The 2013 Summer Writers Institute is the third in a series of summer writer workshops supported by the Place Studies Program of the Bucknell Environmental Center. The Institute will consist of six student researchers. By agreeing to participate, each student will receive financial support and housing for an 8-week session from May 28 - July 23, 2013. During the 8-week session, students are intellectually supported by three faculty mentors and two faculty consultants, and are provided opportunities to be involved with social and academic events for summer student researchers. Students are also required to present summer research results through individually tailored final writing projects in a blog format, and are encouraged, but not required, to participate in undergraduate research fairs at Bucknell during the 2013-2014 academic year.

2013 Theme

With support from the Chesapeake Conservancy, and the John Ben Snow Trust, Bucknell University's Place Studies Program and Susquehanna Valley Writers Institute will create an inventory of the cultural and historic resources of the Susquehanna River, from Havre-de Grace, Maryland to Sunbury, Pennsylvania and then on the West Branch to Clearfield in Clearfield County and on the North Branch to Cooperstown, NY. This work continues research already underway as part of Bucknell's Stories of the Susquehanna Valley multimedia project, and will involve partners at other universities in the region.

Finances & Logistics

  • Students will receive a $3,000 stipend for an 8-week session from May 28 - July 23, 2013.
  • Students will be taxed on their income and will need to complete W-2 forms prior to receiving pay.
  • Students will be housed in the Bucknell dorms. If you do not require housing, please inform the program coordinator. Housing (although free) is usually taxed as income, and this will be reflected in your paychecks.
  • Students develop an individual work plan with their respective faculty mentor. If a student has unique scheduling needs, he/she will discuss these with his/her faculty mentor.
  • Students are expected to attend a weekly research team meeting. If a student must miss a meeting, he/she needs to inform the program coordinator.
  • Academic credit is NOT awarded for participation in the Writer's Institute.
  • Please direct questions to Brandn Q. Green – 570.577.1724 –