The Effective Thesis project aims to assist students in their thesis topic choice and direct their attention to areas that have the potential to greatly improve the world. Choosing a final thesis topic is an important step in researchers’ trajectories, yet there doesn’t seem to be much assistance provided through standard channels. Moreover, the consideration of how much progress on a given question could improve the world often does not receive a lot of attention. We try to spark students' inspiration by suggesting research paths which are important from this perspective yet neglected and which could thus provide opportunities for higher impact via research. We also provide feedback on topic ideas, connect students with researchers who are already working in the same area and connect them with other students working on similar issues.
Our project is based on the principles of Effective Altruism, specifically with regard to how to use one’s resources to do the most good. It is also informed by the advice of 80000 Hours on how to use one’s career to significantly improve the world.
Martin Račák - significant help with web development
Vojtěch Veselý - significant help with web development
Jakub Zárybnický - significant help with web development
Caleb Huffman - help with running our Facebook community
And a big thank you also goes to all our coaches, funders and other supporters.