writing a Thesis or Dissertation

A course for students who are either writing, or preparing to write, a dissertation or thesis for their degree course at oxford, intensive course timetable: trinity term 2024.

Enrolment will close at 12 noon on Thursday of Week 8 of term (13 June 2024).

To ensure that we have time to set you up with access to our Virtual Learning Environment (Canvas), please make sure you have enrolled and paid no later than five working days before your course starts. 

MT = Michaelmas Term (October - December); HT = Hilary Term (January - March); TT = Trinity Term (April-June)

Course Timetable: Trinity Term 2024

Enrolment will close at 12 noon on Wednesday of Week 1 of term (24 January 2024).

Course overview

This course is designed for students who are either writing, or preparing to write, a dissertation or thesis for their degree course at Oxford. Each lesson focuses on a different part of the thesis/dissertation/articles (Introductions, Literature Reviews, Discussions etc.), as well as the expected structure and linguistic conventions. Building upon the foundational understanding provided by our other Academic English courses (particularly Introduction to Academic Writing and Grammar, and Key Issues), this course prepares students for the challenges of organising, writing and revising a thesis or dissertation.

Learning outcomes

  • Gain an understanding of the different organisational structures used within Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences dissertations and theses
  • Consider works of previous Oxford students in order to understand the common structural, linguistic and stylistic issues that arise when drafting a research project
  • Increase competence in incorporating citations into texts, including choosing appropriate tenses and reporting verbs   
  • Learn how to structure the various parts of a dissertation or thesis (Introduction, Literature Review, Discussion, Conclusion and Abstract)

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For Learners with an Oxford University SSO (Single Sign-On) simply click on the enrol button next to the class that you wish to join. 

For Learners without an Oxford University SSO, or who are not members of the University, once enrolment opens , please email  [email protected]  with the following details:

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We will then provisionally enrol you onto the course and send you a link to the Oxford University Online Store for payment. Once payment is received we will confirm your place on the course. Please note that we will be unable to assist you until enrolment has opened, so please do not send us your enrolment details in advance.

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  • Taught in Weeks 2-8 of term
  • Seminars per week: 1
  • Length of seminar: 2 hours
  • Academic English tutor will provide all materials

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  • One week intensive course
  • Taught in week 9 of term (Monday - Friday)
  • Number of classes throughout the week: 5
  • Length of class: 2-3 hours
  • Total hours of tuition over the week: 14

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LaTeX and similar tools follow a “what you see is what you mean” model, unlike Microsoft Word, which is “what you see is what you get”. When you’re starting a new section in a LaTeX document, you don’t click bold and increase the font size. Instead, you type \section , and the engine automatically assigns a section number and format, updates the table of contents, and even adds within-document links. This all sounds complicated, but if you’ve written HTML, you know the idea. (Word power-users will reply that Word has similar tricks up its sleeve. This is true, but LaTeX explicitly separates text from layout, preventing a lot of the “gremlins” that creep into Word documents.)

Of course, this paradigm creates a significant disconnect between the text you type and the beautiful PDF document that results. This is where a good template comes in. It defines everything from how the title page is laid out to what the page header looks like in the bibliography. For a LaTeX user (and anyone writing a document as long as a thesis should be), a good template is everything. I was lucky enough to find a template that Sam Evans adapted for social sciences use based on the original maths template by Keith Gillow . I wound up making my own modifications, and re-packaged the template for posterity.

Download the Oxford thesis template here .

If you prefer, you can also view on GitHub .

Some of the features of this template are:

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Fantastic chapter pages. The template retains Sam Evans’s use of the quotchap and minitoc packages to (optionally) include an epigraph and brief table of contents at the beginning of each chapter. I found this a great way to inject a bit of personality into the thesis (via the epigraph) and ensure that my reader wasn’t getting lost (table of contents). My modifications cleaned up some of the spacing, ensuring single-spaced tables and slightly more compact chapter headings.

Table of Contents refinements. Careful attention was paid to spacing and page headings in the table of contents as well as other heading sections. This can get tricky in documents using lots of packages. This template also inserts an “Appendices” page (and ToC entry) between chapters and appendices.

Table of abbreviations. Many science and engineering theses use lots of abbreviations. Humanities and social sciences theses often need glossaries. While there are some dedicated LaTeX classes that meet these needs in complex cases, I decided to create a simple list environment to handle the routine cases.

Highlighted corrections. Most Oxford theses go through a round of corrections, as time-honored a tradition as the viva itself. Minor corrections generally just involve sending a PDF of your revised thesis to your internal examiner. (Major corrections often require a more exacting process.) This class allows you to designate text (or figures, etc) as a correction. You can then toggle between generating a document in which these corrections are highlighted in blue (ideal for sending to your examiner for a quick read-through) and just printing them without any adornment (for generating your final copy).

Page layout, draft, and spacing options. In a few keystrokes, you can switch between a double-spaced, single-sided, binding-margin document (ideal for submission), a 1.5-spaced, double-sided document (for your parents’ copy), or a version with equal left and right margins (for submitting as a PDF). An optional draft notice (with date) can be included in the footer — just remember to turn it off before submitting!

Master’s thesis title page. Some masters’ degrees require title pages with a candidate number and word count rather than a name and college, to ensure anonymity for the examinees. They also require a statement of authenticity / originality on the title page. This template has a quick option to switch to this master’s submission format. And, just as importantly, it can be turned off when you want to print a version for yourself.

Posted 12 Jul 2015 by John McManigle in Technical

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Thanks very much to you and Sam Evans for developing this! I’m hoping to use it (or a slightly modified version) for my MSc thesis this year.

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Fantastic! I wonder if it would be worth putting this on GitHub or similar, so that as people make/suggest modifications, others can make use of it… Out of curiosity, what did you decide to modify?

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Did this ever go on github or no?

After much delay, it has been uploaded to GitHub at mcmanigle/OxThesis .

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Thanks very much for this. it’s amazing. I am trying to change the titles of the chapters though to align left rather than right..how do I do that? I have been trying all day!

Hi Anne, So unfortunately left-aligning chapter titles isn’t an option that the quotchap package (which my class uses to format chapter titles) contains by default. Which doesn’t mean what you’re asking for is impossible, just that it’s a little clumsy.

Probably the easiest way is to insert the following block of code in Oxford_Thesis.tex just above the line that says %%%%% THE ACTUAL DOCUMENT STARTS HERE (ie on line 97).

This should redefine the chapter-heading command to move both the grey number and the chapter title to the left side of the page. Hope it helps!

Thanks very much for this. With a bit of a clumsier tweak from me the script did exactly what I wanted as I also needed the “Chapter” word before the number.

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It is the most beautiful template which I have referred. But I would like to use “Chapter 1” instead of only number. HOW can I do, please? I am the beginner in Latex

Hi Le, Probably the easiest way is to insert the following block of code in Oxford_Thesis.tex just above the line that says %%%%% THE ACTUAL DOCUMENT STARTS HERE (ie on line 97).

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Hi John, great code! I’m having difficulty changing the position of the page numbers. I would like for the number to always be at the bottom centre of the page… Thanks in advance!

Hi Sandra, So sorry for the delay in responding! Add the following lines to Oxford_Thesis.tex just before THE ACTUAL DOCUMENT STARTS HERE (ie line 97):

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Hi John, thanks a lot! Well, the only problem for me is that my computer doesn’t seem to be able to find the figures/beltcrest.pdf file, so it’s always an empty square where the logo is supposed to be inserted..

Interesting… Is the figures/beltcrest.pdf file in the directory with the rest of your thesis? If you just download the thesis file, unzip it, and compile it, does the logo appear? I’m afraid this is one of those problems that’s probably specific to how the files are laid out on your computer, so you might be better off bribing a technically-minded friend to figure it out. I can’t debug it well without being at your computer…

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Hi John, thank you for sharing this brilliant template, I’ll be using it for my MSc dissertation. I have removed the quote and want the Section header i.e ‘Chapter 1’ to start where the quote started instead of mid page, can you assist ?

Hi William, Apologies for the late reply! There are no doubt more “correct” answers to this question in terms of modifying the chapter headings entirely, but the simplest answer to your question is to insert the following line:

into Oxford_Thesis.tex just above the line that reads THE ACTUAL DOCUMENT STARTS HERE (ie on line 97 in the template version). You can adjust the “-80pt” to your heart’s content. For your reference, setting it to (+) 40pt will match how the template already is. Setting it to 0 will leave a generous top margin that you might find looks appropriate even without a quote. But do play with it!

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Hello John, thanks for the template. How do I add my bibtex database i.e the reference list to my document?

I’m afraid there are so many different ways to configure BibTeX and other reference managers for LaTeX that I’m not able to provide help on any in particular. It also tends to involve pretty individual help depending on your setup. This template should work with whatever your preferred LaTeX referencing setup is, so I suggest getting in-person help from someone at your uni who has done it before.

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I was wondering how I could decrease the upper margin of the title page so that there is more space for additional subtitles below. Thank you for the amazing template!

Apologies for the late reply! Assuming you are writing a DPhil thesis, add a line to ociamthesis.cls after line 217 ( \begin{center} ) that adds a negative vertical space. Try: \vspace*{-3cm} . That section of the file would then look like:

If you are writing a master’s thesis, you should instead change line 201 ( \vspace*{-3ex} ) to have a larger space. Try -3cm .

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Thank you; and how do I then add a subtitle in a smaller font?

There are “better” ways to do this in order to actually modify the template to expect a subtitle, but for quick results you can modify the line where the title goes (line 76 in Oxford_Thesis.tex) to instead be two lines:

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Hi, thanks so much for publishing this!

I can’t figure some things out, though: 1. I was wondering is there a way for the examples not to start from 1 with the beginning of every chapter? This seems to be happening because of the chapters being in their separate .tex files. 2. There seems to be something weird happening with some of the formatting when I have a figure, a table or a big example. The text gets spread out. The LaTeX community online suggests adding \raggedbottom to the preamble but it does not seem to work. Any suggestions?

1. I didn’t use Examples myself; can you show me what your command is to start an example? That will help me answer this question.

2. Yes, raggedbottom will fix this, at the expense of not having the bottoms of your pages line up neatly. Instead of adding it to the preamble, change line 193 of Oxford_Thesis.tex (just before chapters are included) from \flushbottom to \raggedbottom .

Dear John, thanks so much for your answer.

It’s a linguistics thesis so I’m using \ex. and \exg.

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Hi, thanks for the template. I am using the original maths template.

Can you please help me to figure out to add a Glossary and a List of Publications in the preamble before ending the Roman pages?

Thanks, Rahman

Hi Rahman, I’m afraid that providing individual help for someone working with a different template is something the hospital keeps me too busy to do. I would suggest that looking at the relevant code in my template (specifically the text/abbreviations.tex file and lines 354 to 368 of ociamthesis.cls ), which will hopefully set you on the right track!

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Hello there, Just wanted to know what the font style was called for your thesis?

The template uses the Computer Modern font , which is the default in LaTeX and is widely used in technical publishing (partially for this reason).

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Thank you for the great template. I guess the font size that is used is 12. How can I change it? I tried to pass the parameter to \documentclass as follows: \documentclass[a4paper,twoside,12pt]{ociamthesis} but it does not seem to be working.

Hi Salah, You’ll need to change that on line 13 of ociamthesis.cls

Hope it helps!

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I am a bit confused as google returned to me another file with the same name first. https://www.maths.ox.ac.uk/members/it/faqs/latex/thesis-class

Why is the same material distributed at different places, with different versions and a clear copyright and license note? As there is no copyright and license, people in most jurisdictions are not allowed to make any changes to ociamthesis.cls.

Hi Johannes,

You are of course absolutely right; without a clear license it is very difficult to confidently make and distribute changes. I have had personal communication with Keith Gillow (author of the original maths template) who said “From my perspective you are very welcome to use and adjust this as the others have done before you, and also feel free to put it on github etc.” and Sam Evans (who modified it for social sciences use) who said “I’m also totally fine for this code to be as open as possible and live freely on the net.”

With that permission, Diego Vitali has adapted the same to suit the Roehampton University standard, which he published under a GNU license. Danny Price has developed a LyX version which is on Github with a statement stating “use responsibly” without specifying a license.

Given Keith Gillow and Sam Evans’ statements, I feel comfortable releasing this under an MIT license, and will update the files accordingly. Will also take this opportunity to upload to Github so that people can suggest updates and pull requests more easily.

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Running BibTex, i consistently get an error: “I found no \bibstyle command—while reading Oxford_Thesis.aux”

Any advice?

There are a couple of different processing programs that “do” bibliographies in LaTeX. Some of the more popular are with bibtex and biber. Some of the differences are described here: https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/25701/bibtex-vs-biber-and-biblatex-vs-natbib

This template is currently designed to use biber, since it is growing in popularity and is easier to make custom changes to without learning a whole new language. Most LaTeX packages should have an option to run biber, but more technical advice can be found here: https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/26516/how-to-use-biber

Of course, if you prefer natbib (the older / more traditional way of doing things) feel free to modify the template as necessary, particularly around lines 47-57.

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Hello, I have an issue, I am not able to find how to display the bibliography in this oxford template, how can I display it? Besides, I have citation but it is just like “nih_ct_2017” how can I add the [].

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Hi John! Thank you very much for opening up this template for others but I seem to have an error from it when trying to compile the bibtex as it is from the download, that says

– no \citation commands – no \bibdata commands – no \bibstyle commands

These usually come up if end \end{document} was too early, but I can see that is not the case. I just wondered if this problem had come up for anyone else and whether you might know what has gone wrong / what I am doing wrong? I am running it from texmaker.

Further to my last message, I discovered that it’s a problem with the preset compile commands I was using in TexMaker. Thanks!

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Hi John, I’m having the same issue. What did you change?

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Hi, this is a great template! My only question is how do I adjust the font to Times New Roman and the line spacing of all text to 1.5x line spacing? Also, is there a way to include the Supervisor Name on the Title Page?

Thank you in advance,

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I have stumbled across this having already written my masters dissertation. I would like to make my title page the same as the one in yours, but I have not managed to figure out how to do so. Any help would be appreciated! :)

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Just wanted to say thank you for sharing this template with the wider community. I’ve used a modified version of yours and I’ll be submitting my thesis next week.

I hope this message isn’t considered as spam.

Really! Thanks a lot! Much appreciated. Keep up the good work.

Cheers, Deyan

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Hi John, thank you so much for this brilliant template which is making my PhD life much easier! I’m stuck with trying to compile individual chapters (e.g. for submitting a chapter to a supervisor etc). I’m trying \includeonly{chaptername} after the documentclass but for some reason that is giving me only the bibliography! I’ve also tried commenting out the \include commands for individual chapters but that would typeset, e.g., chapter 5 as chapter 1. Can you assist?

Hi John, I managed to solve the problem in my last post – please ignore! I was wondering, however, how one could add in a `part’ structure above the chapter structure (i.e. Part 1 / chapter 1, 2, 3, Part 2 / chapter 4 5 6 or similar) – assistance would be greatly appreciated!

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Hi, Thank you so much for this template. May I ask how to change the option of double space and 1.5 space please? Thanks

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Hi John, Many thanks for this! I’m having trouble with the Bibtex as John Ylang had written previously. However, I’ve checked my preset compilers and all seems to be correct, yet I’m still getting error messages with bibtex: – no \citation commands – no \bibdata commands – no \bibstyle commands

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Many, many thanks for this template, it is so helpful. I am submitting my thesis in the form of journal articles for the different chapters. I was wondering if you could advise how I can create a small reference list per chapter (including only those references cited in that chapter)? Is it possible to also change the sub-section numbering within different chapters?

Thank you so very much, Isabel

Hi John, is the template still working? I installed TexWorks today and most of the template works apart from the bibliography/references – this is when trying to compile leaving everything unchanged from when it was unzipped.

The log shows: I found no \citation commands—while reading file Oxford_Thesis.aux I found no \bibdata command—while reading file Oxford_Thesis.aux I found no \bibstyle command—while reading file Oxford_Thesis.aux

…and all the citations are undefined. Not sure what’s going on here.

Update: I fixed the referencing problem using the following. You need to select Biber instead of Bibtex. From stackexchange:

“I’m a TeXstudio user and whenever I receive this error message, it’s because I’ve changed the default bibliography tool from biber to bibtex.

To change it back, I have to do Options > Configure TeXstudio > Build > Default Bibliography Tool and the process works again.

Even if this answer never helps anyone else ever, it’ll at least be good for me to have this here as a aide memoire next times this happens!”

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Thanks so much for making this available, I really like it! I’m new to latex and am trying to work out the best way of adding a list of equations. This seems like the kind of thing people would do all the time but I can’t seem to get anything to work. Any suggestions?

Cheers, Suzanne

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Thank you for the template, great job! However, as many complained about it, the refences page is missing. Is there anyone who can display the references page? I have experience with Latex, I worked on it a lot but still no results.

Hi and thank you very much for this template.

I wonder how I could fit in a subheading below the title on the front page, in a slightly smaller fonts size?

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The template is great, but I can’t seem to change the font size to 14, where do I control this?

On line 19 of ociamthesis.cls, change “12pt” to “14pt”.

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Thanks for this amazing template!

However what can I do to remove the empty page that occurs before each new chapter?

Masters are page count constrained so everyone counts!

I believe the “empty page that occurs before each new chapter” is added automatically to make sure each new chapter starts on the right-hand page in double-sided page layouts. So it will only be added if the new chapter would otherwise start on a left-facing page. In Oxford_Thesis.tex, look at lines 25-30. Specifically, you should probably add a percent sign at the beginning of line 26 and remove the one at the beginning of line 28 to change to one-sided binding, like so:

If you do want two-sided binding, but with chapters allowed to start on either side, change line 26 to:

Again, thank you for your continued help.

I am mostly using \parencite and \textcite for my citations. I am wondering when using multiple citations within the same parentheses, can I tell latex to order them? I would want them to be ordered, starting with the oldest publication.

Thank you, JOD

Hi, sorting of citations, and especially sorting them differently in the bibliography vs the in-text citations, is a big rabbit hole that you can dive down here if your resolve is firm.

Probably / hopefully the easiest solution (if you are using biblatex/biber for your bibliography, which is currently the default in the template) is:

  • look at whichever of line 55 or 59 in Oxford_Thesis.tex, beginning with \usepackage[style= , that does not have a % starting it
  • find the list of arguments between square brackets
  • you’ll notice either sorting=none or sorting=nyt or some other option controls how the bibliography is sorted. (‘nyt’ means first by author Name, then by Year, then by Title. ‘none’ means in order of appearance in your text.)
  • add the option (with a comma between options) sortcites=false . This will continue sorting the bibliography as described above, but will order the in-text multiple citation groups in whatever order you type them in the latex file.

The advantage of this solution is that it’s simple enough to type out here. The disadvantage is that it doesn’t really sort your in-text citations by year, it just doesn’t sort them, so whatever order you type is what you get.

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first of all thanks a lot for this amazing template. I’m using it currently for my master thesis in physics.

I have tinkered around and modified some things to my needs, but I am struggeling with one modification: I want a “List of Symbols” in my thesis. You already provided a list of abbrevations with two rows. For my List of Symbols I want an additional row, i.e. Symbol, Description, Unit. It should look like this:

h . . . . . Hight of tower [m]

Is there a way to modify the existing mclistof environment to achieve that, i.e. just add a row to the right?

Best regards, Tom

I make no promises, but try adding to ociamthesis.cls (I suggest around line 375, after the mclistof environment):

Then, you should be able to make the kind of list you’re asking for with a block like this in one of your text files:

Let me know how it goes!

Thanks a lot for your quick response. The proposed code works just as I wanted it to work. Thanks a lot for your help.

I am currently trying to cut words in my thesis; is it possible to change the references to

example: (Weber, 2010:5) ?

That would save me two words for each citation.

Thank you and best regards.

Also, currently my compiler (Overleaf) recognises this

urldate = {2019-05-01}

as citing it as (visited on 05/01/2019), while I want it to be

(visited on 01/05/2019)

Can I change that?

Yes, that is possible, but I don’t have any special knowledge on it. Assuming you are using biblatex (the default bibliography formatter used in the template), there are examples of many pre-defined styles here .

Basic ideas about customizing styles in more detail (which can get pretty complicated) are here , with one example here . If you decide to go this route, this cheatsheet might help.

Good luck! John

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Hello, Thanks so much for the amazing template. I’m currently struggling with recurrent Overfull \hbox errors in my section and subsection headers. If I insert a hypen or line break then this looks odd in my mini-toc. Is there a away to get round this? Perhaps by reducing the size of the section and subsection font?

Many thanks! Cat

So I can get an idea of what kind of errors you’re seeing, would you give an example or two of section or subsection headers you are using? (I’m trying to figure out if they are just long phrases, or very long single words, or what?)

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Hi John, thank you so much for the template! Just prepping for hard copy bod submission and wondering how to remove page numbers from the blank pages between chapters? Thanks in advance!

The blank pages between chapters are there to make sure that chapters open on right-hand facing pages when printing a two-sided thesis. If you want to remove them entirely, you can change “openright” on line 19 of ociamthesis.cls to “openany” (best if you are doing two-sided printing but want to be able to start a chapter on either side of the book), or switch to one of the one-sided binding options around line 25-30 of Oxford_Thesis.tex.

If you want the blank pages to be there, but want them to be truly blank, insert the following code to Oxford_Thesis.tex. I suggest adding it right after \begin{document} (around line 106):

For more details, look here and here .

Brilliant, that’s worked, thank you John! Really appreciate your help :-)

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Hi John – thank you for the template! I have an issue with some very long captions which run off the bottom boundary of the page. I would like to split them onto the next page (ideally on the page facing the figure, but overleaf would be fine too). I have tried putting the caption in a separate float but this doesn’t always appear immediately after the figure and it disrupts the figure numbering. Any suggestions would be great – thanks in advance!

There are a few different types of solution to this problem; I assume you’ve done a bit of googling already. The two I would suggest trying are:

Option 1, adapted from here , is to forego the float environment entirely and just do everything inline. The caption package (which Oxford_Thesis already includes) provides the \captionof command to facilitate this. The disadvantage is that without a float environment, you’ll have to put the figure exactly where you want it in text, so if you change the text around the figure, or change page layout or line spacing, you may have to move the picture manually to put it in the correct place on the page. Code to insert a figure would look like this:

Option 2, adapted from here , is to split the image/caption across two floats like you’ve been trying to do. I think that by using the [h] , [t] , and/or [b] options to the float environment judiciously you would be able to get good luck at where things appear. Try this to place your image:

If you want to be super fancy, you can throw this into Oxford_Thesis.tex , ideally just before \begin{document} :

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Hi John – this is great. Thank you very much! Option 2 worked for me with some careful placement parameters. I really appreciate it :)

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Is there any experience using the glossaries or acronym package together with this template?

Adding to oriamthesis.cls:


and to Oxford_Thesis.tex:

\makeglossaries \loadglsentries{text/frontmatter/glossary}

, then implementing glossary items in the chapters seems to break the PDFLateX compilation process. It gives a ” File ended while scanning use of \field.” error.

I don’t personally have any experience using these packages, but usually that error means that either you are missing a closing brace } somewhere, or that you have a percent sign % in your text, possibly hiding in a bibliography file. Remember that in LaTeX, a percent sign begins a comment, so if you have a line like:

\newglossaryentry{spec}{name={specificity},description={a measure of false positive rate, expressed in %}}

The % sign will prevent LaTeX from seeing the closing braces (as they will be a comment). You need to “escape” the percent sign by using \% instead.

Hi again, John.

I am trying to remove hyphenation from my section and sub-section titles. Nearly all the titles longer than one line are hyphenated, often very awkwardly.

I tried adding \usepackage[raggedright]{titlesec} to the preamble. This works but it breaks the chapter pages: instead of the nice grey number, it outputs eg., “Chapter 1”. I guess this is something to do with quotchap.

Is there a way to make section and subsection left flush (or at least change the tolerance) without affecting the chapter pages?

Thanks very much!

I’m a bit embarrassed to admit this, but after trying for a few minutes, I can’t figure out a chapter title that will made my version hyphenate. Would you tell me an example chapter title and page size so I can start testing? I think there should be a reasonably straightforward solution.

Thanks very much indeed. I haven’t changed any of the page size or font settings from your template.

For example, \sec{Homeobox genes and miRNAs: key regulators in MLLr leukemia} %hyphenates ‘regula- tors’

\subsec{MLL-rearranged leukemia is associated with poor treatment outcomes} %hyphenates ‘treat- ment’

Thanks; sorry I misread your original post and thought it was chapter titles, rather than section titles, that were being hyphenated.

You’re right both in that \usepackage[raggedright]{titlesec} fixes the problem, and breaks the quotchap package. The easiest solution is to add this not in the preamble, but to ociamthesis.cls at line 403 (immediately before \usepackage[grey,utopia]{quotchap} ). That way quotchap will override titlesec for chapters only.

It seems to work for me in brief testing; let me know if you encounter any issues!

Fantastic – thanks, John. This seems to work perfectly!

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For some reason, my minitoc is double-spaced, and I’m not quite sure why this is happening. I tried forcing it with single-spacing which seems okay. But in either case the minitoc spans across two pages when really it seems in your version the chapter title page is quite compact with even text beginning directly after. Any help would be so greatly appreciated.

Interesting. The version of this template that I modified had the minitoc double spaced, and one of my changes was to single space it. My biggest suggestion is that maybe your first paragraph just after the minitoc is a length that the system thinks would look bad without that extra spacing.

LaTeX does this weird thing where it judges the “badness” of different layouts — leaving one line of a paragraph dangling on a page, vs increasing line spacing in other places, vs overflowing a line beyond the margin, etc. If your (single spaced) minitoc would end in a place where the next paragraph would fall in a very odd place (ie with only one line on the page, or one line dangling off the next), LaTeX might have decided that it “knows best” and to fix the “issue” instead increased spacing on your minitoc.

One way to test this is to add \raggedbottom before that chapter, and see if that changes anything. Another way would be to compile the thesis with the example text that came with the template and see if that is single or double spaced.

If all of this doesn’t seem like the problem, feel free to email me your thesis and I’ll take a look.

Hi John, thanks very much for your input. I am very sorry, but it doesn’t seem to work. I toyed around with the following in the cls file

\renewcommand{\chapterheadstartvskip}{\vspace*{-30pt}} \renewcommand{\chapterheadendvskip}{\vspace{30pt}}

which seems to pull the chapter title pages up, so that the text starts immediately after the minitoc (which I ended up having to force into single with \setstretch) but what I didn’t realize was that changing this messed with the toc, list of figures, and list of tables. Basically all of these start way at the top of the page (including one of the chapters).

I think the easiest thing might be to make a copy of your whole thesis directory, remove all but one chapter and all figures, compile it to make sure it still has the problem, and then and email the directory to me ([email protected]) as a zip file. I’m happy to take a look. Unfortunately trying to debug something like this that depends on changes to multiple files is too hard to do on this kind of forum.

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Hopefully a quick question for you here – I’m trying to change the section level numbering in the minitocs to reflect what it is in the main toc. The maintoc section level is set in the main text fairly straightforwardly but i’m finding it hard to figure out what to amend to make the minitoc depth match it? Main TOC successfully shows numbers to subsubsection but minitoc stops at subsection. Thanks very much in advance!

Try \mtcsetdepth{minitoc}{3} in Oxford_Thesis.tex just before \begin{document} (around line 104). Let me know if it doesn’t work. For excruciating detail on minitocs, see here .

This worked a treat! Thanks so much John :)

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Is there any way the font can be changed with the current TeX?

Thank you so much for this, been a massive help!

This is surprisingly a more complicated question than it should be. For a first try, add to Oxford_Thesis.tex just before \begin{document} (around line 104) the command \renewcommand{\rmdefault}{phv} where “phv” is replaced by the code for the font you want. A list of codes is here , but a short list is: ptm for Times, ppl for Palatino, pbk for Bookman, phv for Helvetica, pcr for Courier.

If that doesn’t work for whatever font you’d like, my next step would be to add, just before that line, a \usepackage{helvet} to make sure the font is loaded. The list of font packages (in the same order as above) is mathptmx, palatino, bookman, helvet, courier.

Hope this helps!

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Thank you for the excellent template. I could not figure out how to change the colour of the chapter number headings to black instead of grey, and how to make chapter title to bold. Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks in advance.

Replace line 404 (the one that mentions quotchap) of ociamthesis.cls with these two lines:

You will get a few errors on compiling about “Undefined color ‘chaptergrey'” but that is expected and it should still compile fine.

Thanks John. This seems to work. But instead of using nogrey I redefined chaptergrey with a new color with a new command.

Hi John, To create a glossary the template uses \item to produce a list. Most of my terms are very long. It is possible to make the item automatically set a new line in their own space for glossary in the mclistof environment?

My little glossary area was designed to be a relatively quick-and-easy template for my minimal glossary. For a more “full-featured” glossary, look into the official glossary package in LaTeX. I’ll also take a look at how to modify my template to do what you’re asking, but it might take me a couple of days. What exactly do you mean by “make the item automatically set a new line in their own space”? Have the term on one line and the definition below?

I looked at most of the glossary style, there are mainly two ways to do for the long terms. First, the terms are combined with the definition lines but separated with a spacing ( https://www.dickimaw-books.com/gallery/index.php?label=long-descriptions ). The other one is like you said, term on one line and definition below. I am happy with either one. But I think I prefer the first one with an adjustment which is when a term longer than a certain length the definition start a new line below.

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Hi John, my thesis involves Chinese and I was thus hoping to use XeLaTeX to compile it; however, this breaks the savequotes (perhaps due to ‘incorrectly’ nested braces and begin/ends in the definition). Do you know how I might be able to resolve this issue?

Hi Al, I’m not sure exactly what is causing this issue, but I’ve verified that if you delete lines 384 – 394 (the part renewing the savequote environment) in ociamthesis.cls, it will compile under XeLaTeX. My only modifications (if I remember correctly) to the original quotchap package was to make the spacing for multi-line quotes a little more pleasant, so you might find you don’t notice a difference. If you decide to make further modifications yourself, it might help to refer to the source code for quotchap .

Hi John, it is possible to put the footnote at the bottom of the page? I want to put a footnote for the chapter heading. I tried to used direct \footnote{} but a lot of errors appeared. Do you have any idea?

For vaguely annoying reasons having to do with the internal ways LaTeX moves text around to the Table of Contents, if you are putting a \footnote{} inside a chapter or section title, you need to “protect” it with \protect . So your line would look like:

Notice that, in addition to the \protect\footnote{} and the \label{} tags, there is also an optional argument [Introduction] at the beginning of the chapter definition. This is the title as it will appear in the Table of Contents. You can leave that part out if you want, but then the footnote mark will appear in the ToC.

Hi John, thanks for your help earlier with XeLaTeX. Do you know how I might be able to use bold face small caps in my document? Thanks!

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Hi John, I will remove the red boxes (lines around the links) on the tableofcontents. I tried use the ‚hyperref‘, but I am wounder why there is no effect? How can I adjust the look and feel of the links behavior?

Hi Hermann, I apologize for the late reply! You will have to add your hyperref options to the oicamthesis.cls file on line 173. Any changes you make there should carry over to your complied thesis. Let me know if you need any help!

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Hi John, Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful template! I just wanted to check one thing with you. For some reason my chapter titles have changed font from the Computer Modern font they were before. Is a way to bring them back to match the rest of the text. Many thanks, Claire

Hi Claire, Glad it’s working for you! In order to answer your question, I would have to know exactly how you set your font to something different in the first place. A good thing to try first is to add the following lines to your Oxford_Thesis.tex file, just before \begin{document} , e.g. at line 102:

Replace \bfseries with whatever font command you are using; it will be used in the chapter titles.

Hi John, Thank you so much! This has fixed it and brought it back to the default (which I think is computer modern). Sadly I have no idea how I managed to change it from the default in the first place. Very much still learning with regards to Latex but your template has made it so much easier. Really appreciate you sharing it and for your help on this issue. All the best, Claire

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Thank you for producing such a brilliant template. I was wondering whether it’s possible to change the font size of just the bibliography, i.e., have chapters in 12pt and bibliography in 10pt? This would help with my page limit massively, while still being within the rules

Glad the template is helping! Believe it or not, the bibliography font size is already a little smaller in the default template. But you can fiddle with it more. Look at Oxford_Thesis.tex line 63:

You can replace \small with any of the standard LaTeX font size commands, which from largest to smallest are: \Huge, \huge, \LARGE, \Large, \large, \normalsize (same as thesis text), \small, \footnotesize, \scriptsize, and \tiny. You could theoretically do something fancier (like the last thing described here ) to get an exact font size if you needed it, but you can probably get satisfactory results sticking with those pre-made options.

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Thanks a lot, the template has been extremely useful! All the best, Benoit

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Thanks for the great template! I would like to remove the big chapter numbering, but unfortunately I cannot find the code for it. Can you help me?

Hi Virginia,

The same package, quotchap , does both the big chapter numbering and the quotes (epigraphs) at the beginning of each chapter. To turn this package off, open ociamthesis.cls and comment out (by putting a percent sign % at the beginning of each line): 1. Line 375 – which loads the quotchap package, 2. Lines 385-394 – which clean up chapter epigraph formatting, and 3. Lines 442-443 – which adjusts chapter heading spacing.

After that, you’ll just have to go through all of your chapter files, and the bibliography area of the main Oxford_Thesis.tex , and remove all savequote blocks. This will return you to the default LaTeX chapter headers. If you miss any of the above, don’t worry: you’ll get compile errors that point you at which line(s) you missed.

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This template is one of the most incredible things out there. Thanks for sharing it with the world! I’m using it for my dissertation with a few alterations here and there.

Question: in the list of abbreviations with

“\begin{mclistof}{List of Acronyms}{3.2cm}”

is there a way to turn off the dot leaders between the abbreviation and word? My graduate school says they want them removed (tbh I think they’re great though).

thanks for any help,

– [also] John

Oh wait! I realized I just need to comment out

\mkern\@dotsep mu$}\hfill}

in the ociamthesis.cls

thanks still all the same. The template our university provides isn’t nearly as nice as yours.

Glad the template was helpful and that you figured out the abbreviation list kerning. Best of luck finishing up!

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hello John,

Thank you for your template.

Can we insert figures with eps not only png?

If you want to insert EPS figures, add the line: \usepackage{epstopdf}

You can add it to Oxford_Thesis.tex anywhere before the \begin{document} , which is line 104. (The easiest would be to add it directly before that line.)

When you include images, do not include the .eps extension in the tex file; just use something like: \includegraphics{path/to/file_name_without_extension}

For a little more information, see this StackExchange question .

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Hello John,

Thank you vert much for the great template. I’m wondering how I can reduce the spacing at the beginning of every chapter (so that the chapter title moves closer to the top of the page)?

Try changing the “40pt” at the end of line 442 of ociamthesis.cls, which reads in full:

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Dear John, Many thanks for this template, it is very helpful! I have three unrelated chapters, at the end of which I would like to add separate references. At the moment I can only add references at the very end of the document. Do you know how to specify to add bibliography per chapter? Best wishes, Sam

Try adding refsection=chapter to line 55 of Oxford_Thesis.tex , which loads the biblatex package. The line should now look like:

You would then need to use \printbibliography at the end of each chapter file. There is a lot more you can customize about how exactly this behaves, which is explained in gritty detail in the biblatex documentation .

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Hello John, I would love to use your template. but I am having trouble getting it to work. I am not yet a pro at using LateX…. I saved the folder on my PC and just hit “Build an view” to see what happens. However, I get the message “Unfortunately, the package cbfonts-fd could not be installed.” and more errors are spit out. ( line 104 This NFSS system isn’t set up properly. \begin{document}). I would be happy if you could help me with this!

Hi Frances, What application are you using to compile the template? It seems like this error sometimes comes up when the program (based on a google search, maybe TexStudio and MiKTeX more than others) can’t find the LaTeX package repository to get all of the fonts installed. I wonder if the guidance at this Q&A page would help? If not, let me know what program you’re using and I’ll try to think of other answers. Thanks, John

thank you for your reply! I am using TexStudio and, unfortunately, i could not find the answer on the Q&A page :/

kind regards Frances

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Thanks for making this template available! It’s been super useful to write up my thesis.

Just a quick question for you. I want to display a minitoc, minilof and minilot for each appendix. The mini table of contents works fine, but the mini list of figures/tables appears in the wrong appendix (i.e. the ones from appendix B are listed in appendix A, and so on). Any idea what might the problem?

Best wishes,

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Thank you so much for your beautiful template, I just started working with it and it’s super easy to work with and adapt to ones own needs!

I had one question which I wasn’t able to find anywhere – I would need to insert a “Contribution” page in the roman pages, however I don’t know where I need to define a new environment (similar to acknowledgements), in order to do so?

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Hi John, Thank you so much for your nice template. But I have faced some issues. Can you help me to resolve these? I couldn’t call the references in the introduction section. How I should manage the bibliography? Please give a response.

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Hi! Thanks for the template!

How should I acknowledge using this template in my thesis?

The template is freely released, and may be used without any acknowledgement. If you are feeling particularly generous, you could put a sentence in your thesis Acknowledgement section that says something like “I would like to thank John McManigle, Sam Evans, and Keith Gillow for developing the template used to format this thesis.”

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John, thanks so much for a magnificent template. I am trying to update the beltcrest to the newer logo but struggling to figure out a way to acheive this so that it retains the same size. I tried to screenshot the new logo, save as jpg and convert to pdf as the same name, but the pdf is now considered an entire A4 page so it looks terrible. Any advice on this? Do you perhaps have access to a similarly-formatted beltcrest that is the newer version?

Hi Markos, I reached out by email to ask for a copy of the new crest to test, but haven’t heard back from you yet. Let me know when you have a minute to play with it!

Hi John, Apologies I missed your email. Have now replied. Best Markos

I’ve added a PDF version of the logo to the GitHub repository. If you copy that to your /figures/ directory, then add the following line to Oxford_Thesis.tex just before \maketitle (around line 150):

I’ve also added this as a (commented-out by default) option on the version of the template currently on GitHub .

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A single strontium ion in a trap.

Ion trap quantum computing

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Doctoral Theses

High-fidelity, near-field microwave gates in a cryogenic surface trap marius weber 2022.

Implementation of Mølmer-Sørensen two-qubit gates on 43 Ca + hyperfine clock qubits in a cryogenic (≈25K) surface trap, driven by near-field microwaves. We achieve gate durations of 154µs (with 1.0(2)% error) and 331µs (0.5(1)% error), which approaches the performance of typical laser-driven gates. In the 331µs gate, we demonstrate a new Walsh-modulated dynamical decoupling scheme which suppresses errors due to fluctuations in the qubit frequency as well as imperfections in the decoupling drive itself. Development of an ion transport toolbox, with demonstrations of splitting and merging operations in two different traps.

Device-independent key distribution between trapped-ion quantum network nodes David Nadlinger, 2022

Implementation of a complete protocol for device-independent quantum key distribution over a quantum network link, resulting in the generation of a 95884-bit shared private key, after 8.5 hours of run time. This is enabled by the high-rate (100s -1 ), high-fidelity [96.0(1)%] generation of Bell states between remote trapped-ion qubits, yielding a detection-loophole-free CHSH inequality violation of 2.677(6) and quantum bit error rate of 1.44(2)%, both of which are stable during the generation of millions of Bell pairs. We also introduce a versatile method for micromotion compensation using time-stamped photon detection; we achieve a sensitivity to stray electric fields of 0.1 Vm -1 /\(\sqrt{\rm Hz}\). 

An elementary quantum network of entangled optical atomic clocks Bethan Nichol, 2022

Demonstration of entanglement-enhanced frequency comparison of two optical atomic clocks based on the 674nm quadrupole transition of 88 Sr + ions, which are linked by a quantum-optical fibre link (\(\approx 2\)m long). We show that the use of an entangled state reduces the measurement uncertainty by nearly \(\sqrt{2}\), the value expected for the Heisenberg Limit. Today's optical clocks are typically limited by dephasing of the probe laser; in this regime, we find that entanglement yields a factor 2 reduction in the measurement uncertainty compared to conventional correlation spectroscopy techniques. We demonstrate this enhancement for the measurement of a frequency shift applied to one of the clocks.

A cryogenic trap for microwave-driven quantum logic using 43 Ca + ions Clemens L ö schnauer, 2021

Development of single and two-qubit operations for a new hyperfine atomic clock qubit, operating at 28.8mT in 43 Ca + , in a cryogenic surface-electrode trap. A single ion is laser-cooled to 0.5mK, close to the Doppler limit, by exploiting two-photon dark resonances that form between fine-structure levels. Resolved-sideband cooling on a Raman transition is used to cool the two-ion radial motional mode to an average occupation number \(\bar{n}=0.08\) . Spin-motion entanglement driven by near-field microwaves is used to diagnose the Mølmer–Sørensen interaction. Initial two-qubit gate attempts give a fidelity 0.77(2).

Benchmarking memory and logic gates for trapped-ion quantum computing Amy Hughes, 2021

Characterisation of the memory performance of a 43 Ca + clock qubit: randomised benchmarking is used to directly measure errors as small as 1.2(7) × 10 −6 after a storage time of 1 ms. The memory error remains < 10 −4 for up to 50 ms with no additional dynamical decoupling, or < 10 −3 for up to 2 seconds with a simple CPMG sequence. Comparison of different implementations of mixed-element two-qubit gates on a  43 Ca + - 88 Sr + crystal: a light-shift gate with a fidelity of 99.8(1)% or 99.7(1)%, measured using partial state tomography or interleaved randomised benchmarking respectively, and several varieties of Mølmer–Sørensen gates with measured fidelities of up to 99.6(2)%.

High-fidelity mixed species entanglement of trapped ions Keshav Thirumalai, 2019

High-fidelity mixed-species quantum logic gates between 43 Ca + and 88 Sr + ground-level qubits. Demonstration of a Ca-Sr logic gate, using a single 402nm laser system tuned midway between S-P dipole transitions of these two species, and characterization of the gate by several methods (Bell state tomography, process tomography and randomized benchmarking). An entangled state fidelity of up to 99.8% is achieved, comparable to that of the best same-species gates. A same-species Sr-Sr gate is also demonstrated, using the 674nm S-D quadrupole transition, with fidelity 96%.

Cryogenic, near-field quantum logic chips with passive field nulling on 43 Ca + Jochen Wolf, 2019

Design and characterization of our first cryogenic ion trap apparatus. Design of UHV system for both room temperature and cryogenic (LHe) operation using a flow cryostat. Description of new chip trap design for microwave-driven high-fidelity entangling gates, using a novel electrode layout for passive field nulling. Development of a wafer-scale chip fabrication process and eutectic chip bonding technique. Preliminary study of ion loading rates. Initial characterization of microwave field distribution above the chip using a single calcium-43 ion.

Entanglement between nodes of a quantum network Laurent Stephenson, 2019

Construction of our first quantum networking experiment. Demonstration of high-rate, high-fidelity remote entanglement of two 88 Sr + ions, trapped in two separate vacuum systems "Alice" and "Bob", connected by a 4m-long quantum-optical fibre link (qubit separation ~2m as the crow flies). Achievement of heralded entanglement with fidelity 94% at an average rate of 182 Bell pairs per second (success probability 0.022%). Generation of single-ion/single-photon entanglement with fidelity 97.9% at a rate of 5700 events per second.

Fast gates and mixed-species entanglement with trapped ions Vera Schäfer, 2018

Fast entangling gates using amplitude-shaped pulses on 43 Ca + , reaching a fidelity of 99.8% in 1.6µs and 60% in 480ns. Bell test experiment on 43 Ca + - 40 Ca + mixed-species crystal and demonstration of mixed species entangling gate on 88 Sr + - 43 Ca + .

Probing qubit memory errors at the 10 −5 level James Tarlton, 2018

Direct measurement of qubit memory errors in a calcium-43 "atomic clock" qubit. Randomized memory benchmarking is used to measure the memory error of a single qubit down to the few 10 -6 level. The error is found to remain below the 10 -3 level for up to 400ms. Surface trap designs for near-field microwave-driven two-qubit gates are explored.

A high-fidelity microwave driven two-qubit quantum logic gate in 43 Ca + Martin Sepiol, 2016

Experimental implementation of a microwave-driven two-qubit quantum logic gate in a room-temperature microfabricated surface ion trap. The gate scheme involves dynamical decoupling methods, which stabilise the qubits against fluctuations of the motional mode frequency and fluctuating energy shifts, and avoid the need to null the microwave field. The gate is applied directly to hyperfine "atomic clock" qubits in 43 Ca + using the near-field microwave magnetic field gradient produced by an integrated trap electrode. The achieved gate fidelity is 99.7(1)%, after accounting for state preparation and measurement errors.

Near-field microwave addressing of trapped-ion qubits for scalable quantum computation Diana Prado Lopes Aude Craik, 2016

Demonstration of high-fidelity spatial and polarization addressing of trapped-ion "atomic clock" memory qubits using near-field microwaves. Addressing is performed by interfering fields from integrated microwave electrodes to address a chosen trap zone whilst nulling crosstalk fields in the neighbour zone. Design of a next-generation ion trap which can perform near-field microwave addressing in a quantum CCD architecture without the need for nulling fields. Demonstration of a prototype micro-fabricated loop antenna for microwave characterization of chip ion traps.

Optical Bloch equations for simulating trapped-ion qubits Hugo Janacek, 2015

Modelling temperature and fluorescence of a trapped ion using the optical Bloch equations. Development of efficient simulations that solve the time-dependent and time-independent problems for systems with large numbers of states. Introduction of a routine designed to model the approach to the steady state. Analysis of Doppler cooling incorporating motion of a trapped ion and the effects of repumping from a D state. Development of cooling schemes for 43 Ca + at 146G and comparison with experiment. Demonstration of Doppler cooling below the Doppler limit for this isotope. Analysis of resonant effects in systems with more than three levels and comparison with experiment.

Linear Paul trap design for high-fidelity, scalable quantum information processing Sarah Woodrow (M.Sc. Thesis), 2015

Design of a new linear 'blade' trap, with improved optical access. Review of linear Paul trap theory. Discussion of axial micromotion and its use for ion addressing. Numerical simulations of trap fields. Technical drawings of trap components.

High-fidelity quantum logic in Ca + Christopher Ballance, 2014

High-fidelity single- and two-qubit laser-driven logic gates in 43 Ca + hyperfine qubits. Theoretical and experimental study of speed/fidelity trade-off for two-qubit gates. Achievement of single-qubit gate fidelities above 99.99%, and two-qubit gate fidelities ranging between 97.1(2)% (for a gate time of 3.8µs) and 99.9(1)% (at 100µs), after accounting for single-qubit operation and readout errors (each at the 0.1% level). Demonstration of a mixed-species ( 43 Ca + and 40 Ca + ) entangling gate with a fidelity of 99.8(5)%.

High-fidelity microwave-driven quantum logic in intermediate-field 43 Ca + Thomas Harty, 2013

Development of an intermediate magnetic field "atomic clock" qubit in 43 Ca + at 146G and high-fidelity techniques to manipulate this qubit using microwaves and lasers in a microfabricated surface-electrode ion trap. Randomized benchmarking of a single qubit. Work towards microwave-driven two-qubit gates including a theoretical analysis of likely sources of experimental error.

Background-free detection and mixed-species crystals in micro- and macroscopic ion-traps for scalable QIP Norbert Linke, 2012

Assembly and testing of a microstructured 3D ion trap. Background-free detection and read-out of trapped ions. Raman laser system consisting of two injection-locked frequency-doubled lasers. Ground-state cooling and coherent manipulation of a mixed-species crystal in a macroscopic ion trap.

Surface-electrode ion traps for scalable quantum computing David Allcock, 2011

Design, fabrication and testing of microfabricated surface-electrode ion traps. Pulsed laser cleaning of ion traps to reduce anomalous heating. An intermediate-field hyperfine "atomic clock" qubit in 43 Ca + . Design, construction and testing of an ion trap incorporating microwave resonators for microwave-driven quantum logic gates.

High fidelity readout of trapped ion qubits Alice Burrell, 2010

High-fidelity readout of trapped ion qubits. Demonstration of time-arrival resolved discrimination of ion states (TARDIS) with a photomultiplier detector to perform single-shot readout of a single 40 Ca + optical qubit with 99.991(1)% fidelity. Replacing the photomultipler by an electron-multiplying CCD camera, the TARDIS method allows discrimination in both spatial and temporal dimensions, enabling achievement of the same 99.99% readout fidelity for a 4-ion "qunybble", despite 4% optical cross-talk between neighbouring ions.

Measurement-selected ensembles in trapped-ion qubits Michael Curtis, 2010

Segmented ion trap modelling; measurement-selected ensembles (weak measurement); operation of planar and 7-electrode traps; implementation of a qubit in D5/2 state of 40Ca; partial collapse and `uncollapse' experiments.

High fidelity readout and protection of a 43 Ca + trapped ion qubit David Szwer, 2009

Rate equations programs for simulation of 43 Ca + ; comparison with experiment and Bloch equations. Simulation and optimisation of a robust, high-fidelity readout method from 43Ca+; experimental implementation. Attempted two-qubit gate with 40 Ca + and 43 Ca + mixed crystal; problems with crystallisation; electrode noise; measurement of heating rate, motional decoherence and "Schrodinger Cat" states. Derivation of Uhrig Dynamical Decoupling (UDD); review of the literature; experimental implementation of UDD and CPMG on 43 Ca + hyperfine ground-state qubits.

Implementing segmented ion trap designs for quantum computing Gergely Imreh, 2008

Numerical modelling of multiple-electrode traps. Ion shuttling and loading theory. Set-up of apparatus (including vacuum system, lasers and optics and control electronics) for trapping and experimenting with microfabricated "Sandia trap". Detailed evaluation of "Sandia trap": loading and micro-motion compensation; measurement of ion lifetime, motional frequency and heating rate; demonstration of ion shuttling.

A quantum memory qubit in calcium-43 Benjamin Keitch, 2007

Design and construction of various experimental apparatus: Laser Control Unit for precise pulse timing; master-slave 398nm laser system for Raman transitions in the hyperfine ground states of 43 Ca + ; KILL-110 system for PDH locking of lasers to optical cavities. Investigation of magnetic field fluctuations, using microwaves and 43 Ca + hyperfine states; Spicer SC20 field cancelling system tested. Demonstration of long T2 coherence time of 43 Ca + hyperfine clock state qubit.

Entanglement of two trapped-ion spin qubits Jonathan Home, 2006

Careful study of sideband cooling and temperature diagnostics for one and two ions. Motional coherence measurements. Coherent manipulation of two ions. Spin state tomography for two ions. Quantum logic gate by oscillating force; deterministic entanglement. For electrode configurations for trap arrays, see Home and Steane paper, 2006.

Raman sideband cooling and coherent manipulation of trapped ions Simon Webster, 2005

Photoionisation, Rabi/Ramsay experiments on single spin qubits by magnetic resonance and stimulated Raman transitions, continuous Raman sideband cooling using bright/dark resonance, pulsed Raman sideband cooling to the motional ground state, temperature diagnostics for 1 and 2 ions, rate equations for Ca-43.

Two-photon readout methods for an ion trap quantum information processor Matthew McDonnell, 2003

MOPA 397 laser system, servo theory, Pound-Drever-Hall (and other) locking, optical Bloch equations, dark resonance fits, dark resonance cooling/heating, spin state readout: various methods, EIT method proposed and implemented.

Stabilization and control in a linear ion trap John-Patrick Stacey, 2003

Reference cavities, improved photon counting, photon arrival time correlation method for micromotion compensation, new 850 laser, AOM optics, r.f. study towards helical resonator, magnetic field coils, dark resonances, isotope-selective photoionisation in detail.

Marek Š a š ura, 2002

Survey of ion/laser coupling theory, theoretical study of "pushing" gate method.

Development of an ion trap quantum information processor Charles Donald, 2000

Some space charge ideas, general apparatus development, imaging, spectroscopy of blue laser diodes, field compensation drift, precise D 5/2 lifetime measurement, upper bound on 2- and 3-ion quantum jump correlations and statistical analysis.

The quantum manipulation of ions David Stevens, 1999

Construction from scratch of our first ion trap, some Mathieu equation and Doppler cooling theory, optogalvanic spectroscopy, frequency doubling, observations of crystals and quantum jumps, first look at D 5/2 lifetime measurement.

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Seven yalies to hone leadership skills as knight-hennessy scholars.

Daviana Berkowitz-Sklar, Tilly Brooks, Gabe Malek, Qusay Omran, Henry Smith, Lina Volin, and Barkotel Zemenu

Top row, from left, Daviana Berkowitz-Sklar, Tilly Brooks, and Gabe Malek. Second row, Qusay Omran, Henry Smith, Lina Volin, and Barkotel Zemenu.

A Yale College senior and six Yale alumni are among 90 scholars from 30 countries to be named Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford University. The scholars were selected for their independent thought, leadership, and civic-mindedness.

At Stanford, the cohort will pursue graduate degrees in 45 degree programs across all seven schools.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars is a multidisciplinary, multicultural graduate scholarship program that helps develop future leaders. The scholars receive up to three years of financial support to pursue graduate studies at Stanford while also engaging in experiences that prepare them to tackle global challenges.

The seven Yale affiliates named to the 2024 cohort of Knight-Hennessy scholars follows:

Daviana Berkowitz-Sklar ’23, who studied ecology and evolutionary biology as an undergraduate at Yale College, will pursue a Ph.D. in oceans at the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability. Raised in Costa Rica and California, Berkowitz-Sklar aspires to develop collaborative, science-based solutions to improve the health of ecosystems and the people who depend on them. She is interested in marine spatial ecology and socio-ecological systems and has conducted research in Costa Rican fishing communities with the DynaMAR Project at Stanford. She was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship as well as a Yale postgraduate fellowship to research whale migrations at OKEANOS-University of the Azores and a Rohr Reef Resilience Fellowship to study coral reef resilience at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Berkowitz-Sklar is the co-founder and president of a nonprofit organization, Nature Now International, through which she leads programs to engage youth in community-based science and conservation, including hands-on work with wildlife, citizen science, and STEM education.

Tilly Brooks  ’23, who was a linguistics major as a Yale College undergraduate, will concurrently pursue a Ph.D. in linguistics at Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences and a J.D. at Yale Law School. Brooks, who is from New Haven, studied Indo-European philology at Yale before discovering an interest in action-based research and the relationship between language and law. Focusing both on the effects of law and policy decisions on marginalized linguistic communities and the application of linguistic theories, research methods, and tools to interpretive legal processes, she researches what she calls “the law of language and the language of law.” In the long term, Brooks aims to draw communities of legal scholars, linguists, and legal practitioners together with the common goals of advancing linguistic justice in the practice of law, and refining the use of linguistic evidence and tools for law and policy purposes.

Gabe Malek ’20, who was a double major in American studies and anthropology at Yale, will pursue a J.D. at Stanford Law School. He aspires to leverage commercial law, financial regulation, and tax policy to accelerate the clean energy transition. Malek has served as chief of staff at Fervo Energy, a next-generation geothermal power developer, and deputy chief of staff to Mark Carney, co-chair of the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero and former governor of the Bank of England. He began his career at Environmental Defense Fund, where he helped formalize and scale the organization’s investor engagement strategy. At Yale, Malek received the Edward Sapir Prize for his research on international climate finance and the Institute for Social and Policy Studies Director’s Fellowship for his commitment to public service.

Qusay Omran ’21, who studied chemistry as an undergraduate at Yale College, will pursue an M.D. and Ph.D. in genetics at Stanford School of Medicine. He aspires to develop innovative therapies for cancers and immunologic disorders through research in chemical and synthetic biology. In college, he studied nucleic acid chemical biology at Yale and the National Cancer Institute, publishing his senior thesis on a novel self-splicing assay. Omran also led the Yale Review of International Studies, where he edited and published academic essays on global affairs solicited from around the world. Originally from Bahrain, Omran is a passionate advocate for displaced populations. He worked at Havenly, a nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty for refugee women. He earned a Dwight Hall Community Response Fellowship and the Berkeley College Fellows’ Prize for his contributions to the greater community.

Henry Smith  ’22, who was a double major in mathematics and statistics at Yale, is pursuing a Ph.D. in statistics at Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences. Through his Ph.D., Smith, who is from Hanover, Pennsylvania, aims to improve statistical understanding of machine learning algorithms so they can be more confidently applied across various domains. After graduating from Yale, he spent a year conducting research at the University of Cambridge, where he and a team developed a novel machine learning algorithm to solve a challenging problem in multi-drone flight. At Yale, Smith served as a leader of the Yale Votes Coalition to strengthen university voting policy and managed data for numerous political campaigns. He also spent three years preparing taxes for low-income New Haven residents. At Yale, Smith received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, an award for the best undergraduate thesis, and Yale’s Emerson Tuttle award for scholastic achievement.

Lina Volin ’19, who studied history at Yale, is pursuing a J.D. at Stanford Law School. Volin, who is from Hollywood, Florida, also holds a Master of Science degree in modern Middle Eastern studies from the University of Oxford. She aspires to advance access to health care and improve health outcomes through policymaking that centers equity and addresses intersecting social, economic, and legal issues. For three years, she served at the White House Gender Policy Council, most recently as director for health policy, where she worked on policy development and litigation response related to reproductive rights and helped to launch a new White House initiative aimed at closing critical research gaps in women’s health. Volin previously served as the council’s chief of staff and led efforts to advance pay equity and strengthen worker protections.

Barkotel Zemenu , an intensive physics major will graduate from Yale College this month, will pursue a Ph.D. in physics at Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences. Zemenu, who is from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has conducted in research on three continents, including work that has spanned particle physics, quantum gravity, and observational astronomy. At Stanford, he plans to leverage this background to investigate fundamental questions in cosmology, with a focus on the elusive neutrinos and the hidden dark sector. As a Yale undergraduate, Zemenu was selected to join the 73rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Physics, named Top Oral Presenter at the annual international conference hosted by the American Physical Society, and awarded multiple national scholarships by the American Institute of Physics. At Yale, he enjoyed being a physics tutor and studying numerous foreign languages.

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MSc by Research in Oncology

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About the course

This programme aims to train the next generation of leaders in translational oncology research by applying state-of-the-art techniques to address fundamental biology of cancer and how to optimise treatments for patients. 

The Department of Oncology employs multidisciplinary approaches from physics, biology, chemistry and mathematical modelling to investigate DNA biology and epigenetics, cell and environmental biology of tumour tissue and both systemic and local immunological responses in cancer. The programme focuses on expanding scientific knowledge with a particular focus on therapies involving drug discovery or action and combination therapies with radiotherapy.

The MSc by Research in Oncology course accepts students for one to three years of study, however, the majority of students in this department complete their project in a year. Applications are accepted from both basic scientists and clinicians.

In the first instance interested applicants are advised to review the department’s website to identify potential supervisors based on their research area of interest. Selecting the correct research projects is a hugely important first step so it is recommended that you contact a potential supervisor directly to discuss possibilities. Each researcher has their own profile page with their contact details listed.

Pattern of teaching and learning

This course does not include a timetable of lectures but there is a wide range of courses and workshops you will be able to attend to acquire skills that will be necessary for the pursuance and presentation of your research, as well as your professional development as a research scientist. The Department of Oncology provides an induction to the department in the first weeks of study and encourages attendance at divisional and University induction events. 

You will be encouraged to make the most of the doctoral training and research methods provision available across the Medical Sciences Division and to attend departmental and divisional seminars. As an MSc by Research student you will be given the opportunity to present your work at a variety of seminars and sessions in the department. 


You will be admitted directly to a particular research area led by a Principal Investigator who will be appointed your supervisor. You will be based in a research lab and undertake research on a subject agreed with your supervisor. All MSc by Research candidates are assigned two supervisors in total, one acting as the main day-to-day research supervisor and the second as an additional academic mentor.

The allocation of graduate supervision is the responsibility of the Department of Oncology and it is not always possible to accommodate the preferences of incoming graduate students to work with a particular member of staff.

Students will normally have two strands of supervision and the support of the Director of Graduate Studies, as well as administrative support within the department. Students can expect to meet with their supervisors several times each month, depending upon the requirements of their research project.

Assessment for this master's degree course is by submission of a thesis and a viva with two examiners.

You will begin your course as a probationary research student (PRS). Towards the end of your first year you will apply to transfer to “MSc by Research” status. To transfer your status, you must apply formally, submit a research report and statement of future research plans, and take an independent assessment by two assessors. Progression on the course is dependent upon passing the Transfer of Status assessment.

Following successful completion of the transfer assessment then candidates will progress and are able to submit their thesis prior to examination by viva.

Graduate destinations

Many graduates have progressed to PhD/DPhil positions either at Oxford or at other UK or international universities.

Changes to this course and your supervision

The University will seek to deliver this course in accordance with the description set out in this course page. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, either before or after registration. The safety of students, staff and visitors is paramount and major changes to delivery or services may have to be made in circumstances of a pandemic, epidemic or local health emergency. In addition, in certain circumstances, for example due to visa difficulties or because the health needs of students cannot be met, it may be necessary to make adjustments to course requirements for international study.

Where possible your academic supervisor will not change for the duration of your course. However, it may be necessary to assign a new academic supervisor during the course of study or before registration for reasons which might include illness, sabbatical leave, parental leave or change in employment.

For further information please see our page on changes to courses and the provisions of the student contract regarding changes to courses.

Entry requirements for entry in 2024-25

Proven and potential academic excellence.

The requirements described below are specific to this course and apply only in the year of entry that is shown. You can use our interactive tool to help you  evaluate whether your application is likely to be competitive .

Please be aware that any studentships that are linked to this course may have different or additional requirements and you should read any studentship information carefully before applying. 

Degree-level qualifications

As a minimum, applicants should hold or be predicted to achieve the following UK qualifications or their equivalent:

  • a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in a biological, medical, chemical, mathematical or physical science subject, as appropriate for the projects offered.

However, entrance is highly competitive and most successful applicants have a first-class degree or the equivalent.

For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.5 out of 4.0.

If your degree is not from the UK or another country specified above, visit our International Qualifications page for guidance on the qualifications and grades that would usually be considered to meet the University’s minimum entry requirements.

GRE General Test scores

No Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or GMAT scores are sought.

Other qualifications, evidence of excellence and relevant experience

  • Publications are not required, but they may advantage an application.
  • It would be expected that graduate applicants would be familiar with the recent published work of their proposed supervisor.

Further guidance

  • All students are cleared for security. Non-EU students will require approval from the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) for courses at the Department of Oncology.

English language proficiency

This course requires proficiency in English at the University's  standard level . If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence that you meet this requirement. The minimum scores required to meet the University's standard level are detailed in the table below.

*Previously known as the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English or Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) † Previously known as the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)

Your test must have been taken no more than two years before the start date of your course. Our Application Guide provides further information about the English language test requirement .

Declaring extenuating circumstances

If your ability to meet the entry requirements has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (eg you were awarded an unclassified/ungraded degree) or any other exceptional personal circumstance (eg other illness or bereavement), please refer to the guidance on extenuating circumstances in the Application Guide for information about how to declare this so that your application can be considered appropriately.

You will need to register three referees who can give an informed view of your academic ability and suitability for the course. The  How to apply  section of this page provides details of the types of reference that are required in support of your application for this course and how these will be assessed.

Supporting documents

You will be required to supply supporting documents with your application. The  How to apply  section of this page provides details of the supporting documents that are required as part of your application for this course and how these will be assessed.

Performance at interview

Interviews are normally held as part of the admissions process. It is expected that interviews will be scheduled in January and will normally be held by video conference.

Shortlisting meetings to consider applicants for interview include a minimum of two academics and the interview panel includes a minimum of two academics. The format of the interview is a five minute presentation of your research experience or recent scientific project, followed by a question-and-answer session designed to investigate your:

  • experience or potential
  • knowledge of the field
  • interactive skills
  • presentation skills
  • analytical skills
  • experimental design
  • scientific motivation
  • career plan.

How your application is assessed

Your application will be assessed purely on your proven and potential academic excellence and other entry requirements described under that heading.

References  and  supporting documents  submitted as part of your application, and your performance at interview (if interviews are held) will be considered as part of the assessment process. Whether or not you have secured funding will not be taken into consideration when your application is assessed.

An overview of the shortlisting and selection process is provided below. Our ' After you apply ' pages provide  more information about how applications are assessed . 

Shortlisting and selection

Students are considered for shortlisting and selected for admission without regard to age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins), religion or belief (including lack of belief), sex, sexual orientation, as well as other relevant circumstances including parental or caring responsibilities or social background. However, please note the following:

  • socio-economic information may be taken into account in the selection of applicants and award of scholarships for courses that are part of  the University’s pilot selection procedure  and for  scholarships aimed at under-represented groups ;
  • country of ordinary residence may be taken into account in the awarding of certain scholarships; and
  • protected characteristics may be taken into account during shortlisting for interview or the award of scholarships where the University has approved a positive action case under the Equality Act 2010.

Initiatives to improve access to graduate study

This course is taking part in a continuing pilot programme to improve the selection procedure for graduate applications, in order to ensure that all candidates are evaluated fairly.

For this course, socio-economic data (where it has been provided in the application form) will be used to contextualise applications at the different stages of the selection process.  Further information about how we use your socio-economic data  can be found in our page about initiatives to improve access to graduate study.

Processing your data for shortlisting and selection

Information about  processing special category data for the purposes of positive action  and  using your data to assess your eligibility for funding , can be found in our Postgraduate Applicant Privacy Policy.

Admissions panels and assessors

All recommendations to admit a student involve the judgement of at least two members of the academic staff with relevant experience and expertise, and must also be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies or Admissions Committee (or equivalent within the department).

Admissions panels or committees will always include at least one member of academic staff who has undertaken appropriate training.

Other factors governing whether places can be offered

The following factors will also govern whether candidates can be offered places:

  • the ability of the University to provide the appropriate supervision for your studies, as outlined under the 'Supervision' heading in the  About  section of this page;
  • the ability of the University to provide appropriate support for your studies (eg through the provision of facilities, resources, teaching and/or research opportunities); and
  • minimum and maximum limits to the numbers of students who may be admitted to the University's taught and research programmes.

Offer conditions for successful applications

If you receive an offer of a place at Oxford, your offer will outline any conditions that you need to satisfy and any actions you need to take, together with any associated deadlines. These may include academic conditions, such as achieving a specific final grade in your current degree course. These conditions will usually depend on your individual academic circumstances and may vary between applicants. Our ' After you apply ' pages provide more information about offers and conditions . 

In addition to any academic conditions which are set, you will also be required to meet the following requirements:

Financial Declaration

If you are offered a place, you will be required to complete a  Financial Declaration  in order to meet your financial condition of admission.

Disclosure of criminal convictions

In accordance with the University’s obligations towards students and staff, we will ask you to declare any  relevant, unspent criminal convictions  before you can take up a place at Oxford.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

Some postgraduate research students in science, engineering and technology subjects will need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate prior to applying for a  Student visa (under the Student Route) . For some courses, the requirement to apply for an ATAS certificate may depend on your research area.

In the Department of Oncology, students work alongside and learn from leaders in their field, and are provided with a world-class academic environment. They benefit from excellent support services, including a comprehensive portfolio of personal and professional skills development. Students are encouraged to attend training opportunities that include both subject-specific and generic research and transferable skills.

The University has a well-developed skills training portfolio in line with the UK Research Councils Joint Statement on graduate skills. The Medical Sciences Division training opportunities cover all aspects of research-related or technical skills, such as ethics, data analysis and statistics and bioinformatics; communications skills including scientific writing and oral and poster presentations, careers and personal development such as personal effectiveness and career planning; and finally academic practice including grant writing, teaching and intellectual property.

In addition, the Careers Service provides a full list of online courses, which are complementary to the divisional provision, and provides advice on career progression and job applications. Other facilities and support are available through Oxford University IT Services, the Language Centre, and the Oxford Learning Institute for professional development. 

Students are provided with laboratory workspace, desk space and IT facilities in support of their research. In addition there are on-site library and social facilities.

The Department of Oncology has an established graduate training programme for science graduates and clinical research fellows under the leadership of Professor Mark Middleton.

It is one of the largest departments in the University of Oxford’s Medical Sciences Division. It houses over 400 staff and graduate students, both clinical and non-clinical, and brings together research and clinical groups from across Oxford who are based at the Old Road Campus Research Building (ORCRB), the Radiobiology Research Institute (RRI), the Weatherall Institute for Molecular Medicine (WIMM) and the NHS Cancer and Haematology Centre.

The Department of Oncology offers promising graduates a broad range of multidisciplinary and translational cancer research projects. As a result, its graduates come from a wide range of scientific backgrounds, including biology, medicine, engineering, mathematics, chemistry, and physics. The department prides itself on supporting and training the next generation of world leaders in cancer research to ensure its research continues over the long term.

The department ethos is to improve treatment of cancer patients by harnessing Oxford University’s scientific research prowess and translating this into an impactful benefit to cancer patients through our own clinical trials. Working together to achieve this aim, we have renowned experts alongside cutting-edge scientists that collaborate across the university to understand the biology of cancer and how to best adopt new therapeutic strategies in medical and clinical oncology.

Research in the Department of Oncology is focused on the biology of cancer and how to translate discoveries into better treatments for patients. The department research strategy centres around the three core themes of DNA (including DNA damage, repair, and replication), cell and tissue biology (tumour microenvironment), and immuno-oncology (including cancer vaccines and virotherapy). Details of individual research groups  which work within each of these themes can be found on the department website.

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The University expects to be able to offer over 1,000 full or partial graduate scholarships across the collegiate University in 2024-25. You will be automatically considered for the majority of Oxford scholarships , if you fulfil the eligibility criteria and submit your graduate application by the relevant December or January deadline. Most scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and/or potential. 

For further details about searching for funding as a graduate student visit our dedicated Funding pages, which contain information about how to apply for Oxford scholarships requiring an additional application, details of external funding, loan schemes and other funding sources.

Please ensure that you visit individual college websites for details of any college-specific funding opportunities using the links provided on our college pages or below:

Please note that not all the colleges listed above may accept students on this course. For details of those which do, please refer to the College preference section of this page.

Further information about funding opportunities for this course can be found on the department's website.

Annual fees for entry in 2024-25

Further details about fee status eligibility can be found on the fee status webpage.

Information about course fees

Course fees are payable each year, for the duration of your fee liability (your fee liability is the length of time for which you are required to pay course fees). For courses lasting longer than one year, please be aware that fees will usually increase annually. For details, please see our guidance on changes to fees and charges .

Course fees cover your teaching as well as other academic services and facilities provided to support your studies. Unless specified in the additional information section below, course fees do not cover your accommodation, residential costs or other living costs. They also don’t cover any additional costs and charges that are outlined in the additional information below.

Continuation charges

Following the period of fee liability , you may also be required to pay a University continuation charge and a college continuation charge. The University and college continuation charges are shown on the Continuation charges page.

Where can I find further information about fees?

The Fees and Funding  section of this website provides further information about course fees , including information about fee status and eligibility  and your length of fee liability .

Additional information

There are no compulsory elements of this course that entail additional costs beyond fees (or, after fee liability ends, continuation charges) and living costs. However, please note that, depending on your choice of research topic and the research required to complete it, you may incur additional expenses, such as travel expenses, research expenses, and field trips. You will need to meet these additional costs, although you may be able to apply for small grants from your department and/or college to help you cover some of these expenses.

Living costs

In addition to your course fees, you will need to ensure that you have adequate funds to support your living costs for the duration of your course.

For the 2024-25 academic year, the range of likely living costs for full-time study is between c. £1,345 and £1,955 for each month spent in Oxford. Full information, including a breakdown of likely living costs in Oxford for items such as food, accommodation and study costs, is available on our living costs page. The current economic climate and high national rate of inflation make it very hard to estimate potential changes to the cost of living over the next few years. When planning your finances for any future years of study in Oxford beyond 2024-25, it is suggested that you allow for potential increases in living expenses of around 5% each year – although this rate may vary depending on the national economic situation. UK inflationary increases will be kept under review and this page updated.

Students enrolled on this course will belong to both a department/faculty and a college. Please note that ‘college’ and ‘colleges’ refers to all 43 of the University’s colleges, including those designated as societies and permanent private halls (PPHs). 

If you apply for a place on this course you will have the option to express a preference for one of the colleges listed below, or you can ask us to find a college for you. Before deciding, we suggest that you read our brief  introduction to the college system at Oxford  and our  advice about expressing a college preference . For some courses, the department may have provided some additional advice below to help you decide.

The following colleges accept students on the MSc by Research in Oncology:

  • Balliol College
  • Exeter College
  • Green Templeton College
  • Hertford College
  • Jesus College
  • Keble College
  • Kellogg College
  • Linacre College
  • Lincoln College
  • Magdalen College
  • New College
  • Oriel College
  • The Queen's College
  • Reuben College
  • St Anne's College
  • St Catherine's College
  • St Cross College
  • St Edmund Hall
  • St Hilda's College
  • St Hugh's College
  • St John's College
  • St Peter's College
  • Somerville College
  • University College
  • Wadham College
  • Wolfson College
  • Worcester College
  • Wycliffe Hall

Before you apply

We strongly recommend you consult the Medical Sciences Graduate School's research themes to identify the most suitable course and supervisor .

Our  guide to getting started  provides general advice on how to prepare for and start your application.  You can use our interactive tool to help you evaluate whether your application is likely to be competitive .

If it's important for you to have your application considered under a particular deadline – eg under a December or January deadline in order to be considered for Oxford scholarships – we recommend that you aim to complete and submit your application at least two weeks in advance . Check the deadlines on this page and the  information about deadlines and when to apply  in our Application Guide.

Application fee waivers

An application fee of £75 is payable per course application. Application fee waivers are available for the following applicants who meet the eligibility criteria:

  • applicants from low-income countries;
  • refugees and displaced persons; 
  • UK applicants from low-income backgrounds; and 
  • applicants who applied for our Graduate Access Programmes in the past two years and met the eligibility criteria.

You are encouraged to  check whether you're eligible for an application fee waiver  before you apply.

Readmission for current Oxford graduate taught students

If you're currently studying for an Oxford graduate taught course and apply to this course with no break in your studies, you may be eligible to apply to this course as a readmission applicant. The application fee will be waived for an eligible application of this type. Check whether you're eligible to apply for readmission .

Do I need to contact anyone before I apply?

You should contact a Group Head via the  Oncology website  before you apply in order to arrange either to apply to an open project, or to gain the Group Head's support for an independently written research project.

General enquiries about the course can be directed to the course administrator, via the contact details provided on this page.

Completing your application

You should refer to the information below when completing the application form, paying attention to the specific requirements for the supporting documents .

For this course, the application form will include questions that collect information that would usually be included in a CV/résumé. You should not upload a separate document. If a separate CV/résumé is uploaded, it will be removed from your application .

If any document does not meet the specification, including the stipulated word count, your application may be considered incomplete and not assessed by the academic department. Expand each section to show further details.

Proposed field and title of research project

You must enter the project you are applying to under 'Field and title of research project' on the 'Course' tab of the application form.

You should not use this field to type out a full research proposal. You will be able to upload your research supporting materials separately if they are required (as described below).

Proposed supervisor

Under 'Proposed supervisor name' enter the name of the academic(s) who you would like to supervise your research. 

Referees: Three overall, academic preferred

Whilst you must register three referees, the department may start the assessment of your application if two of the three references are submitted by the course deadline and your application is otherwise complete. Please note that you may still be required to ensure your third referee supplies a reference for consideration.

Academic references are strongly encouraged, though you may use up to one professional reference provided that it is relevant to the course.

Your references will support intellectual ability, academic achievement, motivation and ability to work in a group.

Official transcript(s)

Your transcripts should give detailed information of the individual grades received in your university-level qualifications to date. You should only upload official documents issued by your institution and any transcript not in English should be accompanied by a certified translation.

More information about the transcript requirement is available in the Application Guide.

Statement of purpose/personal statement: A maximum of 500 words

You should provide a statement of your research interests, in English, describing how your background and research interests relate to the programme. If possible, please ensure that the word count is clearly displayed on the document.

The statement should focus on academic or research-related achievements and interests rather than personal achievements and interests.

This will be assessed for:

  • your reasons for applying;
  • evidence of motivation for and understanding of the proposed area of study;
  • the ability to present a reasoned case in English;
  • capacity for sustained and focused work; and
  • understanding of problems in the area and ability to construct and defend an argument.

It will be normal for students’ ideas and goals to change in some ways as they undertake their studies, but your personal statement will enable you to demonstrate your current interests and aspirations.

Start or continue your application

You can start or return to an application using the relevant link below. As you complete the form, please  refer to the requirements above  and  consult our Application Guide for advice . You'll find the answers to most common queries in our FAQs.

Application Guide   Apply


Closed to applications for entry in 2024-25

Register to be notified via email when the next application cycle opens (for entry in 2025-26)

12:00 midday UK time on:

Friday 1 December 2023 Latest deadline for most Oxford scholarships

A later deadline shown under 'Admission status' If places are still available,  applications may be accepted after 1 December . The 'Admissions status' (above) will provide notice of any later deadline.

^Included in 2024/24 places for the DPhil in Oncology *Three-year average (applications for entry in 2021-22 to 2023-24)

Further information and enquiries

This course is offered by the Department of Oncology

  • Course page on the department's website
  • Funding information from the department
  • Academic and research staff
  • Departmental research
  • Medical Sciences Graduate School
  • Residence requirements for full-time courses
  • Postgraduate applicant privacy policy

Course-related enquiries

Advice about contacting the department can be found in the How to apply section of this page

✉ [email protected] ☎ +44 (0)1865 617410

Application-process enquiries

See the application guide

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Table of Contents

Letter from the president, letter from the dean, schedule of celebrations, department of economics, departments of english and history, government, international relations and global studies, college of liberal arts combined, department of mexican american and latina/o studies, plan ii honors, dean's distinguished graduates, undergraduate degree candidates, mission of the college of liberal arts.

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In the College of Liberal Arts, we teach students to think critically and independently so they can thrive in the world beyond campus. We are dedicated to promoting cutting-edge research that helps people better understand human history, society, and culture.

By providing students a strong foundation in the humanities and social sciences, we serve as a model in education and intellectual excellence for other universities. Our distinguished faculty is committed to teaching and to developing the best academic programs available in their fields. And our graduates must be able to read analytically, write cogently, and speak persuasively.

We do this in an atmosphere that fosters fellowship and understanding among students, faculty, and the administration. With a large and diverse student body, we recognize the importance of respecting students as individuals with unique needs, goals, and challenges.

In all courses and programs, we emphasize ethics, integrity, citizenship, and awareness of global issues. Students learn to assume personal responsibility for their actions, while they develop self-reliance and a passion for life-long learning. The College guides the lives of its students by fostering creativity, leadership, and service to community and nation.

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Dear Graduate,

As we welcome you to your convocation, I hope you feel the excitement and pride that comes from successfully completing a goal through hard work, self-discovery, and determination. Your degree from The University of Texas is a significant accomplishment and, today, you will be awarded a well-earned UT diploma.

At one of the top universities in the world, you studied with amazing professors, learned alongside brilliant students, and challenged yourself and others. Your diploma is a symbol of academic success, but it represents much more; it connects you to your time on the Forty Acres, while linking you to Longhorn Nation forever. Remember the friendships, the mentors, and the experiences that shaped you. Carry these memories with you as you embark on the journey ahead and rely on your ability to do great and hard things. It is your turn to change the world!

Class of 2024, your perseverance is second to none, and the entire Longhorn community compliments you on your steadfastness and tenacity. Despite all the elements outside of your control, you emerged stronger and wiser. I extend my deepest congratulations to each of you, and please know that I am proud of you!

Hook 'em Horns!

Jay C. Hartzell, President, The University of Texas at Austin

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Dear Graduates,


You've made it to the end. We're so proud of you. Your family and friends are so proud of you.

In the College of Liberal Arts, we pride ourselves on introducing our studetnts to the hardest and most important questions about the world and how we live in it. What is the good life? What is the structure of society? How is power attained and distributed? What is the human mind? What is language? How do people live together in a complex society? What happens when they fail to do so?

Our goal is to help equip you with the skills and knowledge you'll need to continue answering these questions as an adult. I say “continue” because your presence here at commencement means that you’ve already acquired so much knowledge and so many essential skills. You’re already quite accomplished at wrestling with the big questions.

But there is so much more to learn. So many new things to encounter and master. You will struggle. You will often fail. I can’t promise you that we’ve given you all or even most of the answers. What you’ve built here, though, is a strong foundation. You’ve proven that you can handle challenge and difficulty and complexity. You’ve proven that you can fail and grow and then succeed. You’ve proven that you can handle the real world. You can flourish in it.

I wish you the best as you continue to do so.

Ann Huff Stevens, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts

Administrative Officers 2023-2024

Ann huff stevens.

Dean, College of Liberal Arts David Bruton, Jr. Regents Chair in Liberal Arts

Steven Hoelscher

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Robert Crosnoe

Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies

Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Thursday, May 9

College of Liberal Arts

Moody Center

Friday, May 10

Gregory Gymnasium

Hogg Auditorium

Saturday, May 11

William C. Powers, Jr. Student Activity Center Auditorium

Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 9 a.m., Gregory Gymnasium

Thomas Wiseman, Professor and Chair


Haiqing Xu | Associate Professor

Saroj Bhattarai | Associate Professor


Thomas Wiseman | Department Chair, Professor


UT Economics, 2000

Consultant at Good Works Strategic Advisors


Presented by Robert Town | Graduate Studies Committee Chair, Professor


Presented by Stephanie Houghton | MA Program Director, Associate Professor of Instruction


Presentation of certificates to bachelor candidates.

Presented by

Richard Murphy | Associate Professor

Gerald Oettinger | Associate Professor


Recessional, economics commencement reception.

Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 11 a.m.

Bernard & Rapoport Audre (BRB) Lawn

You are cordially invited to attend the reception following the ceremony The reception will take place outside of BRB.

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Tony C. Budet is a community leader, nonprofit sector investor, and trusted advisor to and advocate for mission-oriented organizations in Central Texas. He is a former long-tenured and accomplished credit union executive who seeks to boost performance through injection of strong culture, core values, and focused collaboration.

Tony earned a BA in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin. He served as President and Chief Executive office of University Federal Credit Union (UFCU) in Austin, Texas. He was honored by the National Credit Union Foundation as a 2024 Herb Wegner Award winner and was inducted into the Credit Union House and Credit Union Executives Society Halls of Fame in 2023. Currently, Tony serves as a consultant to Good Works Strategic Advisors partnering with and counseling executive directors of Central Texas nonprofits. He also serves as a Nexus committee member and mentor for the Austin Center for Faith and Work.

Friday, May 10, 2024, at 3 p.m., Hogg Auditorium

Sienna String Quartet

Student Marshal

Douglas Bruster

Louann and Larry Temple Centennial Professorship in English Literature

Distinguished Teaching Professor

Grand Marshal

Elizabeth Cullingford

Jane Weinert Blumberg Chair in English

Faculty Marshal

Walter Buenger

Barbara White Stuart Centennial Professor in Texas History

Martha Newman

Chair, Department of History


Keith Sharman

Producer, 60 Minutes

Winner of Alfred I. duPont- Columbia Awards

University of Texas at Austin, History, Class of 1998


English and History Faculty


Mildred Hajek Vacek and John Roman Vacek Chair


Steel Pan Ensemble

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This year's commencement address will be delivered by Keith Sharman . Keith Sharman is an award-winning producer for 60 Minutes in New York. He has won two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Awards, the broadcast journalism equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize: the first for a 2006 investigation into a billion-dollar corruption scandal in the Iraqi Ministry of Defense and the second, for being part of the CBS NEWS team that covered the Newtown shootings in 2012. Keith has received twelve Emmy nominations and won his first for 60 Minutes’ coverage of the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris.

During his 23 years at 60 Minutes / CBS NEWS, Keith has specialized in big interviews, breaking-news, economics, history, politics, sports & war. He’s produced pieces that included interviews with President Joe Biden; Vice President Kamala Harris; Secretary of State Antony Blinken; former Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush (for an obituary of President George H.W. Bush). In 2019, he produced the first interview with Crown Prince Muhammed Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia following the assassination of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi. In 2017, he produced Congressman Steve Scalise’s first interview during his recovery from the Congressional baseball shooting.

This past February, he was part of a 60 Minutes / CBS News team that were the first journalists to cover the U.S. Navy’s response to attacks on international commercial shipping in the vital waterways of the Red Sea.

Keith has reported stories from more than twenty-five different countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Russia & Syria. He’s also worked with some of the biggest names in broadcast news, including Ed Bradley, Anderson Cooper, Steve Kroft, Norah O’Donnell, Scott Pelley, Lesley Stahl, and Mike Wallace.

He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and two daughters.

Friday, May 10, 2024, at 8:30 a.m., Gregory Gymnasium

Professor and Chair

Elliott Morris

Editorial Director of Data Analytics, ABC News


Michael Anderson

Director, International Relations & Global Studies


Presentation of certificates to graduates.

Announced by

Bethany Albertson

Associate Professor, Department of Government

Raul Madrid

Professor, Department of Government

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Elliott Morris is the Editorial Director of Data Analytics at ABC News, where he develops polling aggregation and election-forecasting models and manages the data science and visualization teams for FiveThirtyEight, a popular political analysis website. He is a regular guest on the network’s podcasts as well as its broadcast and streaming news programs, where he provides political analysis of notable events and upcoming elections.

Elliott is also the author of STRENGTH IN NUMBERS: How Polls Work and Why We Need Them, a book about public opinion polling and democracy which was published in 2022 by W. W. Norton. Elliott’s academic interests include Bayesian statistical modeling, the dynamics of public opinion during elections, why and how voters make decisions, survey sampling in eras of politically motivated nonresponse, and political theory.

From 2018 to 2023 Elliot was a Senior Data Journalist and US Correspondent for The Economist, where he covered American politics, public opinion polling, demographics, and elections — among other topics. Elliott was the lead developer of the paper’s election forecasting models, including for the US and several European and South American countries.

Elliott is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (2018), where he majored in Government and History and minored in Computer Science. He lives outside Washington, DC with his wife (also a proud longhorn), dog and two cats. When he’s not working he enjoys walks through the area’s plentiful trails and parks, reading a variety of non-fiction books and articles, and brainstorming his next book project. He is originally from Texas’s coastal bend.

Thursday, May 9, 2024, at 6 p.m., Moddy Center

Faculty Procession

Welcome remarks.

Ann Huff Stevens - Dean, College of Liberal Arts

Alumni Speaker

Pete Geren, CEO & President, Sid W. Richardson Foundation

Recognition of Dean's Distinguished Graduates

Presentation of graduates.

  • African and African Diaspora Studies; Race, Indigeneity & Migration Studies; Ethnic Studies
  • American Studies; Urban Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Asian Studies; Asian American Studies; Asian Cultures and Languages
  • Classical Studies; Classical Languages
  • Geographical Sciences; Geography; Environmental Sciences; Sustainability Studies
  • French; French Studies; Italian Studies
  • European Studies; German; Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
  • Health and Society
  • Human Dimensions of Organizations
  • Iberian and Latin American Languages and Cultures; Portuguese; Spanish
  • International Relations and Global Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies; Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures; Jewish Studies
  • Various COLA Majors

Student Speaker

Joshua Russell, Plan II & Rhetoric & Writing

  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Mexican American & Latina/o Studies
  • Plan II Honors Program
  • Religious Studies
  • Rhetoric & Writing
  • Women's & Gender Studies

Commencement Speaker

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CEO & President, Sid Richardson Foundation

Geren is President and CEO of the Sid W. Richardson Foundation. A native of Fort Worth, he earned his undergraduate degree in history at UT Austin and attended The University of Texas Law School. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for four consecutive terms. In 2007, Geren was confirmed as the 20th Secretary of the United States Army, a post he rose to after joining the Pentagon in September 2001.

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Joshua Russell

Plan ii & rhetoric & writing.

Joshua, a Michigan-born Texan, is graduating with a degree in Plan II Honors and Rhetoric and Writing. During his time at UT, Joshua was committed to addressing disparities in higher education, advocating for the creation of safe and supportive writing spaces, and participating in and organizing events that focused on showcasing Black artistic expression. He’s performed at every Poetry on the Pond since its inception in 2021 and, in his final semester, received the “All We Can Save” Poetry Award.

Saturday, May 11, 2024, Auditorium, at 10 a.m., William C. Powers, Jr. Student Activity Center Auditorium

Karma R. Chávez, Professor and Chair

Mary “Maggie” Rivas-Rodriguez

Professor, School of Journalism and Media

Director, Center for Mexican American Studies

Karma R. Chávez

Bobby and Sherri Patton Endowed Professor in Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

Chair, Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

Jose Reuben Parra-Cardona

Professor and Associate Dean, Steve Hicks School of Social Work

Interim Director, Latino Research Institute

Maria E. Cotera

Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor, Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

Rachel V. González-Martin

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Advisor, Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

Reception to follow, hosted by the Center for Mexican American Studies.

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Dr. Ruben Parra-Cardona is a Professor and Associate Dean for Global Engagement at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work and the Interim Director of the Latino Research Institute.

Before coming to UT, Professor Parra-Cardona was at Michigan State University where he was an associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, College of Social Science; and the associate director of the MSU Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence. He was funded by NIMH to investigate the treatment efficacy and relevance of two versions of an evidence-based parenting intervention culturally adapted for Latino families with young children.

Professor Parra-Cardona is currently funded by NIDA to extend this line of research to Latino families with adolescent children. He is the recipient of the 2013 American Family Therapy Academy Early Career Award for his innovative work on cultural adaptation research.

Professor Parra-Cardona has a wealth of experience on research collaborations across the U.S.-Mexico border, and is currently vice-president of the Family Process Institute, a member of the board of directors of the Centro de Investigación Familiar (a leading family therapy institute in Mexico and in Latin America), and a clinical faculty member and researcher in the Instituto Regional de Estudios de la Familia (a leading family therapy institute in northern Mexico).

Professor Parra-Cardona completed his master’s and doctorate degrees at Texas Tech University and his bachelor’s degree at Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO), Guadalajara, México.

Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 9 a.m., Hogg Auditorium

1st Marshal:

Carol MacKay

Professor, Department of English

2nd Marshall:

Helena Woodard

Alexandra Wettlaufer

Professor of French and Comparative Literature

Director, Plan II Honors Program

Hayden W. Head Regent's Chair

Stuart Stedman Director's Chair in Plan II


Presentation of Plan II Chad Oliver Teaching Award

Lito Elio Porto

Associate Professor of Instruction, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

William Cotton Hearn, '24

Plan II Honors and Government

Heidi Boutros Gesch , '04

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Born in the United States to parents who emigrated from Egypt, Heidi Boutros Gesch completed her BA in Plan II Honors and Government at the University of Texas at Austin in 2004 as a Dedman Scholar, where she graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and was awarded a Truman Scholarship. She received her MPhil degree in international relations at Oxford University, where she was a Marshall Scholar and selected as a Goldman Sachs Global Leader.

She completed her JD at Yale University, where she was a Fellow of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, a merit-based fellowship exclusively for immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate school in the United States.

While still an undergraduate, Heidi wrote a country report for the UN World Conference against racism, interned with the International Justice Mission in India, worked on the Milosevic trial at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague, and investigated prison conditions in Russia for the Moscow Center for Prison Reform. Her senior thesis evaluated the motives behind attacks against white farmers in post-apartheid South Africa. Before embarking on her Oxford University program, Heidi interned with the Public Defender Service of DC, investigating felonies on behalf of indigents, and later worked for the FBI, where she analyzed drug trafficking and money laundering intelligence. More recently, she has worked with USAID in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

She was previously a Trial Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Public Integrity Section, where she investigated and prosecuted public corruption crimes. She is now working for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Alexandria, VA.

This year, 5 graduates in the College of Liberal Arts were designated as Dean’s Distinguished Graduates, based on high achievements in scholarship, leadership, and service to the College.

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Joshua L. Crutchfield

African and African Diaspora Studies Ph.D.

Joshua L. Crutchfield is a scholar of 20th century Black freedom movements, African American women’s history, Black intellectual history, and abolition studies. He is an incoming postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Black Studies at Northwestern University. He has extensively published and presented his research, earning fellowships, awards, and prizes, while also contributing to his discipline and campus community at The University of Texas. His research has been recognized with the Harry Ransom Center UT Fellowship, the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Women and Politics, and the Graduate Association for African American History’s Memphis State Eight Paper Prize. He has also served as managing editor of the academic blog Black Perspectives, and as internship coordinator for the “Commemorating Student Activism: Past, Present, and Future” (CSA) project.

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Faith M. Deckard

Sociology Ph.D.

Faith M. Deckard is a sociology Ph.D. graduate at The University of Texas and an incoming assistant professor at UCLA. Her research examines how marginalized communities experience, navigate, and respond to institutions like the U.S. criminal justice system. Her passion for research and teaching is rooted in her lived experience. Witnessing several family members navigate the criminal justice system made her keenly aware of the relationship between individual agency and structure and influenced her perception of education as a vehicle to increase awareness of social problems and provide people with tools to develop and enact solutions. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Austin Branch of the American Association of University Women. At UT, she taught undergraduate students, prospective college students (via Summer Discovery), and women behind bars (via the Texas Prison Education Initiative), and she has served her department as Sociology Student Minority Liaison and Student Chair.

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Austin German

Linguistics Ph.D.

Austin German is a Ph.D. graduate in Linguistics whose research focuses at the intersections of sign language typology, sociolinguistics, and language development. His research focuses on an emergent sign language, developed by several deaf siblings in an Indigenous community of southern Mexico. He received a BA in Linguistics and a BS in Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego in 2018. He has conducted long-term fieldwork with signers of Zinacantec Family Homesign (ZFHS), a sign language developed by three deaf siblings and their hearing extended family members in Zinacantán, an Indigenous community of southern Mexico. German has also collaborated with other scholars to produce the first ethnographic comparison of sign language socialization practices in three different Indigenous Mesoamerican communities.

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Tristin Brynn Hooker

Rhetoric and Writing Ph.D.

Tristin Brynn Hooker is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing. Her research examines the rhetoric of rare diseases at the intersection of clinical science, patient advocacy, and public policy. Her work has appeared in Rhetoric of Health and Medicine, Computers and Composition, and College Composition and Communication. Hooker studies the material and generative effects of rhetorical processes, the development and sustainability of institutions, and the transformative power of research and education, which sit at the vital intersection of clinical research, pharmaceutical regulation, patient- provider communication, and patient advocacy. Hooker has have served as an editorial assistant for Rhetoric Society Quarterly and as associate editor of Praxis: A Writing Center Journal. She also served as a member of the UWC’s graduate administrative team, and as assistant director of lower-division writing.

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“Molly” Mary McNamara

Clinical Psychology Ph.D.

“Molly” Mary McNamara is receiving her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The University of Texas at Austin and is a recipient of a Harrington Dissertation Fellowship. Her research investigates cognitive mechanisms of depression, including advanced computational approaches to understanding depression. She has accepted a postdoctoral position at Harvard Medical School McLean Hospital. While at UT, she has published nine articles and has additional manuscripts in progress. McNamara was selected to supervise her peers in UT’s graduate-level practicum course, and currently supervises practicum students at Harvard Medical School. Additionally, she led a summer workshop series to fill a clinical training gap for first-year doctoral students. She was primary mentor on two honors theses and mentored several additional undergraduates who are now pursuing advanced degrees. McNamara also provided over 1,000 hours of low/no-cost therapy to the Austin community.


This year, 16 graduating seniors in the College of Liberal Arts were designated as Dean's Distinguished Graduates, based on high achievements in scholarship, leadership, and service to the College.

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Eddie Lee Bankston Jr.

African and African Diaspora Studies, Humanities Honors

Eddie Lee Bankston Jr. is graduating with dual majors in African and African Diaspora Studies and Humanities Honors from The University of Texas at Austin. During his time at UT, he served a leadership role in Project SEED, guiding a team of undergraduate researchers in reviewing articles on the stress experienced by bilingual children serving as cultural intermediaries for their parents. He also worked for the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis transcribing interviews on the settlement experiences of black Cubans in Miami, FL during the Civil Rights Era. Bankston is a recipient of the President’s Award for Global Learning for his investigation of racial discrimination on UK campuses while studying in London. At A New Way of Life, he wrote grants to expand their S.A.F.E housing network to Detroit, MI. While volunteering at Doug’s House in in Austin, he collaborated on a virtual scrapbook, highlighting the power of collective efforts in creating tributes amid the HIV/AIDS journey.

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Megha Bhatia

Plan II Honors, Health and Society

Megha Bhatia is a Plan II Honors and Health and Society graduate. She is a mentor and coordinator for the Plan II-KIPP partnership, an Osier Lab research assistant, and a recipient of the President’s Award for Global Learning. She is passionate about challenging health inequities and advancing medical humanities as a future physician. As a leader in the undergraduate-run Osier Lab, she helped build a UT Signature Course on cultural humility in healthcare, published in a kids’ science journal, and served as onboarding officer. As program coordinator for the Plan II-KIPP partnership, she worked to connect undergraduates to young people who seek a friend to share and learn from and, in return, foster mentors’ openmindedness and self-growth. While abroad, Bhatia worked on a team building a patient-turning tool to prevent bedsores with Kenyan and UT nursing and engineering students. Through her honors thesis on the mental health of wound care nurses, she was able to contribute to the research on the subject in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Mishell Magnus Ducloux

Humanities, French

Mishell Magnus Ducloux is graduating with a degree in Humanities and French. She plans on teaching English in France and pursuing either law or linguistics. As the first in her immigrant family to receive a degree in the United States, she is driven to pave the way for her younger siblings, and her move from Mexico to Austin has inspired much of her studies, research, and service. Ducloux has tutored refugee children in a local home, using her French and Spanish there, and has helped Afghan families apply for re-parole and Dreamers for DACA. Her experiences culminated in a large-scale research project that seeks ways to better serve Hispanic students and to enhance the linguistic ecology on campus. After graduating, she plan to teach English in France and then pursue a degree in either law or linguistics.

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Neerul Gupta

Rhetoric and Writing, Psychology Honors

Neerul Gupta is a Dedman Distinguished Scholar and Liberal Arts Honors student, graduating with degrees in Rhetoric and Writing and Psychology Honors. While earning her degrees at UT Austin, Gupta received two fellowships at leading Texas research centers, presented at two national conferences, earned multiple awards, and published an article in Psychology Today. Gupta had initially planned to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, but instead fell in love with the storytelling aspects of psychology. Now an aspiring copywriter, she worked as a content writer for the School of Design and Creative Technologies and an editor at Spark magazine. After graduating, Gupta plans to teach English in Madrid.

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Brooke E. Jordan

Brooke E. Jordan graduated with a bachelor's in Psychology and minor in Health Communication. As a peer mentor, teaching assistant, and research assistant, she completed her honors thesis examining developmental learning trajectories. Jordan worked as a uRA, piloting an experiment for an external investigator and leading a team of eight uRAs and as a senior lead PACE Mentor. She concurrently served as a TA for two courses and also worked as a COLA front desk associate. She now works at Brown University as a joint-laboratory manager of three research labs.

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Noor M. Khan

International Relations & Global Studies

Noor M. Khan is graduating with degrees in International Relations & Global Studies with minors and certificates in Asian American Studies, Global Management, and Business Spanish. She loves engaging with AAPI and other minority group communities through art, social justice activism, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work. An instance of Islamophobia she faced as a child led to her interest in different cultures and her academic concentrations, which provided her with vocabulary to understand her experiences and histories and the desire to help others feel seen. Academically, Khan pursued a capstone project on acculturation and served as an intercultural competency trainer. Professionally, she served as a DEI intern at Texas Instruments. She has exhibited poetry on South Asian America throughout Austin and organized events with the Center for Asian American Studies, planning its first community iftar. She looks forward to a professional focus on DEI.

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Amara Kwiatkowski

Amara Kwiatkowski is graduating with a degree in Government. She has worked with the Center for Community Engagement and served as editor-inchief of Texas Orator, a multi-partisan publication, throughout her time at UT. She also served as chair in the Community Engagement Collective (CEC), leading members in organizing The Project, UT’s largest day of service, and Alternative Breaks (AB), a spring break community service trip. She completed an independent research project on voting rights and racial disparities in Austin and acted as a research apprentice on the Mapping Violence project, investigating the problematic history of elections in Texas. Kwiatkowski hopes to pursue a career as a political science researcher and professor, studying contentious politics.

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Plan II Honors, Human Development & Family Sciences

Nina Mbonu is a Dedman Scholar and premedical student majoring in Plan II Honors and Human Development & Family Sciences. She has volunteered at St. David’s Medical Center and served as a TA for Plan II’s Pathways to Civic Engagement. Her time at UT has been largely inspired by her identity as a Nigerian immigrant, her passion for service-oriented leadership, and her desire to work in global pediatric medicine. As a freshman, she worked as an RA for the Origins Project, contributing to the research and development of a human fossil database and co-authoring a paper published in the Journal of Human Evolution. Mbonu is currently an RA for Project TAURUS, a study researching the impact of racial discrimination on health, where she is researching the impact of parent-child conflict on adolescent anxiety in immigrant vs. non-immigrant households. As a Student Counselor for Dell Medical School, she mentored students from underrepresented backgrounds. She also served as an intern at People’s Community Clinic and a bedtime reader at Helping Hand Home for Children.

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Samuel Mills

International Relations & Global Studies, Asian Studies

Samuel Mills is graduating with dual degrees in International Relations and Global Studies and Asian Studies with a focus on modern Korean history. He has staffed conferences through Central Texas Model UN and competed on the collegiate circuit across North America. He has conducted research through an undergraduate-led think tank, Global Macro Team, and through the many hours working in archives to produce his undergraduate thesis. Mills looks forward to enrolling in graduate school with the goal of earning a Ph.D. in history and a career in academia.

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Morgan Pace

Morgan Pace is graduating with a degree in Government. During her time at UT Austin, she has played on the Texas soccer team and served as president of the National Black Law Student Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha, and the Black President's Leadership Council. She is the recipient of the annual Sharon H Justice Leadership Scholarship. As president of the National Black Law Student Association, she has discovered that learning is a tool for empowerment. As the President of Delta Xi chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, she leads a group of women in their mission to provide service to all mankind. They have broken barriers in the community for decades and Pace was honored to continue to carry this legacy. As the co-chair of the Black President's Leadership Council, Pace embraced the opportunity to guide Black leaders on campus.

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Marco A. Pevia

Spanish, Linguistics

Marco A. Pevia is graduating with degrees in Spanish and Linguistics and a minor in Portuguese. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, his research focused on the impact of Heritage Spanish instruction on the linguistic and social anxieties of Heritage Spanish speakers. This research also informs his Spanish Honors thesis. As a McNair Scholar, Pevia's work interrogated the usage of Black English by Latinx speakers at his own community high school in Texas. He has received support from the Longhorn Center for Academic Equity, which has motivated his work as a mentor in the First-Gen Longhorns program. In this position, he mentored ten first-year, first-generation college students. After graduating from UT, Pevia plans to attend a Ph.D. program for Hispanic linguistics and eventually seek a tenure-track position at a research university, continuing to support heritage students.

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Ingrid Piña

Humanities Honors

Ingrid Piña has received supported from the Dedman Distinguished Scholars Program, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, and the Humanities Honors Program. She researches Venezuelan migration, writes poetry, and practices videography. She serves as head chef at Pearl St. Co-op. After completing various communications internships for U.S. Department of State offices, and after studying in Mexico when the Title 42 policy was extended to Venezuelan migrants without warning, Piña conducted independent research on how migrants and U.S. federal offices communicate online. She is graduating with a degree from the Humanities Honors Program, where she designed her own course plan encompassing research and interests in the arts. Piña was accepted to the MFA Poetry program at Johns Hopkins, with full funding, and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Visual Anthropology following the MFA.

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Kimia Pourebrahim

Kimia Pourebrahim is graduating with a degree in Humanities Honors with a course of study focused on Immigrant and Refugee Health. She served as a leadership member and clinical volunteer for the C.D. Doyle Free Clinic and Health Careers Mentorship Program and biked from Texas to Alaska to advocate for cancer prevention. As a future physician, Kimia is devoted to advancing accessible health education. Her experience as a first-generation Iranian immigrant in Belgium and the United States drove her passion for improving health education for refugee communities. Able to speak Farsi and engage meaningfully with Afghan culture, Pourebrahim designed and facilitated culturally adapted cancer education workshops for Afghan refugee women in Austin. Collaborating with the Livestrong Cancer Institute, she is coordinating free mammograms and pap-smears for the women she's guided for the past year. She looks forward to pursuing a career as a refugee healthcare provider.

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Olivia Richert

Environmental Science, Government

Olivia Richert is graduating with degrees in Environmental Science and Government and will be attending law school in August with a passion for energy law. She is an alumna of the Archer Fellowship Program and currently works at Tesla as an energy and charging policy intern. Richert cites her impressive physical height as a source of empowerment, motivating her commitment to public service and to alleviating the gender imbalance in government. As a staunch environmentalist, her long-term goal is to assume a leadership role at a federal agency to drive systemic shifts toward a climate-friendly power grid. In preparation, she has pursued internships at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Tesla.

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Ritesh Soule

Ritesh Soule is graduating with a degree in History with a Pre-Health Professions certificate. At UT, he researched the history of medicine and the social determinants of health through his honors thesis and through volunteering in organizations such as Dell Med HLA, Dell Seton Medical Center, Micah 6. At Dell Med HLA, Soule helped the unhoused find resources at C.D. Doyle Clinic and track health funding in Austin in the 1960s through the Model Cities Champions group. After graduation, Ritesh will matriculate to medical school.

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Cameron Waltz

Asian Studies, International Relations, Chinese, Government

Cameron Waltz is a Dedman Distinguished Scholar and an aspiring policymaker in U.S.-China relations. While at UT, Waltz took on four majors to examine the bilateral U.S.-China relationship from as many perspectives as possible. He studied abroad three times and achieved fluency in Chinese and intermediate proficiency in Korean. As an intern—and later junior fellow—at the Bush China Foundation, Waltz co-authored several reports and op-eds on U.S.-China affairs. He wrote an Asian Studies honors thesis investigating the process of Taiwanese foreign policymaking and how it might shape U.S.-China security ties in the coming decades. As an undergraduate fellow at the Clements Center, he organized UT's first Undergraduate National Security Thesis Symposium, which united students across disciplines to share their policy-relevant research. As editor-in-chief of the Intercollegiate U.S.-China Journal, he helped expand the staff from four students to 23, spread across both countries. As vice president of Liberal Arts Council, Waltz worked with Associate Dean Carter to develop best practices to protect COLA students' well-being and privacy amid online learning.

Dean's Distinguished Graduates Honorable Mention

The 2024 Dean's Distinguished Graduates Honorable Mention recipients are:

  • Alexander Vu, Economics
  • Chloe Brownlow, Health and Society
  • Emily Lawitz, Religious Studies, Middle Eastern Studies
  • Grace Ann Arulanandam, Italian Studies
  • Kaya Stiffel, Psychology
  • Keziah Reina, Linguistics
  • Mary Michael, Sustainability Studies
  • Mimi Calzada, Rhetoric and Writing
  • Monica Olivo, Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
  • Nathan Silverstein, Government
  • Olivia Green, American Studies, History, Liberal Arts Honors
  • Rachel Chen, Sociology, Psychology, Liberal Arts Honors
  • Sara Apostol, Humanities
  • Simon Gerst, Jewish Studies, German, Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
  • Tanya Velazquez, Latin American Studies
  • Zander Vasquez, Sociology, Psychology
  • Zoe Alvarez, History, Government, Liberal Arts Honors
  • Arianna Avalle, Italian Studies
  • Andra Bailard, Comparative Literature
  • Keith Padraic Chew, Government
  • Ashley Garcia, History
  • Emily Martin, French

Degrees and honors listed are only projections. Actual degrees conferred and honors earned will be determined after final grades are submitted.

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