Research and Internships
Undergraduates can use the resources of the Medieval Institute library collection for research projects.
Each year, the Medieval Institute hosts an Undergraduate Colloquium where students who have taken medieval studies courses present papers on a wide range of topics. Graduating seniors may compete for the Robert M. Conway Prize (formerly the Michel Prize), a cash award that goes to the year’s best undergraduate essay on a medieval topic written at any point in the student’s academic career.
Students who major in Medieval Studies may be invited to participate in the Honors Track which provides an opportunity for increased study in Latin and a two-semester research project that culminates in an Honors Thesis. All majors have the option to write a senior research paper during their final year of study.
The stories of three Medieval Studies Honors students further reflect the interest in scholarly research exhibited by our students. Ryan Lash and Patrick McCoy were invited to participate in the Honors Track beginning in Fall 2009. Lash went on to win the Gates Cambridge Scholarship and pursued a master’s degree at the University of Cambridge. McCoy went on to earn a Postgraduate Diploma in Old Irish and an MPhil in Early Irish at Trinity College, Dublin, and as of 2016 is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Harvard University's Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures. In 2016, Karen Neis produced as her senior honors project an illustrated children’s book, Abul Abbas, The Elephant. For her outstanding project, the Medieval Institute awarded Neis its annual Robert M. Conway Prize. You can read more about her book and watch the video below:
Medieval Studies undergraduates have many options for research funding through the College of Arts and Letters. The Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) is an excellent starting point for information and the Undergraduate Research Initiative features examples of research activities in Arts and Letters. If you need additional help in finding sources for undergraduate research funds, see Linda Major, Director of MI Undergraduate Studies (574-631-8645).
Medieval Studies students may apply for a large number of summer internships. CUSE is a good resource for opportunities, along with the Career Center. Undergraduates in Medieval Studies have secured internships in the University Archives, the Hesburgh Library Department of Special Collections and Rare Books, and at the Snite Museum of Art.
Can I use the MI Reading Room outside of normal business hours? Undergraduates with a need for research materials may request after-hours access to the Reading Room from the Medieval Studies Librarian, Dr. Julia Schneider.
How do I get help finding a book or getting materials for a research project? The Medieval Studies Librarian, Dr. Julia Schneider, can help you locate books and materials and answer research-related questions.
Can I check out books from the Medieval Institute’s non-circulating collection? If you are working on a research project and need a non-circulating book, see the Medieval Studies Librarian, Dr. Julia Schneider, in the Reading Room. It might be possible to check out the book for a few days.