1. SURF Projects
The college's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, a
competitive, learning-community experience is open to students and faculty from
all departments. The program offers students the opportunity to extend their research
initiatives beyond the classroom. Topics related to German culture, film, history,
art and literature are welcome.
Students submit a research proposal for funding to the committee on faculty development
and receive $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.
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 the faculty
of the German program during the semester/summer before beginning the study.
Together with your supervising teacher the feasibility and advisability of such
study/project 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 and is asked to present a thesis.