UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – Increasing undergraduate student engagement in humanities research is at the center of a new initiative launched by the Penn State Humanities Institute with support from the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence and academic libraries.

The partners will launch the Student Research Initiative with a symposium, “Rethinking Undergraduate Research in the Humanities”, on Friday, October 15 at the West Pattee Library and virtually via Zoom.

In addition to showcasing humanities-focused research conducted by faculty and undergraduate students and exploring avenues for fostering greater collaboration in the future, the full-day event will include a keynote address by opening titled “Community-Led, Faculty-Led: Innovations in Undergraduate Research” by Eric Hartman, Executive Director of the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship at Haverford College.

“Our aim is to share information on the most exciting established practices and to stimulate new ideas on student-faculty collaboration in humanities research,” said John Christman, professor of philosophy, political science and feminist studies at Penn State, and director of the Institute for the Humanities. “By showing how students can get involved in research projects with faculty, we hope to illustrate the exciting opportunities available to humanities students.”

All faculty, staff, or graduate students of Penn State interested in attending the Symposium, either virtually or in person, are welcome to do so; Visit the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences Student Research Initiative webpage to register or view the calendar of events. Please note that Penn State requires that people attending in-person events wear a mask indoors, regardless of their immunization status.

Last updated on October 08, 2021