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My IAC Dean’s Research Internship

june 1939 coverThis year, I was given the opportunity to do research through the IAC’s Dean Research Internship program! This internship pairs first year liberal arts students with a professor of their major and field of interest in order to learn the ropes of conducting research. In this program each student could either work on their own project with guidance from their professor, or they could help their professor with whatever they were working on. I chose to do the latter.

My professor (Dr. Jay Telotte, an LMC professor and expert in science fiction and animation) and I explored the relationship between science fiction pulp magazines and movies from 1920-1950. We wanted to know if movie companies used print platforms to advertise their films and, if so, how. My only previous experience with the subject was Star Wars, but I was immediately interested by movies and magazines and the way they advertised different subject matter.

tumblr_ooq9bgjk3n1rve49co6_540Both mediums have similar fan bases, so we were surprised to find that there actually were very few traditional movie advertisements present. Instead, there were tons of reviews, pictures of cameras, stories about Hollywood…basically everything but big full-page ads with headlines screaming about War of the Worlds or Star Trek.

So, the separate worlds did converge, and over time, these interactions became more and more frequent, just not in the way we expected. It was really interesting to learn about; it was almost like I was experiencing these shifts over time too.

Last week, we had a research internship exhibition where all of the Dean’s Research Interns shared their work with both faculty and each other. It was exciting to see what everyone else had been working on all year. It was also a really good chance to practice IMG_8649giving presentations to strangers in a more professional setting—something ya girl is not used to or totally comfortable with, but that I was happy to practice.

Thank you so much again to the Dean, Dr. Telotte, and Elizabeth Miller for this amazing opportunity, all of the help you’ve given me, and for the innumerable lessons and skills that I have learned! My freshman year has been wonderful, and I am so grateful for this invaluable experience.

If you are interested in learning more about what we found, the subject matter, my experience and what I learned, or the internship program itself, check out the website I made! ~ https://spacebarinvaders.wordpress.com/

IAC Dean’s Research Internship

August 28th, 2016

When I applied to Georgia Tech last winter, I applied for a slew of other scholarships too. College scholarships, alumni scholarships, Dean’s scholarships, “outside” scholarships…img_8648so many that, by the end of the process, they were all an incoherent whirlwind of “maybe’s” and “money” and “unlikely” in my head.

So, when I found out that I was being awarded the Ivan Allen College (Tech’s liberal arts college) (yes there’s a liberal arts college) Dean’s Research Internship Scholarship, I freaked.

First, because I was super excited about it. It’s a paid internship, under the guidance of a professor in my major. And I’m a freshman. Opportunities like this are extremely rare, so I snatched it up.

img_8568Then, though, I freaked because I had no idea what I was going to have to do. I was excited about it, of course, but what would such a position entail? There was nothing about it anywhere online. Would I be helping a professor with his or her research? Would I need to come up with projects of my own, and only consult this professor for advising? How would I fit this job into my already inevitably busy schedule?

I didn’t know what to expect, but even in February, I couldn’t wait to get started.

Now it’s here, finally, the beginning of the fall semester and the beginning of the mysterious scholarship research program that the World Wide Web has yet to recognize. Now it’s here, and as I figure it all out, you will be the next to know.

In With the Old, Is “Nothing” New?

Here is the promised link to my final researched essay from Dr. Higinbotham’s English 1102 Shakespeare and Law class. Palimpsests and the psychology behind writing and adapting were extremely interesting to read up on. I hope you enjoy, as many Lorelai Gilmore-level caffeinated hours were poured into this!

Final Research Essay

Study-udy-udy (and Play Pokemon?)

The finals of the summer semester were approaching fast. The final classes, the final grades, tests, lessons… Everything was ending. Except, it seemed, for homework.

I had a research paper to complete, as well as a Social Movements test to prepare for. I was overwhelmed at times, but did my best to spread my work out to minimize stress. (This is always easier said than done, and seems a lot looking back than it was at the time, but still.) I had gotten the hang of things.

I also felt good about my research paper, which I was essentially living and breathing for that week. In my writing, I chose to explore why and how authors use other stories as the basis for their own. I used Cinderella and Shakespeare’s King Lear as evidence.

In fact, the assignment’s only requirement (other than “such and such a number of pages,” of course) was that we analyze Shakespeare in some manner. As we had read such a range of plays, and as each of them is chocked full of universal ideas, the assignment was basically open-ended. It was great.

To save from summing up my research paper, I’m going to post it next. Until then, here are a selection of pictures I took leading up to the last days of the semester.