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Student Projects

Following our mission to inspire excellence and promote scholarship, the Ames Library is proud to support and showcase student research in its many forms.

Please explore the following offerings, which represent some of the rich work done by our students: just click on the image to engage further with the contents.  

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Digital Humanities Summer Fellows

The Ames Library is delighted to offer an annual Digital Humanities (DH) Summer Fellowship. The program teaches basic DH skills, as well as delving into the philosophy of DH through readings, discussions, exploring models, and meeting with practicioners. Students work with faculty sponsors to define a research question, gather and analyze appropriate data to address it, and create a digital story that highlights their work. We're delighted to highlight the amazing work of our fellows, which exemplify the IWU tradition of engaged, meaningful research rooted in the liberal arts: please explore their projects in depth here!

If you are an IWU community member interested in developing a digital scholarship project, the Ames Library would be delighted to help! We have gathered a number of resources for accessing, cleaning, and analyzing data, as well as creating digital projects, and are happy to host (within academic reason) your digital project: we support Omeka, Scalar, and WordPress, amongst other tools. Please contact Digital Scholarship Librarian
Abby Mann  with any questions.

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IWU Honors Research

Honors Research is a hallmark of an IWU liberal arts education. Eligible students are invited to embark upon a year-long research or creative arts project with a faculty mentor and a committee of faculty from within and outside of their major department. We have projects reaching back to 1960, highlighting IWU's long tradition of engaged student learning. 


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John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference

The John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference was established as an annual event in 1990. Held in April each year, the conference provides an opportunity for students who are pursuing individual research projects to present those projects in a public forum. Research projects pursued by students at any level - freshman through senior - and in any academic program throughout the university, are eligible to participate. Research can be presented either in a poster session format, or in a (15-min) oral presentation.

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Peer Reviewed Student Journals 

Student publications have long been a part of the culture of undergraduate research and student life at Illinois Wesleyan. 

These titles and others are available in the University's  Tate Archives & Special Collections. Today's journals are sponsored by academic departments and honor societies, hosted by The Ames Library, and are authored and edited by students at Illinois Wesleyan University. Several are open access, ensuring that the reach of students' work extends beyond our campus.