For Students: Research Funding
Summer Research Fellowships
The John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities—recognizing a particular need for augmented student research funding in the humanities and text-based social sciences—established a pair of Research Fellowships for the summer of 2012. View information about Summer Research Fellowships.
During the academic year, the Center will fund Student Research Stipends:
To foster vigorous and independent humanistic scholarship by Haverford students, the John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities offers research stipends of up to $400. Applications may be made for any of the following purposes:
- Travel to professional conferences & meetings relevant to a research project; to cultural events integral to a research or creative project; travel to libraries, collections, or museums to support a research or creative project;
- Obtaining materials needed for a research project unavailable in Tri-Co collections.
Grants are made on a rolling, ad hoc basis up to the capacity of the Center's funding line for this program. They are usually given for senior projects, although others may be considered. Applications must be supported by a Haverford faculty member.
How to Apply
Please email an MSWord file to Associate Director James Weissinger at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following:
- Name, Year, Major/Minor
- Faculty Sponsor name and contact info (make sure to tell your faculty sponsor you'll be putting down his/her name!)
- A description of your project; how will you utilize the funding? How does the project relate to your coursework?
- A detailed, itemized budget of expenses (travel, lodging, etc.)
View information about Summer Research Fellowships »
Past Projects Contract All | Expand All
Internship with Headlong Dance Theater
Antonia Brown '13 (Dance) interned with Headlong Dance Theater in Philadelphia, helping to head a publicity campaign for the company's fall semester intensive.
Anthropology of B-Boying
Alex Obando '12 (Anthropology) conducted research over winter break for her thesis about the values and rituals communicated through b-boying, a style of street dance, in Philadelphia.
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Inspired by her "Anthropology of the Body" class, Katie Monroe '12 (Anthropology; Gender & Sexuality Studies) travelled to the Alden Theater in McLean, VA to see Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the world's premiere all-male comedic ballet company.
Volunteering with the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Jacob Horn '13 (Classics and Comparative Literature) volunteered for the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, digitizing thousands of microfiche negatives containing the personal correspondence of photographer Paul Strand, whose core collection the museum is currently in the process of acquiring.
Art History Presentations at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Bowling Green State University
Kim Wegel '12 (History of Art) presented papers "A Pygmalion Community: The communal touch in modern German and Austrian History" and "On Corporality and Liminality: Valie Export and the Drama of Becoming" at the Cleveland Art Museum and Bowling Green State University. Both papers were organized around the notion of "touch" as artistic medium itself, particularly in relation to communal memory and Germany's/Austria's postwar narratives.
Presentation at SIUE Philosophy Conference
Elizabeth Wingfield '12 (Philosophy) attended the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE) Undergraduate Philosophy conference and presented her paper 'Why Martin's Disjunctivism is the Preferable Account of Naïve Realism". The paper was also published in the University's undergraduate journal, Polymath.
Princeton University Graduate Course
Erin Islo '12 (Philosophy) attended a Princeton graduate course focused on Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza's most famous work, the Ethics, as part of her thesis research.
Poly Living Conference
Elinor Hickey '12 (Anthropology) attended the Poly Living Conference hosted by Loving More as part of her thesis research on the topic of polyamory and kinship.
Interviews in Indonesia
Beth Patel '11, Political Science, translated interviews she conducted in Indonesia for her thesis on the political frequencies of community radio.
North Carolina Philosophical Society Presentation
Laura Martin '11, Philosophy, presented a paper she wrote for Stephen Salkever's Political Philosophy course to the North Carolina Philosophical Society. The paper examined two divergent accounts of the violent, disciplinary forces operating in society portrayed in Michel Foucault's Discipline and Punish and Arjun Appadurai's Fear of Small Numbers.
Religion in Prison: Thesis Research
Maggie Goddard '11, Religion, visited Eastern State Penitentiary to conduct thesis research on the relationship between religious and carceral space.
Art and Social Justice Symposium
Rachel Kobasa '13, History of Art, attended "The Creative Time Summit: Revolutions in Public Practice," a two-day symposium in New York featuring artists, curators, and foundation leaders discussing art and social justice.
Paper Presentation at the Southeast Philosophy Congress
Sydney Keough '11, Philosophy, presented a paper she wrote at the Fourth Annual Southeast Philosophy Congress at the Southeast Philosophy Conference in Morrow, GA.
Linguistic Research with Dangerous Publishing
Leza Naydich '12, Philosophy, conducted linguistic research through an internship with Dangerous Publishing, a small digital publishing company in Philadelphia.
Animation Study in Japan
Peter Loewi '12, Fine Arts, studied animation over the summer in Tokyo with animator Kobayashi Junji.
Studying Sculpture: Thesis Research
Brooke Reid BMC '11, Fine Arts, conducted research for a sculptural installation as part of her Fine Arts thesis.
Poetry Research at the British Library
Elizabeth Cohen-Scheer '12, English, researched the role of women as subjects and as audience in Wordsworth's poetry at the British Library in Summer 2011.
I applied to the Student Research Fund in order to fund a trip, and I was ecstatic that my application was accepted. The experience of going straight into the field for research will be extremely useful in the future.
Over the summer, Angely Mondestin '10 was an intern for the BioArchaeological Project in Andahuaylas, Peru.
Jessamine Kelley BMC '10 observed some of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's symbolist paintings, like Edvard Munch's The Mermaid.
Laura Martin ‘11 was at the Royal Library of Sweden to do self-directed and creative research alongside an expert on the library and its resources.
Part of Lindsay's research for her thesis entailed attending a performance of Royall Tyler’s “The Contrast,” the first show officially produced in the United States (1787).
Cara Curtis '10: traveled to Greensboro, NC to work on the Quaker Youth Book Project, an international collection of non-fiction prose, poetry, and visual art from younger Friends across Quakerism's theological spectrum.
Emma Lo '08: worked with Pittsburgh's Operation Safety Net documenting the homeless through portraiture for her Fine Arts thesis.
Andrew Vargas Stehney '08: visited the Archivo Nacional de Teatro y Cine del Ateneo Puertorriqueño (Puerto Rico) as part of his Film Studies senior thesis on the New Latin American Cinema of the 60s and 70s.
Will Coleman '07: visited the Beinecke Library at Yale to study the correspondence between Edward Redfield and Robert Henri in the Henri Archive there as part of his History of Art thesis.
Timothy Golden '07: researched the life of James Samuel Stemons, a contemporary of W.E.B. Dubois, at the Historical Society of Philadelphia as part of a senior History thesis.
Maggie Gummere '07: gathered research materials as part of senior Fine Arts thesis.
Brandon West '07: traveled to hear Lawrence J. Hatab speak at Hunter College as part of research for Philosophy thesis.
Oliver Wunsch '07: gathered research materials as part of senior Fine Arts thesis "Open Container"
Pankhuri Agrawal '06: attended a performance of Flamenco Olé at the Painted Bride Art Center;
Emma Chubb '06: researched senior History of Art thesis on artist Adrian Piper
Ross Lerner '06: attended the Harvard English Institute's annual conference with Professor Tina Zwarg
Jessica Mausner '06: attended the LA Tap Festival 2005
Celine Tobal '06: researched in Washington, DC on Augusto Pinochet
Dave Alff '05: attended MLA Conference
Sarah Lowry '05: studied Brazilian dance in preparation for writing her senior thesis, "Bringing Spirituality into Modern Performance Dance: An Examination of The Silvestre Technique as a Space for Global Syncretism"
Elana Resnick '05: planned to present her senior Anthropology thesis at the Annual English Literature and Humanities Conference at Eastern Mediterranean University (although invited and approved, the conference conflicted with Haverford graduation – she did not go)