Some of the seniors in the Humanities Scholar Program gather for a photo during a celebratory dinner May 5.

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From poetry to philosophy to politics, senior humanities scholars share research

During a drive around Fez, Morocco in 2022, Mardiya Shardow ’23 knew that her experiences that day were worth remembering. So as soon as she got back to her room, she wrote down everything she could remember.

This year, as she was creating her senior project as a student in the Humanities Scholar Program (HSP) in the College of Arts & Sciences, she vacillated between her ideas for a novel or a poetry portfolio and began to write about this daytrip with her twin sister as a poem — which grew into a short story.

Shardow read part of her story during the end-of-year HSP research conference May 5, which included 45 presentations by senior undergraduates. Students in the program undertake independent, interdisciplinary undergraduate research in the humanities, and take part in a series of curated courses, structured mentorship, special programming and research opportunities and funding.

To learn more about the scholars and their work, read the full story on the College of Arts & Sciences website.

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