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The Folger-Georgetown Undergraduate Research Seminar

The Folger-Georgetown Undergraduate Research Seminar is offered annually in the spring semester. Students who are admitted to the seminar will become Readers in the Library for twelve months, starting with the beginning of the seminar, and may apply to renew their Cards thereafter (for more information on Reading privileges for program participants, see here).


Students who will be in the spring semester of their junior or senior year at Georgetown University are eligible to apply for admission to the Folger-Georgetown Undergraduate Research Seminar. Application should be made during the fall of the junior or senior 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.


Applications for the Spring 2013 seminar should be received by October 31st. 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 Georgetown faculty member who can testify to your academic strengths; please provide your letter writer with the recommendation form (download here). You may submit a second letter with your application; doing so may strengthen your application in a competitive pool.

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 and essay should be emailed to Dr Werner at swerner@folger.edu; letters of recommendation should be sent directly by your letter writers, following the instructions provided in the recommendation form.


Note: The Spring 2013 seminar will meet on Friday afternoons from 12:30 to 3:00 at the Folger Shakespeare Library and will follow Georgetown's academic calendar. In planning their schedules, students should be sure to allow for time to conduct research at the Folger outside of class.

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