Recent Undergraduate Research

The Department of Classics is committed to helping our students develop their skills as independent researchers. 

Learn about some of the recent original research projects undertaken by our students below. 

Don Quixote and the Windmills by Daumier

Ellie Augustine, "Memory, Mirroring and Mimesis: Ovid’s Metamorphoses in Cervantes’ Don Quixote"

Ellie Augustine’s departmental Honors project explores the relationship between Ovid's Metamorphoses and Cervantes' Don Quixote.

Learn more about Ellie's research

Aaron Fugate, Marble Analysis

Aaron Fugate’s project “Determination of Classical Marble Provenance Through Strontium Isotopic Analysis,” mentored by Prof. Stinson, received support in 2020 from the Office of Undergraduate Research. Samples of white marble from the Wilcox Classical Museum collection were scientifically tested for trace amounts of Strontium (87Sr / 86Sr). The results showed that several of the samples likely originate from ancient Italian and Greek marble quarries.
Wilcox Classical Museum, Marbles Analysis
What is LiDAR? Light Detection and Ranging

Stephen Rector, LiDAR project

Steve Rector's Honors thesis project seeks to build a low-cost, drone based LiDAR system for testing in archaeological field work in Turkey in summer 2022.

Learn more about Steve's research