Digital Scholarship Summer Fellows

The Digital Scholarship Summer Fellows program is a paid, full-time summer internship opportunity for Bryn Mawr undergraduate students to learn digital research and publication skills and gain professional experience by collaborating on a public-facing digital scholarship project. Over the course of ten weeks, fellows explore key issues and methods in digital scholarship, critical making, and multi-modal research through a combination of hands-on work, instruction, and discussion. Fellows also have opportunities to visit local cultural heritage institutions, attend and present at conferences, create a personal digital portfolio, and learn about careers in libraries, museums, and digital media and research.

Text Mining The College News

June 1 – August 6, 2021

Linda Chen, Marianela Luna-Torrado, Avery Matteo, Aanandi Murlidharan, Al Nash

Program director: Alice McGrath, Digital Scholarship Specialist

The 2021 cohort will collaborate on research project that engages with The College News, a Bryn Mawr student publication that ran from 1914 to 1968. The project aims to surface marginalized histories within archival collections through critical data visualization. Fellows will use a variety of research methods, including computational text analysis, to explore this source and discover what it can teach us about college history over a crucial period of social change. Working with the program director and other mentors, fellows will extract and visualize data and design and author a website to share our findings. Fellows will also have the opportunity to pursue individual research projects that engage with this collection.

Past cohorts and projects

Summer 2020:’24, ’31 Students Study Race

Cindy Chea, Hilana El-Mekkoussi, Peyton Moriarty, Tino Nguruve, Elizabeth Zhao

Project director: Dr. Vanessa Davies

The 2020 cohort built a digital exhibition about two conferences on race that Bryn Mawr students co-organized in the early-twentieth century. The 1924 conference was a three-day event co-organized by students at Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore, and Penn and held on Swarthmore’s campus. Students—black and white, male and female—from other institutions attended, exchanged ideas, and socialized with one another. The 1931 conference, a one-day event, was organized by Bryn Mawr students and held on Bryn Mawr’s campus. The event featured many prominent speakers of color, including Walter White, head of the NAACP, Alice Dunbar Nelson, poet and member of the Interracial Committee of the Society of Friends, and W. E. B. Du Bois, editor of The Crisis. The fellows designed and produced a digital exhibition featuring maps, digital exhibits, data visualizations, and more interactive content about these conferences.

Summer 2019: Journeyways to the West

Nitisha Bhandari, Dorothee Feng, Hanjun Huang, Tina Zhong

Project Director: Professor Shiamin Kwa (East Asian Languages & Civilizations)
Fellows built an interactive 3D environment demonstrating forced perspective staging on a baroque stage

Summer 2018: Bryn Mawr History of Women in Science

Elia Anagnostou, Tanjuma Haque, Arianna Li, Linda Zhu
Fellows built a VR environment based on archival photos of BMC’s early science labs.

Summer 2017: Visualizing College Women

Mimi Benkoussa, Madeline Perry, Nathália Santos, Claudia Zavala
Fellows created data visualizations and a timeline portal for the College Women Project.

Video by Claudia Zavala (Cities ’19, DSRA) and Stella Fritzell (Classics, DSGA). NB: If you are currently blocking 3rd party cookies on your browser, the video may not load. You can also view the video on viddler.

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