Field Studies

Hear about Killian Liptrot (left), Cassidy Davis (2nd from left), and Joseph Spinogatti’s (right) London Field Studies experience in their own words.

Experimental Cities: New York City Field Studies

Enhance your current research by traveling to New York City with a small group of your peers to conduct research over spring break. Students complete this week-long field studies program as part of a semester-long research project, using the extraordinary resources of New York City to complement their research. In this program, you’ll also participate in daily group activities and the discussion of a common reader to provide you with a model for how to redefine your own research. Cultural events and excursions supplement the program. 

Borders and Belonging: London Field Studies

Where do we belong? Where do you feel most at home? In the lab? In the woods? On the road or at your kitchen table? What defines home for us? Our places of work or our places of rest; the presence or the absence of other people, landscapes, or things? Explore these questions and your own research project in the global city of London; a city in flux, in a region and world in tumult. In this rigorous field study, you will travel to London, England, during the first two weeks of May to access resources unavailable in the United States and to enrich your independent spring and summer term-long research.

Participants will be immersed in an innovative urban center—the most populous capital of Western Europe and one of the world’s global cities—as well as a community of their peers, undergraduates dedicated to independently designed research projects. The city of London and the Field Studies program empower you to not only improve your research project, but also to see it and yourself in an international context.

In pre- and post-trip meetings with your peers, you also will discuss the thematic similarities and differences between your diverse projects. While you will conduct the majority of your study independently, at locations decided by you and a faculty mentor, planned cultural activities and daily group discussions will enhance your project.