2021 Scholars

Morgan Bishop ‘22

Part of Muhlenberg’s 2022 graduating class, I’m an English major and a creative writing minor absolutely fascinated with the art of storytelling, and how it’s affected by medium (that is, books, plays, movies, poems, podcasts, etc.) At college, I’m additionally a Writing Tutor at Muhlenberg’s Writing Center, and a member of the Muhlenberg Academic Review (MAR) Board. When I’m not reading, writing, or working, I also love to sew, or go hiking.

Project: Dracula: The Map

Reflections on Digital Scholarship

The Digital Summer Scholars program was honestly a dream for me; it allowed me to pursue a topic I’m passionate about— Bram Stoker’s Dracula (pub. 1897)—  while also exploring the various ways I could share my research with others. Through the Summer Scholars program, I was able to experiment with map-making and storytelling programs like StoryMap JS, and create a new way to experience the events of Bram Stoker’s iconic novel. In addition, being able to pursue my specific research alongside other students (interested in a variety of topics) helped create an atmosphere of excitement and discovery for me that made the process of research endlessly interesting. 

Abbey Robuck ‘24

My name is Abbey Robuck and I am a sophomore (’24) here at Muhlenberg College. I am currently majoring in international studies and minoring in Asian studies for Mandarin Chinese. Although my primary topic of research tends to be China, I have also had an interest in Russia, specifically relating to women’s issues during the Soviet Union. Not only I am excited to be exploring this topic in more detail, but I am also honored to be a part of the Muhlenberg Summer Digital Scholars Program, which allowed me to approach research in new ways and in different formats.

Project: Soviet Motherhood

Reflections on Digital Scholarship

I am incredibly honored that I got to be a part of the digital scholarship taking place here at Muhlenberg. Not only did this experience allow me to dive deeply into a subject that I have a lot of interest in, but it also exposed me to exciting research possibilities and opportunities that I did not even know existed. Additionally, being able to work with fellow scholars in a learning community gave me an environment where I could grow and experiment academically without judgment. Overall, being a summer digital scholar has been a truly amazing experience. 

Lottie Segal ‘23

Lottie Segal is an English major and Creative Writing minor in her junior year at Muhlenberg College.

Project: Elizabethan Dress, Gender, and Politics

Reflections on Digital Scholarship

The opportunity to work on this project allowed me to explore one of my favorite subjects, dress history, in depth. Doing it though digital scholarship means I’ll easily to be able to share my work with others. I am honored to have been part of this program and to have worked with the other wonderful digital scholars and our amazing mentors.

Niamh Sherlock ‘23

Hello! I’m a junior double majoring in theatre and music. I currently work as a Resident Advisor, serve as the Publicity Manager for the Muhlenberg Theatre Association, and I’m a member of Noteworthy A Cappella and of Phi Sigma Sigma. Outside of college life, I love caring for my increasingly large collection of houseplants, songwriting, and 2000’s emo music (it truly wasn’t a phase).

Project: Must Go On

Reflections on Digital Scholarship

Being a theatre major, I knew I wanted to focus my research project around the chaotic past year and a half for the theatre industry. I am so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to bring this project to life and receive so much support and guidance from the Summer Digital Scholars team. The aspect of this project that I feel most grateful for is the connections I got to make because of it, both within the podcast and the program as a whole. After being restricted from seeing others throughout the pandemic, it was wonderful to spend the summer with a vibrant research community and have the ability to reflect with so many incredible theatre makers as guests on the episodes. 

Sarah Wedeking ‘24

Sarah Wedeking is an undergraduate at Muhlenberg College. Her work on asexuality is motivated by her own personal identify as an asexual person, and hopes to continue to amplify queer voices within her research.

Project: Asexuality in Media

Reflections on Digital Scholarship

It was such a wonderful experience to be a part of this program. I was particularly honored to do such personal and important research on asexuality in media. As an asexual person, it is so significant to see my identity represented in mainstream media. To acknowledge this problem, this lack of representation, we can begin to change this.