Summer Practicum

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In light of the COVID-19 public health crisis, the Rural Humanities initiative will offer the 2020 Summer Practicum entirely online.  We invite graduate students and advanced undergraduates to submit applications for public and/or engaged humanities projects reimagined for the social distancing guidelines in place for summer 2020. The new deadline is Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 4pm. 

Rural Humanities brings qualitative humanities research methods to projects focusing on and/or collaborating with our rural neighbors in Central and Western New York. Examples of reimagined, public-facing humanities projects and/or products that we invite for consideration include:

  1. community-based blogging, digital storytelling, comics.
  2. presentations, exhibitions, demonstrations.
  3. videos, documentaries, vlogs.
  4. community-coordinated case studies, teaching materials, pamphlets. 

If you have already submitted an application and would like to pivot your public-facing project towards the ‘distanced’ and/or digital, please feel free to re-submit.

The Rural Humanities Summer Practicum guides and supports graduate students and advanced undergraduates in deepening locally-based public and engaged humanities projects that they have begun or are adequately prepared to undertake during this intensive 6-week program.

The 2020 Summer Practicum will be led by Anna Sims Bartel, Associate Director of the Office of Engagement Initiatives, and Shirley Samuels, professor of English and will run from Monday, June 1 until Monday, July 13. This program date change he date change is prompted by the cancellation of the regular Cornell summer school schedule.

Participants in the Summer Practicum will each be awarded a grant of up to $8,000 to support their participation in the practicum and development of their projects.

Application Guidelines

We are not yet accepting applications for Summer 2021. Please check back!

Please submit the following materials compiled into a single .pdf file:

  1. Cover page, including the applicant's name, NetID, degree program and field of study, and proposed project title.
  2. A three-page project description that should detail:
    • the project's goals and the prepatory work and planning that have already gone into the project
    • a timeline for the project (not necessarily limited to the Practicum's 6 weeks)
    • a detailed budget
  3. If working with a particular community partner, a letter of support from them (only if applicable).

*A faculty letter of recommendation is required, and should be sent directly to Kina Viola at the Society for the Humanities.