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The Research Colloquium

DESCRIPTION, OBJECTIVES, AND ADMISSIONS

The Research Colloquium is a writing seminar designed for outstanding students of history, as well as students of other humanistic fields, whom it allows to develop and revise already-existing research projects in the context of a structured intellectual community. The Research Colloquium offers its members the possibility to "workshop" their projects-in-progress: students regularly share drafts of their research papers with the group, from whom they receive feedback and constructive criticism.


The objective of the Colloquium is to provide a setting and structure that together make possible for each student the production of a refined piece of original work, which showcases not only the specialized knowledge but also analytical and writing skills they have acquired with their degree from the College. Students have found the Research Colloquium to be an ideal place to complete and revise projects, such as Field Papers and Master's Theses, and to produce writing samples. The seminar is open to BOTH undergraduate and graduate students; and it is a three-credit course with grades. It is the expectation of the Department that each student will complete a highly refined piece of scholarship of a length appropriate for the completion of their task by the end of the semester, and that each student will also work on the behalf of the Colloquium's community, by reading and constructively engaging the work of their peers.


Admission: The Research Colloquium is selective and by application only. Students can apply for the seminar by submitting to its instructor via email: 1) a letter of application in which they briefly state the topic of their research project, the context in which it was first developed, the current stage of its production, and the name of the project's mentor; and 2) an attachment of a draft of the paper they intend to workshop and develop, or an appropriate equivalent thereof--such as, a Thesis Prospectus or project proposal. Before applying to the Colloquium, students should identify and seek the commitment of a "mentor" for their project. In most cases, the appropriate mentor will be the instructor under whose guidance the project was first conceptualized and initially drafted; however, in certain cases, a substitute may be found. Upon the receipt of a commitment, the student should ask their mentor to send in support of their application a brief letter of recommendation to the instructor of the Colloquium in which they address the quality of the project and the student's ability to carry it out within in the context of the Colloquium and in the semester the latter is scheduled. In their letter, the mentor should also express their willingness to further supervise the project. Applications wanting any of the materials listed above will be considered incomplete. The instructor of the Colloquium will begin considering applications as of the date of registration for classes. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Preference will be given to History majors and MAs.