Congratulations on being chosen as a CAMD Scholar! The Oliver Wendell Holmes Library is dedicated to helping you find the right resources for your project.
As you begin the research journey, be sure to meet with the librarian and use this guide to help you navigate the print and electronic resources available to you. Speaking with the librarian early in the process will ensure that you collect print resources available in the OWHL catalog (and the NOBLE consortium) before you leave campus for the summer. You will have access to electronic resources remotely through PA Net while away from campus.
The following series of “check-ins” is meant to both keep you on track with your project and alert your advisor and Ms. Staff if you’re encountering any potential roadblocks. Think of this as a checklist. You are welcome to modify the midsummer dates with your advisor as needed, but the final deadlines are fixed. When you can’t adhere to a deadline here, please communicate!
Meet with your faculty advisor to narrow down your research area and prepare a summer reading bibliography. What are the top sources to read in your field? Meet at least twice. After you meet with Mr. Curtis, adjust your bibliography into a more manageable reading list, and confirm your summer benchmarks and communications calendar. Email to confirm your final schedule of deadlines with Ms. Staff.
Meet with Mr. Derek Curtis to revise your bibliography, find sources, and determine summer access to library materials.
Wednesday, May 20th : Scholar-palooza Zoom meet-and-greet with this past year’s scholars & Ms. Staff! (Date is tentative)
June 19 First Check-in: Revised Proposal and Updated Bibliography
Send revision of proposal and updated bibliography to your faculty advisor, Mr. Curtis, and Ms. Staff.
July 10 Second Check-in: Draft of Introduction
Send draft of introduction and working thesis statement/research question to your advisor and Ms. Staff. You may also have a short outline at this point.
July 31 Third Check-in: Full Outline
Send full outline to your faculty advisor and Ms. Staffaroni.
If you are planning complementary programming, send your ideas (and, if relevant, a proposed budget) to Ms. Staff by this date. (Note that our budget is limited and that your program does not necessarily need to involve outside guests.)
August 14 Fourth Check-in: Half Draft
Send 5-8 double-spaced pages of your paper to your faculty advisor and Ms. Staff. Your bibliography should be up-to-date (cite as you go!).
August 28 Fifth Check-in: FULL DRAFT!
Send full draft of paper to your faculty advisor and Ms. Staff. Your paper should have gone through at least one revision with your advisor before Ms. Staff reads it. ***After receiving this draft of your paper, we will determine if your draft is sufficient or if your project should end.***
September 14 Submit final paper to your faculty advisor and Ms. Staff. Woohooo!!!!
Fall Term! Meet with Ms. Staff to start discussing your publicity and presentation.
CAMD Scholars Program: Student Expectations
Below are the expectations of a CAMD Scholar. If at any point in your tenure in this process, your faculty advisor or I feel uncomfortable with your behavior around these expectations, know that you may be asked to give up your place in the program.
Academic integrity. In alignment with the Blue Book’s rules on scholarly integrity, your CAMD Scholar research must be original, as well as rigorously and properly cited. Check with your advisor or Ms. Staffaroni if you have a question about a source, editing practice, or anything else that gives you pause. Papers that do not uphold all standards of academic integrity will unfortunately be disqualified, and discipline will be pursued.
Upholding all school rules. In addition to academic integrity rules, CAMD Scholars represent CAMD and Andover, and it is vital that you do so by respecting school rules and conducting yourself with maturity. If you are found in violation of a school rule during your tenure as a scholar, you will unfortunately be asked to relinquish your title as a scholar.
Reflecting the values of equity and inclusion in your behavior. Expanding upon #2, we have chosen you not only to be an academic scholar, but also to be an ambassador for the values of CAMD: community, multiculturalism, equity, inclusion, and justice. We expect that those values will shine through in your conduct during your time as a scholar.
Timely and forthcoming communication. This is a big one, because when we are away from campus, it is harder to stay on top of things, and even harder for your advisor and Ms. Staff to track you down. It is vital that you communicate with us if anything comes up along the way. It is also important that you respond to emails in a timely manner, particularly around the time of deadlines.
Respect for deadlines. Speaking of deadlines! The timeline we have created (and that you will have a chance to modify a bit) has a rhyme and reason: please adhere to it as closely as possible. The most important deadline, of course, is the late August one, when your draft will be assessed for its level of completion and your status as a scholar will be confirmed. That deadline is unfortunately a hard one, while the others throughout the summer can be soft as long as clear communication has preceded any changes.
Respect for your faculty advisor’s time and boundaries. This is huge. Advisors receive a very small token of appreciation for their time spent advising you; in other words, they are doing this out of the generosity of their hearts. Do not expect late-night email responses, immediate turnaround of feedback, or other kinds of unreasonable support. Set clear expectations with each other and be sure to respect those boundaries so as to maintain a positive rapport.
Kindness and compassion toward yourself. Be kind to yourself; you are doing the best you can! We have to have clear limits, deadlines, and expectations in order to ensure fairness. But that doesn’t mean that you have failed if you can’t make it work. It’s OK if your summer turns out differently than you’ve planned. You will hit bumps in the road. You may find you cannot complete this research. Remember that the journey, not the destination, is where the real learning happens. Even half of a paper will serve you immensely in your preparation for higher education -- and life! Even if you cannot complete this process in an ‘official’ capacity, we will still respect and care about you, and we hope you will find another way to put your research to use on campus next year.