Undergraduate Research Symposium
Dates: March 6-8, 2015
This spring, the Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS) in Washington, D.C. will invite undergraduate students to share their research on Greek comedy or Latin literature of the Late Republic in a workshop setting. Students will have the opportunity to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of their work in progress, develop ideas, collect bibliographical suggestions, and gain perspectives from their peers and faculty representing a range of institutions.
Students’ papers and videos of the workshop are published in the online Sunoikisis Undergraduate Research Journal (ISSN 2373-5937). Because the papers begin and evolve in a digital medium, they can incorporate a wide variety of materials, including images, videos, links to other online resources, and other types of data. The students’ faculty mentors serve as the editorial board of the e-journal.
The CHS strongly encourages faculty members to accompany their students if at all possible. The students’ experience is much more productive and professional if they come with their faculty mentors and the conditions of participation outlined below assumes that a faculty member will support and guide the student throughout the process.
Any undergraduate from an institution in the U.S. may apply, although priority will be given to students currently participating in the inter-institutional Sunoikisis courses running in fall 2014.
Students’ topics should relate to either Greek comedy or Latin literature of the Late Republic. The following authors and texts are of particular interest:
Greek: Aristophanes: Acharnians, Ecclesiazusae, Clouds, Lysistrata; Gorgias, “Encomium of Helen”; Menander, Samia
Latin: Caesar de Bello Gallico; Catullus; Cicero Ad Atticum, Ad Familiares, Ad Quintum, Commentariolum Petitionis, Tusculan Disputations; Lucretius; Sallust Catiline; Suetonius Divus Augustus
However, the proposal need not be limited to literary topics: other topics might include social aspects of the time periods and material and architectural objects, e.g., space and place in Comedy, electoral procedures in the Republic, social bonds as understood in the 5th century BCE, and the like.
Conditions of Participation
Participants must acknowledge and incorporate the feedback they receive on their work. Students will have the opportunity to solicit comments at three junctures.
The selection committee of Sunoikisis faculty members will provide comments in response to students’ abstracts and annotated bibliographies as required by the application (details below). Students will be expected to take special note of bibliographical suggestions.
On January 30, 2015, students will submit their papers for pre-circulation. The CHS will make the papers available through an online tool that will also permit annotations. Students will be expected to annotate their own work, point out problem areas, and acknowledge annotations that their colleagues make. Every participant will be expected to make a number of substantial online comments on papers other than their own (see below).
During the workshop on Saturday, March 7, 2015, students will have an opportunity to discuss their paper with the group, seek other perspectives, and work through their own and others’ ideas. Following the workshop, students will finalize their papers and prepare them for publication in the Sunoikisis Undergraduate Research Journal (ISSN 2373-5937). The students’ faculty mentors serve as the editorial board of the e-journal.
Being a responsible scholar also means that students must be good colleagues who contribute to the development of their peers’ work. In advance of the workshop, participants must annotate two papers by their peers with at least two substantial comments per paper. In order to foster a collegial, productive atmosphere at the workshop, students must come prepared to make comments on their colleagues’ papers.
Students who were not enrolled in the fall Sunoikisis courses on Greek comedy or Latin literature of the Late Republic should familiarize themselves with the course content. Videos of the weekly course lectures are available on YouTube (Greek videos, Latin videos).
Travel and Accommodations
Participants are responsible for securing their own funding for travel and lodging expenses. In the past, some students’ institutions have been able to provide funding. The CHS can facilitate reservations for lodging at the Fairfax Hotel, located within a 5-minute walking distance of the Dupont Circle metro station and a 15-minute walk from the CHS. The rate for a double occupancy room is $134.50/night and for a single occupancy room it is $269.00/night. The CHS will assign students to double rooms, unless otherwise requested.
In addition, the CHS provides dinner on Friday night, all meals on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday morning at the hotel.
Participants should plan to arrive Friday afternoon before 5:00pm, and depart on Sunday. Thursday evening arrivals are possible.
Participants who wish to use the CHS library may do so by prior arrangement and should arrive by the early afternoon of Friday for an orientation.
Deadline: December 19, 2014
Students should submit an abstract (250 words) and an annotated bibliography by Friday, December 19, 2014. This abstract must be vetted by a sponsoring faculty mentor, and should be submitted along with the mentor’s contact information via the online application. The CHS will contact faculty mentors for recommendations following abstract submission.
In the abstract, students should explain why their topic is important, what question they aim to explore, and what method they propose to follow for answering the question. The following abstracts may serve as models: Example 1 and Example 2.
Students will receive notifications in early January, 2015.