summer, up to 12 Undergraduate Research Fellows will be selected to
participate in the Humanities Summer Research Institute. The institute
provides intellectual community and regular support for students working on
individual research projects in history, philosophy, literature, media,
cultural studies, religion, anthropology, classics, rhetoric, modern languages,
and other humanities subjects. Most
participants will use their time in the institute to complete a project for the
Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program, the Dean’s Scholars Program, the Honors and
Scholars Program, or departmental honors. The institute is intended to give beginning
researchers a sense of what it is like to join a vibrant, interdisciplinary
community of scholars.
research can be a lonely endeavor, involving painstaking archival work and lots
of reading, writing, and rewriting. The
Research Institute provides a collegial environment where ambitious students
can receive guidance, feedback, and support on a regular basis. In 2018, the institute will be led by Professor
Andrew Hebard (English). It will meet once a week for two hours. Homework will be minimal and targeted at
enhancing the research project. In the institute,
students will discuss the ups and downs of their work, share findings and
writing, give and receive feedback, study models of excellence, and practice
presenting their work to other scholars. Professor Hebard will help fellows set
and meet goals, learn how to work around typical research problems, and make
their findings clear to an interdisciplinary audience. Above all, the institute
will offer community during a period of intense individual study.
institute is intended to supplement and enhance, not replace, traditional
one-on-one faculty supervision of undergraduate research projects. Student Research
Fellows will continue to work closely with
individual faculty mentors who are expert in their fields. Specialist faculty supervisors will remain
instructors of record with full authority over their students’ projects, and
they will continue to receive any professional expenses awarded for directing
students projects. Professor Hebard will liase with these faculty members, and he will work to help students achieve the
goals set by their faculty supervisors.
in the Summer Research Institute is free,
and Research Fellows will receive $250 to support their research expenses. This award will come in the form of a bursar
credit upon completion of the program.
the Institute will meet Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for 10 of the 12
weeks between May 22 and August 8. This
is a residential program, but it can accommodate some student travel, provided
absences are limited and students are able to participate electronically. The final
schedule of sessions will take student travel into account.
To appy please click HERE. The application is simple and
requires only a statement of research interest, an unofficial transcript, and a
tentative description of summer travel plans.
Selection of fellows will begin Feb 2 and continue on a rolling
basis. Criteria include intellectual
development, participation in other Humanities Center research programs, soundness of project, and ability to be in Oxford during meetings.
To participate, selected students must receive the approval of their research