Special Collections Summer Project Program

All majors welcome!

The LSU Libraries Special Collections Summer Project Program provides LSU undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct a research or creative project using the resources and materials held within LSU's Special Collections at Hill Memorial Library.  This library is home to resources such as the Louisiana & Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, Rare Book Collections, University Archives, T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History, Louisiana Newspapers archives, and more.  A Special Collections Summer Project can be mentored by either an LSU faculty member or an LSU Special Collections archivist.

Students accepted to the program will receive up to $3,000 which can be used for wages and other project necessities. 

Submit your own project idea or apply to participate in one of the projects listed below:

1. Archives Teaching Tool

2. LSU Oral History Project

3. Researcher as Activist


Name Major Mentor Research
Charlotte Balart English Kelly Larson Archives Teaching Tool
Bryce Edwards History Jennifer Cramer LSU Oral History Project


Important Dates

Application deadline: February 18, 2024 [EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 25TH!]

Decisions announced: March 25, 2024

Application information

Required Training & Workshops

All students who are accepted must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Attend the mandatory orientation.
  • Present summer project at end of summer event and at LSU Discover Day in the following spring.
  • Attend these mandatory trainings & workshops.
    1. Working with archival materials
    2. Research Ethics
    3. Professional Relationships
    4. CV Writing
    5. Citation Management
    6. Presentation training

Leadership Team

Gina Costello, Associate Dean, Technology Initiatives & Special Collections

Kelly Larson, Special Collections Head of Research & Public Services

Alia Kempton, Special Collections Outreach & Instruction Librarian

John Miles, Special Collections Curator of Books & Head of Instruction

Zach Tompkins, Special Collections University Archivist

Sarah Ferstel, Associate Director, LSU Discover Undergraduate Research Program


Past Recipients:

Name Major Mentor Research
Nathaniel Dela Pena History Zach Tompkins LSU History walking tour app
Madison Saucier History Alia Kempton Documenting Enslaved People in Special Collections