Peirce Center Student Fellowships

Undergraduate Research in Special Collections Fellowships

Brook and Carol Peirce Center for Undergraduate Research in Special Collections Fellowships are awarded for original research using Special Collections & Archives at the Goucher College Library. 

Peirce Fellowships grant undergraduates the opportunity to conduct significant original research that they would otherwise be unable to conduct using resources from the Special Collections & Archives at Goucher College. Each fellowship will result in a tangible product, such as a research paper, website, short story, documentary, finding aid, or artwork.

Fellows are selected each semester on a competitive basis and are awarded stipends up to $1,500.

To Apply

Brooke and Carol Peirce shared a deep love of the humanities and the arts. They sought to bring literature, history, drama, and poetry alive to their students and to deepen their creative and curious minds. In this spirit, please submit a one- to two-page proposal along with an application form. Download and print the Peirce Fellowship Application (PDF). Be sure to include what sparked your interest and led you to apply, as well as, your intended end product, any anticipated expenses, and previous research experience. Fellows are required to select a faculty sponsor.

Prior to application, students are strongly urged to make an appointment with the SC&A staff to discuss their proposal and collections that will support their proposed research. Applications will be reviewed by an advisory committee that includes Goucher staff and faculty and community members. Applicants will be contacted via email. Please email the Special Collections & Archives at for more information.

2015 Spring Fellows

Micah Connor '16
Yabsera Faris '17
Nakpangi Ali '17
Nicole Wise '16

The spring 2015 fellows worked on the theme-semester timeline project, "Civil Rights: Goucher and the Nation, 1838 to the Present." This was a partnership with Assistant Professor of History James Dator.  The exhibit is available online.

2013 Summer Fellow

Gillian Ziegler '14

"Hans and Frances Froelicher Papers, and German Immigrants in Maryland." Worked with Professor of History Robert Beachy.

2012 Winter Fellow

Sara Torgerson '14

"Goucher College and the History of the Art Department." The project resulted in a written account of how Art and Art History were studied, a departmental history, and the department's interaction with the art collection. Torgerson presented at the Spring Symposium.

2012 Spring Fellows

Bryce Carson '13 & Jackson Gilman-Forlini '12

"Recovering a Lost World: Epsom Farm 1772-1921." Epsom Farm was an 18th-century farm that existed for 150 years on the land that is now home to Goucher College. Assistant Professor of History and Historic Preservation, Tina Sheller, with Bryce Carson '13, Jackson Gilman-Forlini '12, recovered the lost world of Epsom Farm using records, artifacts, and archaeological remains to document everyday life at this important estate.  Please visit the Epsom Farm website.

2011 Summer Fellows

Lisa Charron '13

"La perspective girodin (The Girondist Perspective)." Charron conducted research on the Girondist perspective during the French Revolution using period French newspapers to culminate in a short story about Girondists during the French Revolution.

Andrea Heymann '12

"Goucher in the City: The History of Goucher College's First Campus in Baltimore." Heymann will developed the foundation for an exhibit showcasing the architecture at Goucher College's former campus in Downtown Baltimore. She researched various aspects of Goucher College's history through books, newspaper articles, blueprints, and other sources and photograph the old Goucher College campus in Baltimore, Maryland.

2011 Spring Fellows

Morissa Rothman-Peirce '13

Rothman-Pierce examine the illustrations found in different editions of Alice in Wonderland to create an exhibit and linoleum prints from her own artistic renderings.

Ben Snyder '13

For the 2011-2012 academic year, Ben was awarded the Mahoney Scholarship to spend the year at Oxford University's Mansfield College where he continued his research on Goucher College's co-founder and second president, John Franklin Goucher. His research focused on "Goucher College's commitment to study abroad from its creation beginning with Dr. Goucher's fascination with Egypt, including the two mummies he brought back to the United States in 1895."

2010 Fall Fellow

Dan Benyishay '11

Benyishay, an English and philosophy major, researched the history and provenance of the college's Oberdorfer Mark Twain Collection to create an exhibit.  The collection includes more than 250 works in their original bindings and housed in gold-stamped custom slipcases; there are also serial publications, documents, and broadsides.

2010 Spring Fellows

Oliver Cole '10 & Anne McLaughlin '10

Cole and McLaughlin researched a mysterious collection of rare maps dating from the 17th century and created an exhibit of digitized images from the maps. The exhibit is available online.

Lucie Ferguson '10

Ferguson, an art major, examined the illustrations found in different editions of Mother Goose rhymes to create her own artistic renderings of the verses. Ferguson created original illustrations and prints inspired by Mother Goose.  View the prints by Ferguson in eScholarship@Goucher.


Maura Roth-Gormley '10

Roth-Gormley investigated a diverse collection of archival materials on co-education at Goucher College and conduct oral histories for a research paper Better Dead Than Coed? Telling the Story of Coeducation at Goucher College that was her senior thesis. 

2009 Spring Fellows

Kate Dannals '09

Dannals conducted research on 20th century rare books collector Alberta Hirshheimer Burke in the Special Collections and Archives Department.  

Alayna Giovannitti '10

Giovannitti and Arnold Sanders, professor of English, explored the library's first American edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novel The Hobbit. Their research inspired a daylong public reading and a publication on this rare holding.  You can view their research on The Hobbit Project webpage.