Last week Eric Novotny and I participated in the NITLE Digital Scholarship Seminar: Undergraduates Collaborating in Digital Humanities Research where some very bright undergraduate students from liberal arts colleges shared their DH projects and talked about their research and the advantages and challenges of DH research.

I think what struck us the most was the students’ enthusiasm and confidence when discussing their research and process — and how using DH they were able to go “beyond” traditional scholarship. For most of the students, this was their first time using DH tools and methods. It was also great just to see examples of DH work in action. As Eric pointed out, examples like these make the concept of DH more concrete and demonstrate a need for infrastructure and/or centers to support students and faculty working on digital projects.

Here are links to a few of the projects:

John Burnett, Wheaton College (XML and transcription)
Wheaton College Digital History Project

Sarah Schultz, Hamilton College (Hypertext poem)
“A Critical Exploration of Hypertext Theory and Authorship using Agha Shahid Ali’s poem “Snow on the Desert.”

Gabrielle Kiriloff, University of Pittsburgh (XML, text mining)
“Exploring Speech in Russian Fairy Tales”

To see descriptions of all presentations, visit the Undergraduates Collaborating in Digital Humanities Research page.