The Graduate Student Research Series @ Alden Library is accepting applications through March 1 for the next speaker in the series, who will present during spring quarter 2012. Through the generous funding of a donor to the series, speakers will now receive a $200 honorarium for their presentations.
Staff of the Ohio University Libraries collaborated with the Graduate Student Senate (GSS) to develop the series. All Ohio University graduate students are invited to submit proposals to discuss their research process in a 30-35 minute presentation. Groups of students may also propose a panel presentation. Full details of the program are available in this post on the Library News Blog and the application is available online. Representatives from the Libraries, GSS and Faculty Senate will review the proposals and decide on a speaker.
Kelly Kathleen Ferguson, the first speaker in the series, presented last Friday about the research process for her book My Life as Laura. Ferguson, who still has her childhood copies of the Little House books, traveled the Midwest to learn more about the life of iconic American author Laura Ingalls Wilder. Research for the book involved long days on the road and stops at the many home sites where Ingalls Wilder and her family lived. Ferguson also took questions about the process of writing – and completing – a book, and shared some of her photos from the trip. Ferguson’s presentation was a fascinating look into her research process, and an exciting kick off to the series. The Libraries and GSS are looking forward to many more presentations in the future.
More photos of the presentation are available on the Libraries Facebook page. All photos by Patrick Traylor, Ohio University Libraries.