Dean’s Undergraduate Research Awards (DURA)
Next Deadline: 11:59PM on Friday, March 9, 2018
Info Session: Macksey Seminar Room (BLC, M-level) Monday, February 12 at 5:30PM
The Sheridan Libraries DURA is intended for students working on research projects that specifically utilize primary source materials in the rare book, manuscript, and archival collections of the Sheridan Libraries. The awards support research conducted over the summer months, and are meant to be used as cost-of-living stipends for awardees for the duration of their research. In recent years, awards have consisted of $1,250 for a four-week research period, up to a maximum of $3,750 for a 12-week period of funding, although levels may vary. Any additional research expenses during the research period must be drawn from the total amount of the student award, though some costs such as digitization may be possible without charge. Students typically live in Baltimore for the summer months, and use the Libraries’ collections for intensive research; a minimum of 25 hours per week of work with the designated research materials is required.
Applicants must identify a faculty mentor or a curator/librarian, who can help applicants identify materials for research, formulate project proposals, and conduct research. Research outcomes might take the form of a traditional research essay, a digital exhibition, a video, or something else entirely.
The fellowships are restricted to freshman, sophomore, and junior applicants; seniors graduating in 2018 are not eligible.
- A two- to three-page, single-spaced proposal that addresses the following:
- The topic to be explored and question(s) you want to investigate.
- Specific primary source materials in the Sheridan Libraries’ collections and (if relevant) at other libraries that you will examine.
- Your qualifications for conducting the research: eg, interests, related classes, personal experience, work experience, related research.
- Your timeline for completion of the project.
- Expected outcome of the project: eg, honors thesis, essay, exhibition, digital project.
- An itemized budget.
- How often you and your mentor will meet about the project.
- Send your application letter to Heidi Herr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- One letter of recommendation from a faculty member or curator/librarian. Once your application is submitted, ask your recommender to email their letter to Heidi Herr at email@example.com. Recommendation letters should address the following:
- How long and in what capacity you have known the student
- The student’s academic strengths, qualifications, and ability to conduct independent research
Please contact us for help and more information!
- Gabrielle Dean, PhD, William Kurrelmeyer Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts, for projects using nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first century materials.
- Earle Havens, PhD, Nancy H. Hall Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts, for projects using materials from the ancient world through the eighteenth century.
Special Collections Freshman Fellows
Next Deadline: Fall 2018
We are thrilled to announce our Freshman Fellows for the 2017-2018 academic year. Tim Lyu, Brian Joseph, Keyi Yin, and Chloe Otterson will be exploring a variety of topics, from the disappearance of Hopkins professor Jose Robles to a study of 19th century books and other printed ephemera pertaining to the supernatural world.
Freshman Fellows is an academic opportunity designed to introduce students to conducting research with rare books, manuscripts, and archival material. Freshmen can choose from different “time capsules” of themed collections from Special Collections resources or propose their own topic to explore! Fellows will work with Special Collections staff, who will serve as mentors and provide one-on-one research guidance. The program culminates in the creation of an end product of the students’ choosing that focuses on their research. Each fellow will receive a $1,000 stipend.
Past Fellows have translated and researched 16th century Latin texts; pored through collections of advertisements, women’s magazines, and books to examine how the 19th century Dress Reform movement impacted first wave feminism; traced the development of student life on Homewood Campus from the 1920s to today; and examined how editors changed Shakespeare’s language through the centuries. They have shared their research through curated displays in the Special Collections Reading Room, poster sessions, and public talks. Feeling inspired? Consider applying to be a Freshman Fellow! We will be accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year starting in August. Details involving the application process will be published in early July of 2018. If you do have questions about the program, please contact Heidi Herr.