Alex Poole, SILS Doctoral Student, Awarded the Thomas F. Ferdinand Digital Humanities Summer Research Fellowship

Release date: 

May 12, 2014

Doctoral student, Alex Poole, has been awarded the Thomas F. Ferdinand Digital Humanities Summer Research Fellowship offered by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School. The non-service award is presented to students who are working on research projects in order to enable them to focus exclusively on their research. Provided by the fellowship is a stipend for $4,000.

Poole plans to leverage the Fellowship to make progress on his dissertation, which pivots around the curation skills needed by digital humanists. The tentative title of his dissertation is, "To Forge a Cultural Commonwealth: The Urgency of Digital Curation in the Digital Humanities."

"I am delighted, flattered and humbled to receive this Fellowship,” said Poole. “First and foremost, I owe a great debt to my dissertation director, Dr. Helen Tibbo, as well as to my committee members: Drs. Cal Lee, Ryan Shaw and Sandra Hughes-Hassell of UNC, and Dr. Costis Dallas of the University of Toronto. Similarly, I am most grateful for the encouragement and support evinced by my fellow doctoral students at SILS. I am fortunate indeed to be surrounded by a community that thrives on intellectual generosity and I look forward to contributing further to this community.”

“The Fellowship Committee and the Graduate School are pleased that this award will enable you [Alex] to devote yourself full-time to conducting your dissertation research and making progress toward your degree,” said Sandra H. Hoeflich, associate dean for Interdisciplinary Education, Fellowships and Communications at the Graduate School.