Under this distinctive program, University funds are available to encourage well-qualified and strongly motivated students to become familiar with research tools, techniques, and methodology. Participation is an enriching and broadening experience. It is particularly valuable to students who intend to pursue graduate work, for they are introduced to the kind of research activities they will encounter at the graduate level. Projects are chiefly of two types: assisting a professor in research or carrying out a student-planned project under the supervision of a professor. In either case, the supported work is conducted during the summer months.
Members of the Department have worked with R. E. Lee Scholars, and there could be new opportunities for such collaboration in the future. If you are interested in doing an R. E. Lee project in our department, please see a specific professor. Students are nominated in January for grants-in-aid by the professor with whom they will work the following summer. Nominees must have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.50.
For more information about R. E. Lee Scholars, please see the University's Web page about this program.
Some of our students have transformed their R. E. Lee projects into successful conference papers and publications.
Bell, Alison, Alexandra Massey and Karen Smith
"Material Culture and Social Liminality: Variation in Consumption among Monticello Residents," Poster for the 2010 Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO.
Devlin, Sean, Susan Payton and Fraser Neiman
"Middle Man (?): Evaluating Variation among Household Economics through Spatial Patterning," Poster for the Society of American Archaeology (SAA) Meeting in St. Louis, MO, April 15-18, 2010
Payton, Susan and Tyler Thompson
"pXRF Analysis and Identifying Activity Areas on Monticello's Site 17," Paper for the Society of Historical Archaeology (SHA) Meeting in Austin, TX, January 5-9, 2011
Rose, Nicole and Sean Devlin
"Neither Master nor Slave: Liminality and the ‘Middle Man' at Monticello," Paper for the Virginia Forum in Lexington, VA, March 25-26, 2011