Are you passionate about a research topic or project? Do you have an interest in using digital technology and tools as part of the research process and to create your own digital projects?

The Digital Humanities Summer Scholars (DHSS) Program is a six-week seminar with a minimum of 200 hours of work required. Funded through the Lafayette libraries, it offers a $3,000 stipend for the program’s duration from May 31–July 9. While the program will be held virtually, the cost of on-campus housing also will be covered for applicants who request it.* Candidates must be enrolled as a Lafayette student at the time of the program.

Students will meet for classes and labs multiple times weekly as a group to discuss readings and develop their research questions as well as attend workshops dedicated to learning digital tools including Gephi, TimelineJS, R, ArcGIS, etc. Past scholars have used this program to explore interests such as the social geography of Lafayette; racial perceptions of anime; the history of electronic synthesizers; New York City’s subways, bridges, highways, and expressways in the 20th century; Khmer classical dance in modern pop music; labor rights considerations in eSports; and disarmament in South Sudan. Students will present their final digital research projects at the end of the program to their fellow summer scholars and the Lafayette community at large during a recorded virtual event.

Angela Perkins, research and instruction librarian, will lead the program with support from Lafayette libraries colleagues and faculty. Prior to submitting an application, students must meet with her to discuss their research ideas and interests, as well as their experience (if any) with digital humanities, digital scholarship, filmmaking, digital art, computer science, web design, etc. Students who wish to apply will be given application instructions after their interview.

If you are interested and would like to interview, contact Angela Perkins  The application deadline is March 26. Students will be notified of their acceptance status by April 9.

*The availability of on-campus housing is not guaranteed and may be contingent on campus COVID-19 safety protocols. Applicants needing on-campus housing should note that on their application, and availability will be confirmed as soon as possible.

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