This past summer Skillman Library launched Lafayette’s first undergraduate digital humanities internship program. The Digital Humanities Summer Scholars program, funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and supported by the Library’s Digital Scholarship Services, offered an internship opportunity for seven students to work on a digital research project of their own design.

The students were selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants, and represented disciplines from across Lafayette’s academic community:

  • Ahmed Malik Braxton ’17 – Government and Law
  • Vincent DeMarco ’17 – Mathematics
  • Benjamin Draves ’18 – Mathematics
  • Feevan Megersa ’17 – Liberal Arts
  • Ian Morse ’17 – History, Math
  • Peter Todaro ’17 – Government and Law
  • Miranda Wilcha ’16 – Environmental Studies, Anthropology

The six-week course was structured as a workshop during which the students would meet as a group Led by Emily McGinn, Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at Skillman Library. The group learned about digital technologies, project management and a host of other research methods and skills all while producing some incredible, well-developed projects. Their projects are a testament to their creativity and their hard work. The projects have garnered attention both on and off campus. Several of the students presented their work at Bucknell’s Digital Scholarship Conference in early November. To learn more about their projects, visit

As we continue to build the DH community at Lafayette, student engagement is, and will continue to be, a vital part of our initiative. We strive to cultivate the intellectual curiosity and autonomy that our students showed us this summer and we look forward to seeing where they go next.

Kylie Bailin
Director of Outreach and Access Services
Skillman Library