The Department of Classics encourages its majors and minors to do research both independently and in cooperation with faculty members. Research assistantships for students to work with faculty members on research projects are available, as is funding to help students carry out their own research and present it at various venues. Students interested in undergraduate research projects should consult with their faculty advisor.
Recent Undergraduate Research Projects
- The Influence of Livy in the Modern World
- Siglos and Drakhma: Numismatic Metrology of the Northwestern Satrapies in the Achaemenid Empire, 500-300
- Song in Greek Tragedy
- Roman Satire
- War and Glory: The Myth of Spartan Militarism
- Galen's Polemic and Praise per tes kardias: How Hippocrates and Erasistratus Fathered a Milennium of Misunderstanding
- Foreign Voices: Caesar's Use of 'Enemy' Speech in de Bello Gallico
- Simus inter Exempla: Exempla and Innovation in Valerius Maximus, Seneca and Juvenal
- Lovers as Soldiers in Ovid's Metamorphoses
- Evidence and Anakrisis: Pretrial Procedure in Athenian Courts
- Old Age and Flawed Kingship in Vergil's Aeneid
- Building an Ancient Greek Cithara
- Greek and Roman Recipes in Action
- Myth as Interpretive Key in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses
- The Tragic Nurse: A Not-So-‘Marginal’ Marginal Figure
Opportunities for Presenting Research
- Undergraduate Research Symposium, sponsored each fall and spring by the Washington University Office of Undergraduate Research
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 5th Annual Undergraduate Classics Conference
- University of Tennessee Undergraduate Classics Conference
- Miami University Undergraduate Classics Conference
- Monmouth College Conference of Undergraduate Research & Scholarship
- Sunoikisis Undergraduate Research Symposium
Funding for Undergraduate Research
The Office of Undergraduate Research provides funding and other resources for all Washington University undergraduates wishing to carry out independent research.
The George R. Throop Endowment provides funds for any work in the material culture of the ancient Mediterranean world.
The Mendel Sato Research Award provides funds for students wishing do conduct research using the Washington University Libraries Special Collections.
The Bemis Research Scholarship provides up to $3,000 for rising juniors or seniors to conduct original research in Europe.