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The Folger-GW Undergraduate Research Seminar

The Folger-GW seminar is not being offered in the Fall 2013 semester. Please consider applying for the Folger-Georgetown Spring 2014 seminar instead.


The Folger-GW seminar is offered each fall. Students who are admitted to the seminar will become Readers for twelve months, beginning with the start of the seminar, and may apply to renew their Reader's Cards after that point (more information about Reading privileges for program participants is here).


Students who will be in the fall semester of their junior or senior year at The George Washington University are eligible to apply for admission to the Folger-GW Undergraduate Research Seminar. Application should be made during the spring of the sophomore or junior year, and done in consultation with your major advisor. Students should be able to articulate why they want to take this course, and to identify any previous experience in studying the early modern period or book history. Questions about what the Folger's collections might offer for your research interests can be directed to the Folger's Reference Librarian at reference@folger.edu; please indicate in the subject line that your inquiry is related to the undergraduate research seminar.


All applicants are required to complete the following:

  • signed application form (download here);
  • 800-word essay describing why you are interested in taking this course and identifying any previous experience in early modern studies or book history;
  • current transcript;
  • and one letter of recommendation from a GW faculty member who is familiar with your academic work; please provide your letter writer with this recommendation form (download here). You may include a second letter with your application; doing so may help your application be more competitive.

Please note that the application essay should reflect your scholarly reasons for your interest in this course. Although you need not have had extensive experience studying the early modern period (defined for these purposes as roughly 1400 to 1700), you should have some familiarity with its history or literature; survey courses which devote a section to the early modern period could be sufficient. The application essay is where you can make the argument that you are prepared for this course. If you have concerns about the suitability of this course for your program of study, please see your major advisor and contact the Program Director, Dr Sarah Werner, at swerner@folger.edu.


The application form, essay, and transcript should be emailed Dr Werner at at swerner@folger.edu; letter(s) of recommendation should be sent directly by the letter writers according to the information provided on the recommendation form.


Applications will be read on a rolling deadline, starting immediately and continuing through mid-summer. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by April 30th.


Note: The Fall 2013 class will meet at the Folger on Friday mornings from 9:30 to noon.

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