Jordan Larsen

OU Major: 
History of Science
Research Mentor: 
Dr. Piers Hale
Describe your undergraduate research or creative project: 
I have been researching the relationship between evolution and spiritualism in Victorian England, particularly through the example of science popularizer and spiritualist Arabella Buckley, with the guidance of Dr. Hale. I think many people have a false conception of science and religion necessarily at war throughout history, and one of my aims is to explore and challenge that conception. Buckley demonstrates how in the Victorian Period, they way people viewed their world was not so simply divided into these categories we create -- similar to today.
Explain what you learned or give advice to fellow students: 
It was not until I mustered the confidence to ask my professor to mentor me in a research project that I learned just how supportive OU is of student research. My research has allowed me not only to explore my favorite questions, but connect with professional scholars, helpful scholarships, and scholarly opportunities to present my work. The support is there -- please take advantage of it!
Published Work: 
Larsen, Jordan. "Arabella Buckley's Epic." The Honors Undergraduate Research Journal, University of Oklahoma 15 (2016): 53.