Special Collections Summer Project Program

All majors welcome!


The LSU Libraries Special Collections Summer Project Program provides LSU undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct a research or creative project using the resources and materials held within LSU's Special Collections at Hill Memorial Library.  This library is home to resources such as the Louisiana & Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, Rare Book Collections, University Archives, T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History, Louisiana Newspapers archives, and more.  A Special Collections Summer Project can be mentored by either an LSU faculty member or an LSU Special Collections archivist.

Students accepted to the program will receive up to $3,000 which can be used for wages and other project necessities. 

Submit your own project idea or apply to participate in one of the projects listed below:

1. LSU History walking tour app

2. Documenting Enslaved People in Special Collections

3. Researcher as Activist

Important Dates

Application deadline: March 26, 2023

Decisions announced: May 17, 2023

Application information

Required Training & Workshops

All students who are accepted must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Attend the mandatory orientation.
  • Present summer project at end of summer event and at LSU Discover Day in the following spring.
  • Attend these mandatory trainings & workshops.
    1. Working with archival materials
    2. Research Ethics
    3. Professional Relationships
    4. CV Writing
    5. Citation Management
    6. Presentation training

Leadership Team

Gina Costello, Associate Dean, Technology Initiatives & Special Collections

Alia Kempton, Special Collections Outreach & Instruction Librarian

John Miles, Special Collections Curator of Books & Head of Instruction

Zach Tompkins, Special Collections University Archivist

Sarah Ferstel, Associate Director, LSU Discover Undergraduate Research Program