Mapping Freedom in Civil War & Reconstruction-era Mississippi - An NSF-REU Program at The University of Southern Mississippi, Summer 2023

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Summer Program
January 27, 2023
Mississippi, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, Demographic History / Studies, Digital Humanities, Geography, Slavery

The Center for Digital Humanities (CDH) at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is in the process of recruiting applicants for a National Science Foundation - Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) opportunity for summer 2023, called "Mapping Freedom." Led by USM Professor of History Dr. Susannah J. Ural, the program partners undergraduates majoring or interested in the Humanities from across Mississippi and Gulf region with world-class R1 faculty and graduate students from USM digital humanities, computer science, and related fields.

The research team of REU participants, advising faculty, and graduate students will use data from Ural's "Civil War & Reconstruction Governors of Mississippi" project, specifically letters and petitions from that period that describe the process of emancipation during the American Civil War and Reconstruction. This data will then be mapped to help users understand this complex process while developing a new, user-friendly, and free visualization tool for public use. No computing experience is required for this opportunity.

For the 8-week program, the 10 accepted students will receive a stipend of $600 per week ($4,800 total) with free accommodations (housing, dining, and parking) at the USM Hattiesburg Campus, along with $250 toward travel expenses.

If you are in Mississippi or our region and have bright, hard-working undergraduates majoring or interested in majoring in Humanities, would you please make them aware of this opportunity?

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Center for Digital Humanities
The University of Southern Mississippi

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