Join a vibrant research community
Spend a semester immersed in a research community while living in one of the most culturally dynamic cities in the US. Join a group of highly passionate and motivated students and conduct your own research project in a premier humanities library.
Join a community of scholars
“It is a great preview of graduate school-style learning, and you gain a lot from being part of such a wonderful community. The Newberry's resources are truly unique, and everyone you meet is willing to help you with your project.”
—Nicole Helregel, Beloit College, history major
You’ll be treated as a visiting scholar at the Newberry Library, working alongside professors and fellow academics to develop your research abilities. Watch yourself grow as a researcher over the course of the semester!
Access a collection of rare humanities resources
“I found that the pure desire to unearth something that has never been examined before is a reward beyond any praise or recognition.”
—Kelsey Cole, Monmouth College, English major
From cartographic catalogues to 16th century political pamphlets, use some of the world’s finest primary resources to develop your research topic.
Live in a vibrant, culturally diverse city
“It’s impossible to overemphasize the amazing location of the program – I still glow when I talk about my semester in Chicago.”
—Jennie Morrison, Kenyon College, American studies major
Experience life in the city of Chicago! When you’re not researching a topic that you’re passionate about, you’ll explore Chicago’s history, food, museums, theater, music, architecture, and everything in between.
Fall 2017 Seminar Theme
Nature and Culture in the Metropolis
“Nature” vs. “Civilization” represents one of the fundamental dichotomies of the Western tradition. The fall 2017 seminar will explore nature, culture, and the metropolis to foster rich, challenging seminar discussions using the Newberry’s collections and Chicago’s setting.
As I got more and more involved in my research at the Newberry, I found myself bouncing ideas off of a variety of individuals, from classmates to professors to librarians. Moreover, scholars within the library are unbelievably accessible.
The Newberry Seminar was an excellent preparation for making the transition from undergraduate to graduate scholar. Even now, as a PhD candidate in history, I am using skills learned at the Newberry Library to facilitate research at national repositories.
The Newberry's resources are truly unique, and everyone you meet is willing to help you with your project. I had a great time, and I would recommend it to anyone who is genuinely interested in humanities research.
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Fall semester (early September–mid-December)
Who can apply
Undergraduates from any four-year US college or university
The Newberry Library in Chicago, IL
Recommended credit is 16 semester credits or the equivalent
Students live in furnished apartments near the Newberry Library in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood.
Fall semester 2017 deadline
March 15, 2017
Fall semester 2018 deadline
March 15, 2018
If the deadline has passed and you are interested in applying, contact the ACM Office immediately. Late applications may be accepted on a space-available basis.
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11 E. Adams Street, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60603
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