1. SURF Projects in German
collaborate more fully with our students as colleagues, the Department of German
extends the departmental research initiatives beyond the constraints of the classroom. A total summer immersion experience supplements research activities
that occur during the academic year. This goal is accomplished through the college's
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, a competitive,
learning-community experience open to students and faculty from all departments.
The program demands that students experience a professional research environment.
Students submit a research proposal for funding to the committee on faculty development
(which awards institutional grants for faculty research), emulating a competitive
external review process. Topics related to German culture, film, history, art and
literature would be welcome.
If funded, the student receives $3,000 and on-campus accommodations during the summer
for ten weeks of intense research.
SURF students are housed together at the college's expense in college apartments
and they engage in a number of activities as a community. Among these is a "brown-bag"
luncheon with seminar presentations by one of the students, a faculty member, or
a visiting scholar. Results of the research are presented before the college faculty
at the beginning of the fall term, and more recently, at the annual SURF Symposium
in a celebration of the summer's activities.
The German team is happy to work with qualified students on SURF projects of their
choice. If you have an idea for a summer project, please click here or contact the faculty of the German program. (Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Independent Studies in German
German majors who have the pre-requisite cumulative (of at least) 3.25 academic
average may contact the German faculty during the semester/summer before beginning
the study. Together with your supervising teacher the feasibility and advisability
of such will be studied.
Seniors participating in this program will pursue a program helped by a group of
faculty tutors. By the end of the year study, the candidate is expected to stand
for at least three comprehensive examinations in the Department of Modern Languages.