Students who plan to make a proposal for the Senior Research Paper should plan not only to consult with potential advisors but also to take advantage of sessions held during the spring semester as part of the department’s calendar of events: these include the undergraduate symposium session on research in Classical Studies and Ancient History (February) and Senior Colloquium (March).
In developing the proposal, the student should work closely with potential advisors and/or undergraduate chair on locating bibliographic resources through the library.
The student should also list all courses taken thus far toward the major.
At the time when the proposal is submitted, the student must name a faculty member who has agreed to serve as advisor.
The paper will define an original topic or approach an existing topic from a new perspective or with new insights, make a clear and well-structured argument, analyze primary evidence, engage with modern scholarly literature, and follow the methodological and stylistic conventions of published work in the relevant field.
The main text of the paper must be 20–40 pages (12pt double-spaced single-sided), excluding bibliography and any illustrations and appendices. A paper of this length should not be divided into chapters, although it will typically have several sections with their own titles.
Rebecca Stuhr, the Classical Studies librarian and bibliographer, is also available for consultations ([email protected]).
The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) lists several fellowships, including the University Scholars Program (applications due by fall in junior year), the Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring (PURM) program, which pairs students with faculty mentors who have advertised their interests in advising specific types of project during the summer (often including Classical Studies faculty), the College Alumni Society Research Grant, the Jumpstart for Juniors program (summer funding for research between the junior and senior years), the Undergraduate Humanities Forum (devoted to a relatively flexible topic each year: 2012-13 Peripheries; 2013-14 Violence; 2014-15 Color, 2018–19 Stuff), the World House Student Fellows program and the College House Research Fellows program.
(Restrictions may apply in the case of cross-listed courses not taught Penn’s Classical Studies department.
This option is not open for courses taken abroad, such as in Athens or Rome.) It is envisaged that during the senior fall the student will enroll in ANCH/CLST 399 Independent Study either with the advisor or with the undergraduate chair and will meet with them as often as is agreed upon.