Gettysburg College students have many opportunities to collaborate closely with faculty members on research and creative activities.
For example, Spanish major Evan Rothera received a Mellon Foundation grant to spend a summer analyzing 107 letters written by 16th-century Spanish King Phillip II to his son-in-law
Rothera drew conclusions about the period's culture of letter-writing and the character of the king. Historians have regarded Phillip as repressive and fanatical, but letters to his daughter-which are being studied Rothera's faculty advisor show the monarch to be caring and affectionate.
Rothera also used his Spanish skills when he served as program coordinator for El Centro/The Center, a local program for Latino children.
In addition, Accent: The Gettysburg College Journal for the Languages is an annual online showcase for exceptional scholarly and creative work.
Public health in Argentina
After a semester of research in Argentina, David Neagley wrote a 25-page thesis in Spanish proposing a way to end Chagas Disease, which is widespread in Latin America. "It's possible to study abroad, volunteer, do research, and 'have it your way,'" said Neagley, a Spanish minor who also led 15 students to Nicaragua to visit clinics.<