Special Collections Summer Project Program
All majors welcome!
The LSU Libraries Special Collections Summer Project Program provides LSU undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct a research or creative project using the resources and materials held within LSU's Special Collections at Hill Memorial Library. This library is home to resources such as the Louisiana & Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, Rare Book Collections, University Archives, T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History, Louisiana Newspapers archives, and more. A Special Collections Summer Project can be mentored by either an LSU faculty member or an LSU Special Collections archivist.
Students accepted to the program will receive up to $3,000 which can be used for wages and other project necessities.
Submit your own project idea or apply to participate in one of the projects listed below:
1. LSU History walking tour app
2. Documenting Enslaved People in Special Collections
Application deadline: March 26, 2023
Decisions announced: May 17, 2023
Required Training & Workshops
All students who are accepted must fulfill the following requirements:
- Attend the mandatory orientation.
- Present summer project at end of summer event and at LSU Discover Day in the following spring.
- Attend these mandatory trainings & workshops.
- Working with archival materials
- Research Ethics
- Professional Relationships
- CV Writing
- Citation Management
- Presentation training
Gina Costello, Associate Dean, Technology Initiatives & Special Collections
Alia Kempton, Special Collections Outreach & Instruction Librarian
John Miles, Special Collections Curator of Books & Head of Instruction
Zach Tompkins, Special Collections University Archivist
Sarah Ferstel, Associate Director, LSU Discover Undergraduate Research Program