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The next Folger undergraduate research seminar is scheduled for Spring 2014. This seminar is sponsored by Georgetown University in collaboration with the Folger Institute. It will be taught by Dr. Sarah Werner, Digital Media Strategist for the Folger. It is open by application to students from Georgetown University, with a limited number of seats available for students who are enrolled in other member universities of the Folger Institute’s consortium.


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 privileges thereafter (for more information on Reading privileges for program participants, see here).


Juniors and seniors are eligible to apply. The application deadline for spring 2014 is 31 October 2013. Please consult your major advisor when completing your application. 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 they may have. 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.


The completed online application form (see Apply Online) will contain the following:
  • An 800-word essay describing your scholarly reasons for your interest in this course and identifying any previous experience in early modern studies or book history you have. 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 and/or literature. Survey courses which devote a section to the early modern period could be sufficient;

  • A current transcript.


Please also secure a letter of recommendation from a faculty member who can testify to your academic strengths. Your faculty recommender will have to send the letter separately. Please provide your recommender with (download these instructions). You may submit a second letter with your application; doing so may strengthen your application in a competitive pool.


Please note that letters of recommendation should be sent directly by your letter writers, following the recommendation letter instructions mentioned above, to the Folger Institute at institute@folger.edu


The Spring 2014 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 allow for time to conduct research at the Folger outside of class.


Please contact the Folger Institute's Administrative Assistant, Meredith Deeley, with any questions: mdeeley@folger.edu | 202 675 0312

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