The Liberal Studies Department launches the 5th PCA x Terra Foundation Research Program


Call for applicants

In Spring 2016, the Liberal Studies Department started a collaboration with the Terra Foundation for American Art on a new research program devoted to undergraduate students. Every semester (Fall and Spring), PCA Liberal Studies Department Head Barbara Montefalcone, along with members of the faculty, select a group of 3 outstanding PCA students across departments and will offer them the opportunity to take part in a unique research program based on the Collection of the Terra Foundation for American Art Library. The project will culminate in a public presentation at the Terra Foundation Center in Paris.

Last year, Ana Helena Arevalo (class of ’17) and Madeline Hickey (visiting student from Charleston University) had the honor of presenting their research!

The group of selected students will have the opportunity to work as a team and conduct high level research on a specific topic related to American Art. They will have free access to the Terra Library Collection and will follow a one-session training with a librarian who will present the collection and the research facilities available at the Terra Foundation. They will then conduct their research independently, and under the supervision of Professor Juliette Robbins for the Spring session 2018, and present their findings in English to an audience of art history students coming from several French Universities. The partner university for the Spring 2018 session is Université Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Defense.

The PCA/Terra Undergraduate Research Program is suited for all students interested in art history, particularly for those interested in American art. It is an opportunity to work closely with the Terra Library’s wonderful collection of books, have a first major experience within the academic research world, and improve one’s research, writing, and presentation skills. The final workshop and presentation will also be an occasion to meet peers from French universities and compare study and research methodologies in an international and interdisciplinary context.

The theme that has been chosen for the spring session 2018 is: “The Dream”.

How to apply:

PCA students can send a cover letter and a short CV to: Barbara Montefalcone, Chair of Liberal Studies:

Deadline: February 19th, 2018

Both graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply!

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