Diversity and Inclusion Summer Programs

The Department of the Classics at Harvard announces the following opportunities and initiatives designed to advance our community’s goals of diversity and inclusion:

Prospective applicants and colleagues with questions about these programs are welcome to contact the Department Administrator, Teresa Wu (ttwu@fas.harvard.edu).

Participants in both programs will work with faculty and PhD students in the Department of the Classics at Harvard, and they will have the opportunity to utilize Harvard’s vast resources as they gain valuable research experience. These programs provide opportunities for networking and peer mentoring, and they foster a supportive and collaborative community among the participants. Activities last summer (when the programs were conducted remotely) included classics-themed trivia and game nights, a screening and discussion of Antigone in Ferguson (an adaptation of Sophocles’ play Antigone in a contemporary context), and a panel discussion where students received guidance on potentially pursuing studies in classics at the undergraduate or graduate level. See pages 12–13 of the department's Fall/Winter 2021–22 Nota Bene newsletter for a feature on last summer's programs.

1. Harvard Classics Scholars-in-Training Summer Program

The Department of the Classics offers scholarships to enable high school or college students to explore classical language and culture through both coursework and research at Harvard in the summer. College students will take an accelerated introductory course in Ancient Greek or Latin at Harvard Summer School, and high school students will take either a (non-intensive) beginning Latin or Ancient Greek course or an introductory course on the civilization and culture of ancient Greece (CLAS S-97A: Introduction to the Ancient Greek World). Research activities will help both college and high school participants gain valuable skills for exploring the classical world and developing their own ideas. Note that the courses and programming will be offered remotely for high school students and in person for college students.

In addition to covering the course fee, the scholarship will provide a stipend to compensate the successful candidate for loss of summer income during the seven weeks of the intensive course. The scholarship will also cover housing for undergraduate participants taking intensive language courses in person. In the belief that our community and our discipline thrive on diversity, we especially welcome applications from members of groups historically underrepresented in the field of Classics (e.g. underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, first-generation college students, students from disadvantaged economic backgrounds) and those who are interested in making contributions to access, inclusion, diversity, and outreach.

Application requirements:

  • one-paragraph responses to three questions about your interests and what you hope to gain from this program (see application form).
  • resume* with the names and contact information of two referees whom the selection committee may contact to provide a reference on your behalf.
  • copy (scanned) of transcript/report card from institution currently attending or last attended (unofficial is acceptable).

Eligibility requirements:

  • be enrolled full-time in an accredited public or private high-school or undergraduate institution in the United States.
  • be in good academic standing.
  • be at least 16 years of age.
  • be a documented U.S. citizen or non-citizen U.S. national, or permanent resident of the United States in possession of an alien registration receipt card (I-551) or another legal document of such status at the time of application. International citizens studying in the United States with an F-1 Visa are not eligible.

Applications are due Friday, March 4, 2022, by 11:59 p.m. EST (This has been extended by a week!)

Please note that applicants will be notified of our decision by March 11 (this has been pushed forward by a week, due to the deadline change). Each scholarship recipient will need to submit an application to the Harvard Summer School. The application fee will be covered by this scholarship.

To apply, use this application link or search for the scholarship in the CARAT application portal (search "classics").

Course description links:

For further information please contact the Department Administrator, Teresa Wu (ttwufas.harvard.edu)

*Sample resume template

2. Summer Research Opportunities at Harvard Program (SROH)

The Department of the Classics provides summer research opportunities to connect undergraduates interested in doctoral work in Classics with faculty members in our department. The 10-week program, offered through GSAS and the Leadership Alliance, provides a stipend and access to a host of networking and mentoring opportunities to conduct a research project under the supervision of a faculty member in our department. We currently welcome applications from undergraduates interested in fields related to Greco-Roman antiquity, including but not limited to Republican and Imperial Latin literature; Cicero and Roman oratory; Latin historiography; reception of Latin literature; history of classical scholarship. In the summer of 2021, the SROH student conducted research on ancient Roman cosmetics. There are some eligibility requirements as it pertains to academic standing and residency status, but the program is otherwise open to undergraduates enrolled in any accredited college or university in the US.

For further information please contact Prof. Irene Peirano Garrison (peirano@fas.harvard.edu).

Applications are due February 1, 2022

A link to the application and further information about program eligibility and requirements can be found on the GSAS website.

Testimonials from Summer 2021 Students and Tutors

“Interning under the guidance of Professor Irene Peirano Garrison and Alex Vega, a graduate student in Classical Philosophy, during Summer Research Opportunities at Harvard (SROH) was one of the most enriching educational experiences of my life. I learned so much about the process of conducting Classics research, and I was able to present the culmination of my work at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium due to their endless support, constructive critiques, mentoring, intellectual curiosity, and willingness to embrace the intersections of health sciences and women's studies in antiquity.”

Charnice Hoegnifioh, Yale College (SROH, summer 2021)
Project title: “The Price of Beauty is Pain:
Makeup and Women’s Health in the Roman Empire”

“The summer program was a time where I got to explore so much about myself surrounded by a community empowered through our commitment toward studying and understanding Classics. Each meeting was spent exploring what it meant to be a classicist amidst friends who gave me so much joy and laughter over the summer. I was always inspired, engaged, and ready to have fun with this amazing group of supportive people.”

Zoë Sims Rhodes, Park Tudor School (Beginning Greek)

“The mentors were always very supportive by offering extra help with the course content and were always there to chat about anything classics-related. It was also really nice to meet a community and get to know people who love Classics just as much as I do. As a rising high school senior, I also really appreciated learning about studying Classics in college.”

Sanjana Singh, Boston Latin School (Beginning Greek)

“It was a pleasure to work with such a highly motivated group of students as they developed their ideas, analyzed intriguing texts and languages, and found fascinating connections between the ancient past and the world today. It was great to see them grow as scholars while sharing the joy of exploring the classical world with a community of students who shared their interests.”

Alex Vega, PhD candidate in Classical Philosophy, Harvard University
(Head Tutor, Scholars-in-Training and SROH programs)

“I really enjoyed going over grammar and syntax with students, but I found it especially rewarding to talk to them about their interests and aspirations, and to give them guidance as they explored the possibilities of classical scholarship, which ranges from the Bronze Age to the Byzantine period, from Persia to Britain, and offers thousands of lenses for studying both people and the past.”

Jorge Wong Medina, PhD candidate in Classical Philology, Harvard University
(Head Tutor, Scholars-in-Training Summer Program)