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Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty and JPL technical staff for the SURF program.

Each AO indicates whether or not it is open to non-Caltech students. If an AO is NOT open to non-Caltech students, please DO NOT contact the mentor.

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Project:  Unknown Famous Names
Disciplines:  History, English
Mentor:  Dehn Gilmore, Professor of English, (HSS), dwg@hss.caltech.edu
Background:  I am currently working on a project about the cultural history of late 19th and early 20th century Britain, that seeks to tell the story of the period through the eyes of four famous siblings--a physicist, a banker, an international law expert and a lady philanthropist. Project is part biography and part cultural history and involves history of science, history of economics, literary history and political history.
Description:  I am looking for a student to help me comb through old newspapers , diaries and other documents, to help me recreate the lives and experiences of the siblings I am focused on. Student will use newspaper databases and photo images of diaries and will refine paleography (handwriting decoding) skills. All work can be done remotely. Student will learn a lot about biographical writing and also a lot about the history of the late Victorian and early Edwardian periods. If student has a particular interest in one area of history (eg: history of science, economic history, Imperial history, women's history, etc) there is scope for secondary research. Reading knowledge of German a bonus but not a requirement.
References:  This is one of the siblings I am working on: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Schuster
Student Requirements:  Student need not have any particular background because I will give training on database searching/transcription. But background in history and/or literature and interest in biography as a genre is certainly a plus! Ideally typing skills and patience are also strong suits.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    Caltech students only 

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