Oriana Shulevitz-Rosado, a junior History concentrator from Humacao, Puerto Rico, held a prestigious Karen T Romer Undergraduate Teaching and Research Assistantship (UTRA) from the Dean of the College Office this summer to collaborate with Professor Nancy Jacobs in developing a new undergraduate seminar HIST 1970G: "The Recent History of Life on Earth: The Anthropocene." As Shulevitz-Rosado explains, "The Anthropocene is a human-driven geological age, which started around the nineteenth century and is characterized by rising green-house gases."
In addition to compiling a bibliography of recent scholarship and reviewing books and articles for possible inclusion on the syllabus, Shulevitz-Rosado prepared a research poster which she presented at the Undergraduate Research Fair on August 16. "The UTRA symposium was a great experience where I got to see and learn about a number of student projects from a variety of fields, as well as get the wonderful opportunity to describe my work to a group of students, professors, and friends," said Shulevitz-Rosado summing up her summer research experience. "Working so closely with Professor Jacobs allowed me to see firsthand the work and thought that goes into creating a class and the importance of primary source work. This summer has helped me gain a greater understanding of both the research and teaching side of history, which will be a great aid for when I begin my efforts to write an Honors thesis." Professor Jacobs concurred regarding the successful of the summer's collaboration: "Oriana brought an invaluable perspective and contributed a lot to the course design by recommending how to arrange the reading assignments. Additionally, I had been playing with some out-of-the-ordinary ideas for the research project and Oriana worked the kinks out of the system by preparing a model. A new syllabus can be a challenging project and it was great fun having a partner."