Reed College Symposium,  From Evidence to Scholarship: Transforming Undergraduate Student Research in the Digital Age

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The two-day conference brought together faculty, librarians, and instructional technologists to share collaborative strategies for cultivating student engagement with data and digital resources. On March 15, the NELC-sponsored Newbook project represented the University of Washington with a presentation entitled: "Newbook Digital Texts: New Models for Digital Scholarship and Undergraduate Education" and presented by Sarah Ketchley & Walter Andrews and Hannah Jolibois & Jion Yi. 

After a brief introduction to the long history of digital projects at NELC, Newbook undergraduate research leaders, Hannah Jolibois and Jion Yi, described how self-managed undergraduate intern researcher teams developed practices and procedures uniting technology students, humanities and social sciences students, and business, marketing, and advertising students in a successful, large-scale digital humanities project to prepare and publish rare original source materials.

Newbook Digital Texts is an innovative digital humanities publishing house re-imagining and restructuring traditional academic research, publication, and education.  Over six years, more than 140 University of Washington undergraduate interns and several graduate assistants have collaborated with faculty on projects ranging from Ottoman and Georgian poetry to nineteenth-century travel journals from Iraq and Egypt.