Student Research Initiative

Re-envisioning Undergraduate Research in the Humanities 

The Humanities Institute, with support from the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, are happy to announce a new initiative focused on increasing engagement among undergraduate students with humanities research. We will kick off this initiative with a one-day symposium on October 15, 2021, which will include presentations and discussions about current undergraduate-faculty/staff research projects, as well as how to foster greater collaboration between students and faculty in humanities-focused scholarship moving forward. Faculty, staff and graduate students from all relevant departments and colleges at both University Park and commonwealth campuses, as well as the PSU libraries, are welcome to attend via Zoom or in-person.

Call For Abstracts:

We invite faculty, staff, and graduate students from all humanities-related fields to submit a brief abstract for a 15-minute presentation. This includes faculty, staff and students from relevant departments and colleges at both University Park and commonwealth campuses, as well as the PSU libraries. The event will take place in-person and via Zoom on Friday, October 15, 2021 at the Penn State University Park campus.

The abstract should include a description of some type of research, scholarship or creative activity with a humanities focus, in which undergraduate students have been involved in a meaningful way. The activity can take place in class, outside of class and be either directly connected to a specific course or extra-curricular in nature. Questions to consider for both the description of the project and subsequent presentation include:

  • What was the activity?
  • How did you design and implement this activity?
  • What meaningful outcomes did this activity have for students? For you? for the larger community (if applicable)?

The abstract should include the presentation title, presenter information, and a brief description (up to 250 words or less, references optional).

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Abstracts are due on June 4th and selected presenters will be notified by June 25th Abstracts should be submitted electronically in PDF format to the following email address ( with the subject line “student research”.