Are you a student who is 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? Do you know someone who would be a great fit for this kind of opportunity? 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 2022 program’s duration from May 17 – June 24, 2022. The 2022 DHSS program will be conducted virtually, via Zoom. While the program will be held virtually, the cost of on-campus housing will be covered for applicants who request it for the duration of the program. Candidates may be from any class year, as long as they are enrolled as a student at Lafayette College in the summer at the time of the program. During the six weeks 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 as varied as the social geography of Lafayette College, 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, disarmament in South Sudan, urban agriculture and activism in the city of Detroit, and more. 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.

To find out more about this program, browse past projects. Angela Perkins, Research and Instruction Librarian and director of the DHSS program, will lead the program with support from Lafayette Libraries colleagues and Lafayette College faculty.

To apply: Prior to submitting an application, students must meet with Angela Perkins 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, please contact: Angela Perkins. The application deadline is March 11, 2022. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by March 25, 2022.

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