Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Dr. Black's Summer Research Fellows, 2015

As part of a special Presidential Initiative--the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships-- students in History and Government have the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty on dedicated research projects during the summer term. The benefits of working as a student research fellow are numerous: students gain valuable professional experience working on dedicated projects that often lead to publications and exhibits, and they receive generous financial support for the summer term.

In the summer of 2015 Dr. Black supervised the first student research team to be part of the program in the Department of History and Government. During the ten-week session, Dr. Black's students work intensively with collections from the Greater Pittston Historical Society, providing a much-needed service to the community while learning the practice of Public History and museum work.

Since then, students in the SURF program have continued to build important, collaborative relationships with members of the local and regional community. Their exhibitions have been featured in local and national media, and the program has served as a model for collaborative work at other institutions. An online showcase for this work can be found at

Applications for the SURF program open in the fall. For more information visit the VPAA’s page for the SURF program.

History students researching for an online exhibit

Image courtesy of the Pittston Sunday Dispatch

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