Digital Scholars Program

The Baylor Digital Scholars Program provides graduate students with experience using Digital Scholarship methods and tools by working with the Digital Scholarship Librarians to complete a digital project that aligns with their research focus.

Become a Baylor Digital Scholar this summer!

Add digital scholarship experience to your CV. Learn more about Digital Scholarship methods and tools.

· The Digital Scholar commits to: completing a DS project by the end of the summer and presenting the project at a Digital Scholarship panel in the Fall
· The DS librarians commit to providing flexible support for all stages of the project
· 2017 Program Dates: Mid May – August 1 (self-paced – we’ll work around your schedule)
· Open to any current Baylor graduate student with any level of technical experience

 

There will be info sessions Tuesday April 4, 3:30-4:30pm and Friday April 7, 2:00-3:00pm in the Viz Studio in the GRC.

 

Applications due by midnight May 1.

Summer 2016 Cohort

Karl Aho

Karl Aho

Karl received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Baylor in August 2016.  His dissertation explores the ethical implications of Kierkegaard’s philosophy of time.  Before coming to Baylor, he studied at Valparaiso University and Boston College.  His Summer 2016 digital scholarship project involves using text mining to trace main philosophical themes in English-language articles from the journal Kierkegaardiana, 1955-2007.  He teaches philosophy at Tarleton State University.  

Daniel Benyousky

Daniel Benyousky

Daniel is a 5th-year Ph.D. candidate in the English department at Baylor. He is writing his dissertation on the stereoscopic poetic witness of W.H. Auden and Derek Walcott, detailing how their poetic visions focus on the displacement and trauma around them, as well as attempting a return to place and expressing a gratitude for the gift of poetry. Daniel’s digital project will be a data map of St. Lucia, Walcott’s birthplace and current home, and Trinidad, his former home. The project will coordinate photos of specific places taken during his recent archival research trip to the islands with poems that mention these places, as well as interviews from the research trip. Learn more about his project.

Jordan Carson

Jordan Carson

Jordan began the doctoral program in English (religion and literature) in fall of 2011.  He grew up near Dallas, Texas, and earned a B.A. in the University Scholars Program from Baylor, an M.Div. from Truett Seminary, and a Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary.  Jordan’s dissertation focuses on the critique of American civil religion and the place of the Transcendent in the works of Don DeLillo, Thomas Pynchon, Marilynne Robinson, and Ana Castillo.  He has also written on Faulkner, Pynchon, and Cormac McCarthy. His digital project uses text mining to examine the presence and significance of religious language in the novels of Thomas Pynchon. Learn more about his project.

James Cochran

James Cochran

James is a doctoral student in the Religion and Literature PhD program in Baylor’s English department, and his research centers broadly on twentieth-century and contemporary American literature, religion, and culture. His digital project uses text mining to compare J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye with Salinger’s early Catcher-esque short fiction. James can be found online at https://baylor.academia.edu/JamesCochranLearn more about his project.

Melinda Creech

Melinda Creech

Melinda defended her dissertation for a Ph. D. from the English and Religion departments in the fall of 2016. Her dissertation, “Hopkins’s Homer: A Scholarly Edition of Gerard Manley Hopkins’s Dublin Notes on the Iliad,” transcribes and comments on Hopkins’ notes on the Iliad and finds connections between the notes and his English poetry with regard to word order, epithets, and shared vocabulary. Her digital scholar project for the summer of 2016 involved a text mining/analysis of the shared vocabulary between Hopkins’s notes and his English poems. The analysis was an appendix in her dissertation. Learn more about her project.

Travis Snyder

Travis Snyder

Travis is three years into his PhD in English at Baylor University. His interests include all things American of the 20th and 21st century. He applies a light, postmodern touch to all that he does. His dissertation is tentatively going to be on Midwestern Gothic Literature. To that end, his digital project is data mapping what people perceive the Midwest to be, since no one seems to agree about its boundaries or be aware that it exists in the first place. Learn more about his project here and here.

Adrienne Steely

Adrienne Steely

Adrienne received her Masters Degree in Music Composition from the Baylor School of Music in December 2016. For her digital scholars project, Adrienne created data driven art in the form of musical composition. Significant earthquake data from 1906 to 2016 was used to generate pitch content and musical form. Also, an audiovisual representation of the data was created using Max MSP. This representation is to be played alongside the composition. The piece was composed for full orchestra, and makes up the first movement of a three movement work.