Fifth Annual MCEAS
Call for Participants
We invite all MCEAS Consortium members to encourage their undergraduate students working on an honors thesis, senior capstone or advanced research paper in any discipline having to do with the Atlantic world up to 1850 to join us for the Fifth Annual MCEAS Undergraduate Research Workshop this spring. Is your school not yet a member? Please contact Dan Richter to find out how to join.
The Workshop dates will be February 15 and April 26-27, 2013. To foster an engaging academic experience, the Workshop will be limited to ten undergraduates and a maximum of two per any Consortium institution. Students from Consortium institutions who have not previously participated are especially encouraged to apply.
For more information about the program, contact Brooke Hunter, 2013 MCEAS/URW coordinator and Associate Professor of History at Rider University, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applying for the Undergraduate Research Workshop
Application materials will be accepted electronically through e-mail addressed to: Brooke Hunter, MCEAS/URW Coordinator at email@example.com. The application deadline is January 25, 2013.
Applications will be reviewed by a small committee and decisions announced in a timely fashion. Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria: strength of the work as evidenced by the abstract and student’s academic record; letter of support; impact of the Undergraduate Research Workshop on the student’s development; adherence to the format requirements.
Works-in-Progress (February 15)
Conference (April 26-27)
Accommodations & Travel
The McNeil Center will provide participants (faculty and undergrads) one night’s lodging at a hotel for the April Conference. Participants will also be reimbursed for travel expenses up to $100 (e.g., airfare, train fare, parking). Original receipts and a W-9 form are required for reimbursement. The Center will not pay for food, additional nights or fees incurred at the hotel.
The MCEAS Undergraduate Research Workshop was established in 2008 to extend the benefits of the Center to undergraduate students enrolled at member institutions, by holding a workshop for seniors writing an honors thesis or capstone research paper in early American studies. The Workshop provides a structured environment in which students can come together with undergraduates from other institutions, as well as graduate students and faculty, to discuss the ideas, source materials, and methods of their own research. A highlight of the program is the mentoring given each undergraduate by a MCEAS graduate or postdoctoral fellow. The Workshop meetings are held in conjunction with the Center’s regular Friday Seminar so that undergraduates can experience the process of scholarly seminars first hand. The Workshop has exceeded our expectations, allowing undergraduates to join the exceptionally supportive and successful community of scholars at the McNeil Center. Undergraduate Research Workshop participants are now enrolled in PhD programs in History, attending law school, and working in public history.
2012: 7 undergrads participated from Catholic University, Gettysburg College, Johns Hopkins University, NYU, Stockton College, University of Pennsylvania and Ursinus College.
2011: 10 undergraduates participated from Brigham Young University, Fordham University, Stockton College, Rider University, SUNY Stony Brook and the University of Pennsylvania.
2010: 9 undergraduates participated from Brigham Young University, Millersville University, Stockton College, Rider University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Ursinus College.
2009: 8 undergraduates participated from Bryn Mawr College, the Johns Hopkins University, Stockton College, Rider University, SUNY Stony Brook, and the University of Delaware.