Classical Languages and Letters
Dr. Kyle Harper
Describe your undergraduate research or creative project:
As a Classics student, I have had the opportunity to work on ancient manuscripts with Dr. Kyle Harper. I have studied published ancient papyri, particularly magical papyri, to understand ancient beliefs about magic and religion in Greek-speaking Egypt, and I am working on transcribing and translating an unpublished Greek papyrus that I hope to publish within the next year.I am also a Research Assistant for the Digital Latin Library (DLL) in the Department of Classics and Letters, which has given me the opportunity to work with manuscripts from another perspective, considering all of the variations in manuscripts and the work that goes into creating a published edition, as well as coding for the future DLL website and contributing to the growing field of Digital Humanities.
Explain what you learned or give advice to fellow students:
I would like to be a professor of Classics, and my research experiences in Classics have given me confidence that I will enjoy and succeed in this field. I have learned that interesting research that contributes new information to my field requires a lot of dedication, but there is nothing more rewarding than completing this process, and I would like to devote my life to Classics research. Be confident! I believe that any university student with passion for their subject area and dedication to their work can successfully perform research that will contribute to their field. Research is, in my opinion, the most rewarding thing that an undergraduate student can do. If you see a need for research in your field, find a professor who can mentor you, and devote a significant amount of time to your project. Even working with a professor on a project that he or she is already working on is rewarding and can be a great way to begin to get involved in your field's research.
Awards and/or presentations:
I presented my work at the 2015 OU Undergraduate Research Day.I received a fellowship to study at Oxford University for two weeks this summer as a Logos Fellow.