Undergraduate Research Initiative
A collaboratively-designed seminar course for undergraduates looking for independent research in the humanities and interpretive social sciences. Offered for the first time during the spring 2013 semester, the course is a joint initiative of the Library and the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and works with OADI (Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives), the Rawlings Presidential Research Scholars, and the Mellon Mays Program. The Initiative aims to prepare students for meaningful research assistantships and to take advantage of locally- and externally-funded grant and fellowship opportunities. The course teaches students to develop sophisticated research strategies, articulate research questions, manage information, and communicate as scholars. Overseen by Vice Provost Laura Brown and managed by the Library, the course is taught by librarians and library staff, working with archival photographs, artwork, manuscripts, social media, ethnographic studies, geospatial information, and statistical sources. Ten faculty members act as mentors, serving as points of contact for students as they move from this course to research experiences in their fields of interest.