University of Minnesota
Voices From the Gaps
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Working for VG

If you’re an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota you have an opportunity to engage in a UROP with VG on a variety of topics and themes. VG is interested in offering students opportunities for students to research:

  1. Digital humanities
  2. Archiving
  3. Research focused on specific artists of color
  4. Pedagogy

A brief description of each theme follows:

  1. Students that wish to conduct research in the digital humanities may lead research focusing on digital depictions of artists, artists' works, secondary sources and other media focusing on individual artists. This project may include research in contemporary forms of digital archiving and working with VG staff to develop new media and incorporate other media into existing digital archives (such as audio segments, video segments, coding, etc). VG welcomes other ideas within the digital humanities as well.
  2. Students that wish to conduct research in archiving may lead research focusing on the role of the archive in VG's project. This may include representation of "women artists of color" in existing and previous archives, the archive as a medium and the accessibility of content. Student may also have the chance to work with VG staff to restructure and influence the format of the site and the way it is archived. This project has several distinct links with digital humanities but students are encouraged to design an individualized focus.
  3. Students that wish to conduct research focusing on specific artists of color would help VG broaden its existing research on women artists of color and develop new content for their website. Students would be encouraged to choose several women artists of color and develop website content. This would include developing biographical information, collecting secondary sources, writing book reviews and critiques, etc. Students would also be encouraged to meet with and interview visiting women artists of color. Again, students are encouraged to design an individualized focus for this project.
  4. Students that wish to conduct research focusing on pedagogy would help VG develop classroom presentation material, curriculum, web accessibility and other content for use in secondary and post-secondary education. Student researchers may also help develop outreach projects for local and national high schools and universities. Again, students are encouraged to design an individualized focus for all projects.

Students interested in UROP opportunities with VG should contact Professor Tinsley in the Department of English regarding specific research topics. Also, students should contact their departmental advising office and UROP staff before submitting proposals. UROP is a great way to conduct research while earning money! We encourage all Undergraduate students, regardless of Major/Minor, to apply. Please send any questions to voices@umn.edu.