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Sarah R

- Research Program Mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy


Classics, Archaeology, Greek or Roman History, Latin, Art History

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Project 1

Create a podcast based on your research of a museum artifact or some other topic you're interested in, like a historical figure/event or a work of literature.

Project 2

Create an interactive digital timeline about a topic/person you're interested in using Timeline JS (

Project 3

Guided reading of particular literary/historical texts, especially Classical (Greek or Latin) texts in translation. Examples could be reading some speeches of Cicero, texts about ancient science, or the earliest Greek novels—but we could make a project out of any topic, text, or genre you're excited to read.

Project 4

Language learning (Latin, Ancient Greek, or Norwegian)


"My Polygence experience with my mentor Sarah was incredibly fruitful and fulfilling. Although I only had 10 sessions with her, I was exposed to a whole new aspect of Classics that I never familiarized myself with before. This project was so eye-opening, as I discovered new interests and passions of mine. For instance, I gained a fascination for art history and what the various paintings revealed about a specific culture. This was something I never had the opportunity to learn in the classroom and I am so grateful to be able to do so with someone as qualified as Sarah. My mentor was very kind and supportive as well. She would often check up on me and would send me a lot of resources that she found relevant to my topic. She guided me and gave me encouragement throughout this whole journey. I am so glad to have her as my mentor. Without all that she has done, I would not have been able to create this podcast. Overall, this Polygence experience has taught me so much and has given me a window through which I saw the world in a different light. I believe that I have matured into a more perceptive person, honing my research, writing, and oral skills along the way. As a result, I can never thank Polygence enough for everything that I have gained, and similarly, I can never thank my mentor enough for nurturing my love of Classics and love of learning."


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