The museum and its collections serve as a laboratory for students from across the curriculum to engage in original undergraduate research culiminating in research papers, exhibitions, digital projects and public lectures. The musuem staff works closely with students and their academic advisors to develop independent studies and internships for credit engaging students in rigorous intellectual inquiry as well as providing professional training and experience.
Dan Burke is a senior American Studies major. Dan had been working the museum since he took the seminar “AMS372: Museum Mysteries” during the fall of 2012 where his final project was an examination of the Museum’s collection of European bayonets. Over the past three semesters Dan has researched the Museum’s needlepoint samplers, a federal period mantelpiece, and is currently working with a collection of prints portraying american landscapes and busts of Benjamin Franklin.