Students have a wide variety of research opportunities who focus on Middle East and Islamic Studies.
Student Research Related to Middle East and Islamic Studies
The Mellon Foundation funds for the Middle East and Islamic Studies (MEIS) program include funding for a variety of student projects, such as: research-related expenses for coursework (either a specific course or a course cluster project) or an honors thesis; travel to present original work at a conference; and participation in other kinds of MEIS-related opportunities. Students can request funding up to the following amounts: $600 for conference attendance/presentation and $2,500 for research-related travel. Other kinds of requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Email Amy Evrard at email@example.com for additional information about the grant.
The Mellon Summer Scholars Program
Offered each summer to any student interested in pursuing a faculty-mentored research project. Students receive a total of $3500 as a stipend and $500 in research funds to be used toward research related expenses, such as airplane tickets, photography equipment, and more. Preferential decision is given to students who wish to focus their research on something related to MEIS.
The Metrology of an Early Bronze Age Settlement in the Jezreel Valley
This research was done by Andrew Monthey, '14, with his advisor Prof Jonathan David of the Classics major. The research was done in the Jezreel Valley, northern Israel, at and near the ancient city of Tel-Megiddo. Andy's research focused on the importance of stand units of measurement, in this case the cubit, as pertains to the social relations between states. Andrew had found that many of the walls built in the Early Bronze Age IB (3500-3000B.C.E.) had been designed using the cubit, thus providing positive evidence for his original hypothesis.