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 could the progress on the given question improve the world often does not receive a lot of attention. We try to stir students’ inspiration by suggesting research paths which are important from this perspective yet neglected and thus could provide opportunities for higher impact via research. We also provide feedback on topic ideas, connect students with researchers who are already working in the given areas 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 about how to use one’s career to significantly improve the world.