Undergraduate Research Associate at the Center for Renaissance Studies, Newberry Library

Opportunity Description:


We seek an undergraduate research associate that can aid with a variety of tasks related to a vibrant medieval and early modern studies research center that hosts symposia, workshops, and seminars, and is engaged in publications, digital, and exhibition projects. During the academic year, the Center will be preparing an exhibition devoted to Renaissance invention, opening in April 2020, and are looking for help with the research and preparations for this show.

Primary Responsibilities: 

The undergraduate research associate will help to staff to research items in the collection, to learn digital humanities skills, and to help to prepare for the Center’s upcoming exhibition by researching and writing wall labels. Additionally, they will act as a course assistant for workshops and seminars and contribute to social media posts about the exhibition.

All UChicago Undergradute Research Associates and students funded through the CRASSH scholars program, will be expected to partipate in the 2020 University of Chicago Undergraduate Research Symposium on 5.15.20 and the annual research scholars curriculum. If selected as an UR Associate/CRASSH Scholar, you will receive more information about these expectations separately. 

Minimum Qualifications and/or Eligibility Requirements: 

Some coursework in premodern studies and interest in the field. Strong writing skills.


Preferred Skills: 

Knowledge of French, Italian, Spanish, German or Latin desirable.

Knowledge or skills gained from the experience: 

Learn the workings of an independent research library and a Renaissance studies center. Gain curatorial skills and experience symposia, graduate workshops and courses related to premodern interdisciplinary studies.

Application Process: 

To apply for this opportunity, please submit in *one* pdf document, the following materials: 

1) Current CV (including your full name, year of study, major and current contact information), along with the names and contact details of two references at the end;

2) 350 word statement of interest (maximum) detailing your interest in the research opportunity, your motivation and your relevant background and experience the opportunity;

3) Unofficial transcript

Your application file should be emailed directly to Nichole Fazio at nfazio@uchicago.edu. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position open until filled. Please do not submit any materials directly to the named faculty. Following candidate review, you should anticipate a phone interview with Dr. Markey at the Newberry and/or Christine Mehring, Art History. 

Application Requirements: 

  • Submit CV
  • 350 Word Statement of Interest
  • Names of Two References
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • For more information on this opportunity, please contact:

    Christine Mehring and Lia Markey
    Faculty Title: 
    Chair, Department of Art History; Director, Center for Renaissance Studies
    Affiliated Research Institutes (Optional): 

    Center for Renaissance Studies and Newberry Library