As some of you know, I host a women in science digital collection: http://womeninscience.history.msu.edu/.
The collection includes biographies of women in science accompanied by primary sources, for example Judith Zinsser’s work on Marquise Du Chatelet and a biography of Ellen H. Richards written by Helen Veit. In addition to featuring the research of historians of science, the collection incorporates biographies written by talented undergraduates.
Working in a college with STEM and HPS faculty, I have been struck by how many opportunities exist for undergraduates to publish and present their STEM research while there are little or no opportunities for undergraduates to take their history of science research beyond the classroom. In response to this, I began seeking undergraduate contributions to my women in science digital collection. Danielle Peck, for example, was a student of mine who wrote a wonderful biography of Eliza Burt Gamble. Peck found several primary sources to accompany her biography in Lansing and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her research is now being developed into a museum exhibit by Michigan State University museum and Lyman Briggs College. Another former student, Theresa Koenigsknecht, wrote an essay placing the works of Esther Emerson Sweeney in the context of 1940s and 1950s courtship manuals.
If you have a student doing a biography of a woman in science that significantly engages with primary sources, and their final paper is of a high quality, please encourage them to contact me about publishing their work as part of the digital collection.
Online publication would involve the student gaining permission from archives to feature some primary sources along with their essay. These permissions tend to be free, with the archive being credited on the digital collection. If any costs are involved, Michigan State University has pockets of money for undergraduate research and I suspect other universities have something similar. I should also add that I have ensured students retain all copyright to their work so they can always publish it elsewhere in the future.
Please contact me if you have any questions and/or you have students who would be good candidates for the digital collection. Please also feel free to announce this opportunity in your classes.
Georgina M. Montgomery
Lyman Briggs College
and the Department of History
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