Special Collections Freshman Fellows
Deadline Extension: Sunday, October 1, 2017
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? Apply to be a Freshman Fellow!
To apply, select a topic you are interested in exploring. Then, write an essay of no more than 750 words about why you want to participate, noting which collection you want to work with or proposing your own research topic. Send your application or any questions about the program, especially if you are looking for guidance about pitching your own topic, to Heidi Herr. We will start accepting applications on July 1. All applications must be received by 11:59PM on Sunday, October 1, 2017. Details on information sessions about the program and opportunities during Orientation week to look at Special Collections items will be available over the summer.
Select one of these topics, or create your own!