SC Humanities Announces 2015 Student Research Fellow

SC Humanities is pleased to announce that one Student Research Fellow has been selected for 2015: Lauren Hamm of the University of South Carolina. Student Research Fellowships are awarded annually on a competitive basis to undergraduate students in their sophomore or junior years attending an accredited university or college in South Carolina to explore research and scholarship in the humanities. The 2015 fellow will conduct humanities research and present her findings in a public program at a South Carolina venue.

Lauren Hamm will investigate “Emotional Themes in the Anglo-Saxon Poem ‘Deor’” under the guidance of noted medieval studies scholar, Dr. Scott Gwara. Ms. Hamm will use the poem ‘Deor’ to consider Anglo Saxon culture and will investigate the poem’s relationship to contemporary literature with the expectation of publishing a paper in July or August of 2015.


Lauren Hamm

SC Humanities Board of Directors made the decision to begin offering Student Research Fellowships again in 2013 after receiving feedback from deans and professors who attended the Humanities in Higher Education Summits in 2009 and 2011. These academic humanists indicated that there were not many research opportunities available for students majoring in humanities disciplines and that such an opportunity would be encouraging in departments that are often losing funding and majors.

Executive Director Randy Akers said: “I believe it is important to support the work of future scholars and professionals in the humanities and to further stress the viability of the humanities in an increasingly technological age.”

SC Humanities looks forward to supporting Ms. Hamm in her excellent research plans. For more information about the Student Research Fellowships, including guidelines and application, please visit the website:  or contact T.J. Wallace at 803-771-2477 or

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. SC Humanities programs and initiatives are balanced, reflecting sensitivity to the diversity of ideas, encourage open dialogue, demonstrate integrity, and are ethical in operations.