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
and class schedule. 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. It is understood that the research should result
in presentation of the findings at professional meetings in the appropriate discipline
and submission for publication where appropriate.
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 Dr. Mine Eren or Dr. Joseph Moser
for further help. (Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Independent Studies in German
If you are a German major and interested in doing independent study –especially
if you are a senior - and have the pre-requisite cumulative (of at least) 3.25 academic
average, contact Dr. Moser or Dr. Eren during the semester/summer before beginning
the study. Together with your supervising teacher the feasibility and advisability
of such study/project will be studied. The project must then be approved by the
Seniors participating in this program will pursue a program helped by a group of
faculty tutors. By the end of the year study (no other formal courses are taken,
except the remaining departmental requirements), the candidate is expected to stand
for at least three comprehensive examinations in the Department of German, and must
present a thesis for examination by the five-member faculty committee.