Student Report: Research Lab Presentations and Guide to Undergraduate Student Research

Reported by Shivam Mani, Class of 2025.

Oct 7, 2022 Research Lab Presentations and Guide to Undergraduate Student Research was presented as part of 2022 Humanities Fall Conference: Ciencia y Caridad.

After a series of student research presentations, James Miller, Co-Director of the HRC led us into a presentation of the several research labs within the HRC. Prof. Miller began by praising the students for their research and said that the Humanities labs provide a beginning for undergraduate students interested in conducting research.

The Humanities labs are time limited and receive funding for only 2-3 years, after which they are closed, and new projects are started.

The introductions of the labs was kicked off by Prof. Quinlan Bowman and the Citizenship Lab. Click here for more information on the Citizenship Lab.

Next up was Prof. Xin Tong and the Anthropocene Lab. Click here for more information on the Anthropocene Lab

The third lab was the CARE Lab, introduced by Prof. Claudia Nisa. Click here for more information on the CARE Lab.

The Third Space Lab was then introduced by Prof. Zhang Xin, and Prof. Emily Chiocca Click here for more information on the Third Space Lab.

Prof. Seth Henderson then presented on the Doc Lab. Click here for more information on the Doc Lab.

Prof. Lai-Henderson and Olsavsky introduce the Freedom Lab. Click here for more information on the Freedom Lab.

Superdeep was presented by Prof. Nathan Hauthaler. Click here for more information on Superdeep.

After all the labs were presented, the event proceeded on to a panel discussion with Prof. Jay Winter and Prof. Kolleen Guy. Prof. Winter is a visiting Professor from Yale University, and is a historian of World War 1. Prof. Guy and Winter are a part of a team of international scholars working on a project about global refugees during World War 2; the research will be presented at a conference in Barcelona from Dec 1-2.

Prof. Guy talked about how the beginnings of the project was during a trip with undergraduates to the Shanghai Refugee Museum, and they talked about how they were intrigued by the fact that there was a bustling Jewish community in the city, in the midst of the Second World War. Curiosity soon turned into action, as the professors invited undergraduate students to work on doing profiles of refugees, to understand more about their experience.

To wrap up, Prof. Miller moderated a brief discussion with Prof. Winter and Ryan Trombly DKU ‘22, about Ryan’s signature work research and how to become a researcher. Ryan’s work focused on the topic of academic freedom at DKU, and relied on survey results from students and faculty. The project was started through the Third Space Lab as research on interpersonal conflict between DKU students, and evolved over time to focus on something quite different all together. Prof. Winter praised Ryan for her work, and also added that the focus of such research projects often changes over time, and it is often the case that there is quite a bit of separation between the initial idea and the final product.

The presentations and discussions provided students with a breadth and depth of information on the research opportunities available at DKU.