The ”Century America” Project is funded by the Teagle Foundation of New York and will focus on COPLAC member campuses founded before 1914, the year when World War I began in Europe. Using special collections and other library, campus and community resources, each student will research his/her college in the year 1914, its mission and its challenges, together with the life of the surrounding community just as Europe plunged into the Great War.
In addition to completing important guided research on their home institutions, student researchers will contribute to the building of the multi-campus digital “Century America” site. The participants will work in a digital medium, develop skills in the areas of digital presentation and collaborative research, and hone each of these important skills for professional success in the new century.
This multi-campus team of undergraduate researchers will work under the direction of seminar leaders Dr. Jeff McClurken, University of Mary Washington, and Dr. Ellen Pearson, UNC Asheville. They will be assisted by a small group of talented student “digital technology mentors” from the University of Mary Washington. The finished project will be presented at next summer’s COPLAC Annual Meeting, hosted by Fort Lewis College on 19-21 June 2014, and at the Annual Meeting of the Council on Undergraduate Research, scheduled for late June 2014.