Proposals Sought for Bog Garden Summer Research
Students in all disciplines are invited to apply for the College’s first Summer Research Scholars Program, an eight-week session of one-on-one mentoring and hands-on research related to Greensboro’s Bog Garden.
Sponsored by the Center for Principled Problem Solving and the Office of Undergraduate Research, the new program emphasizes research conscious of the ethical dimensions of knowledge and knowledge creation.
Projects will be undertaken by student-faculty pairs, which must submit joint proposals by 5 p.m. May 10. The first group of Summer Research Scholars will be announced May 15.
Guilford will pay $3,000 stipends for faculty, $2,000 stipends for students and project expenses up to $500.
This year’s projects will focus on the Bog Garden at Benjamin Park, an actively preserved, 7-acre natural area in the middle of the city, and must engage an ethical concern shaped by one or more of the College’s Core Values of community, diversity, equality, excellence, integrity, justice and stewardship.
All participants will meet for reflection and discussion at least once a week during the session. In addition to their research projects, teams will complete a reflection document that links their experiences with the experiences of other participants.
The weekly discussions will provide an opportunity for students and faculty to learn how all of the projects are connected. Outside experts and guests will be included in some of these discussions.
Students will present their research at a public reception early in the fall semester.
Examples of possible research topics include:
1. Natural Sciences:
- Study water quality
- Examine what types of invertebrates are living in the bog
- Map plant collections, native and invasive.
- Identify the birds that live in or visit the bog.
2. Social Sciences:
- Assess the impact of urban garden space on the sense of community for residents and out-of-town visitors.
- Who uses the bog and why? If not, why not? With the recent development of adjacent properties over the last five years and subsequent addition of population and human intrusion in the surrounding area, how can the bog’s benefits be sustained?
- Document the interaction of the Bog Garden, its visitors and stakeholders with surrounding commercial entities.
3. Humanities and Arts:
- Document the history of the Bog Garden and the immediate surrounding area, including links with indigenous peoples and cultures.
- Religious Studies & Spirituality: Is there a spiritual or therapeutic benefit for people that visit the Bog Garden to escape urban or suburban life? How might this be identified?
- Create artwork connected with the Bog Garden.
Contact faculty members Melanie Lee-Brown, Maria Rosales, Kathryn Shields, Damon Akins or Barbara Lawrence for more information.