Maryland Student Research Program

The Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research provides a variety of opportunities for students to engage in research as an undergraduate.

Of particular interest to English majors is the Maryland Student Research Program, a non-competitive program designed to match students with faculty members in need of research assistance for approximately 4-6 hours per week for one semester.  Through this program, students gain skills and valuable experience that will enhance their graduate school and job qualifications.

The process is truly as simple as identifying a project of your interest in the MSRP database and emailing the faculty member in charge.

The following are examples of research projects being conducted by English faculty in Fall 2017:

Ralph Bauer
Digital Archive of Early American Texts- Creation of a digital archive of early American texts
Skills Required: Basic computer skills (scanning/omni page, photo-shop, Word)

Jessica Enoch
Remembering Women through Memorials and Monuments: Identifying, Mapping, and Describing
As part of a larger book project, Professor Enoch is exploring and assessing monuments and memorials dedicated to women within the United States. For this project, the undergraduate student would help to identify and describe sites of women's memorialization. The student would likely create a google map that would plot these sites, and the student would research them asking questions such as: Who was this woman or group of women? What is the rationale for memorialization? What format or shape does the memorial take? Who composed the memorial site, when, and to what end and purpose? Given recent debates over Confederate memorials, there is no doubt that the public is deeply invested in questions of who we remember and why. This study extends this conversation to explore how and in what context women are remembered (or not) on our public landscape.
Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research Website
Contact for more details.

Karen Nelson
Renaissance Studies
Research projects vary and are ongoing. They currently include constructing an on-line timeline of politics and publications associated with pastoral poetics and religious reform in sixteenth-century England; investigating European and American on-line archives for 15th-, 16th- and 17th-century images to help build a digital lexicon for Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queene; and seeking resources associated with sixteenth- and seventeenth-century military families and the practices associated with military communities during and preceding the Thirty Years War. The research assistant would help search databases, scan current journals, investigate various topics related to Renaissance studies, and enter data into various on-line resources. Training and direction provided.   Skills Required: Upper level humanities student, preferably in English, Art History, History, or Theatre, with an interest in Renaissance studies
Skills Recommended: Some knowledge of the art, history, and literature of the Renaissance and Baroque periods; familiarity with humanities databases and archives.

Laura Rosenthal
Restoration: Studies in Literature and Culture, 1660-1700
The project is helping with a biannual scholarly journal about literature and culture in England, 1660-1700. Fuller information about the journal is at: The journal publishes scholarly and critical articles, book reviews, and a bibliography of scholarship in the field. It is widely available through Project Muse and JSTOR. We are looking for a research assistant to help at many different levels, depending on interest and qualifications. We are particularly interesting in a student who could help us enhance the journal's social media presence. This position would be ideal for a student interested in pursuing a career in editing, publishing, communication, or a related management career.
Skills Required: excellent writing; understanding of social media; curiosity about images and writing from the late seventeenth century
More details available here.