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Summer Graduate Fellowship Program in Digital Scholarship

In July-August 2014, Cornell University Library (CUL) and the Society for the Humanities co-sponsored a second year of its five-week summer fellowship program for graduate students in the humanities.

Piloted as an internship in Summer 2013, this program was inspired by the recognition that humanities graduate students at Cornell need additional opportunities to develop digital skills and knowledge that will be increasingly necessary in academic job markets.  The Fellowship’s primary aim is to provide graduate students with the time and technical support to explore digital scholarship tools and platforms in ways that complement their own scholarly and pedagogical goals.


Liz Blake, Mia Tootill, and Kaylin Myers at the final program meeting


Professor David Mimno meets with grad fellows to discuss text analysis and topic modeling. Mia Tootill, David Mimno, Jake Nabel, Jason Blaesig.


The program brings together a small cohort of graduate fellows for an intense 5-week fellowship period.  Fellows spend approximately half their fellowship time in workshops and discussions; the other half they spend creating a small-scale digital project of their own, with inspiration, guidance, and technical support from Cornell faculty and CUL staff.

We were thrilled to receive nearly three times as many applications in 2014 as we received in 2013, and we are already planning to expand the program in 2015.  Stay tuned for news of a pubic showcase of fellows’ work this Spring!

2014 Summer Fellows :

Jason Blaesig, Anthropology

Project: multimedia site in Scalar combining anthropological field recordings and translations of Peruvian folklore

Liz Blake, English

Project: topic modeling the text of James Joyce’s Ulysses

Kaylin Myers, Medieval Studies

Project: online compilation and interactive translation of Old English Body and Soul homilies

Jake Nabel, Classics

Project: compilation and translation of ancient Parthian inscriptions, including an online Parthian grammar

Mia Tootill, Musicology

Project: interactive map and collection in Omeka using Neatline to visualize the location of opera venues in 19th century Paris


Program Sponsors

Professor Timothy Murray, Director of the Society for the Humanities

Oya Y. Rieger, Associate University Librarian for Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services

Bonna Boettcher, Interim Director of Olin and Uris Libraries

CU Faculty

Prof. Edward Baptist, History

Prof. David Mimno, Information Science

CUL Program Staff

Mickey Casad, Coordinator,  CUL – DSPS

Virginia Cole, CUL – Olin/Uris

John Handel, CUL – DSPS

Michelle Paolillo, CUL – DSPS

…with many thanks to:

Jenn Colt, CUL – DSPS

Jason Kovari, CUL – LTS

Danielle Mericle, CUL – DSPS

Susette Newberry, CUL – Olin/Uris

Jaron Porciello, CUL – DSPS

Anne Sauer, CUL – RMC

Melissa Wallace, CUL – DSPS

Florio Arguillas, CISER

Patrick Graham, Academic Technologies

Patrice Prusko, Academic Technologies


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