Crafting a Strong Thesis Statement | GPSC36


This workshop will focus on resolving the most common problems encountered with articulating a clear and effective thesis statement. It will guide students through editing strategies for turning static theses into arguments that respond dynamically to the evidence and engage the reader. This workshop will also distinguish thesis statements from other elements of the introduction paragraph.

This workshop will instruct students in the “evolving thesis” model of paper writing and research. Additionally, participants will have the chance to write their own thesis statements and introductions, and will spend a portion of the workshop working on their own material and providing feedback to one another.

Participants are encouraged to have ready a draft of an introduction of their own writing during the workshop.

Learning Objectives

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Identify common problems with thesis statements,
2. Develop strategies for improving static thesis statements,
3. Consider different ways of constructing an engaging introductory paragraph, and
4. Provide and receive feedback on thesis statements and introductions.

Leaders Information

Arsenio is a PhD candidate in the Sleep, Cognition and Neuroimaging Laboratory at Concordia. His research is focused on using artificial intelligence to investigate how changes in sleep can predict the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease and how physical activity and sleep influence cognition in older adults. Before coming to Montreal, he completed an MSc and DPhil (PhD) in Evidence-based medicine at the University of Oxford, UK and a BSc, MSc and doctorate in the US. Arsenio has experience conducting clinical research, peer-reviewing, and publishing papers. When not at the lab, Arsenio is an avid reader, cook, and equestrian.

How it works

Event details

Workshop location


Start date

Friday, May 17, 2024

End date

Friday, May 17, 2024

Workshop days



From 11:00 to 13:00


Arsenio Paez


Sophie Boucquillon


23 / 40

Registration deadline

Tuesday, May 14, 2024