Undergraduate Research in Religious Studies

The Undergraduate Research Center is one of the distinctive programs at Occidental College.

This exciting program provides funding for students to engage in full time, paid research on an original project in the summer. During summer 2021, the following students will be working with Religious Studies faculty:

  • Andrew Foster, ’22 "Shifting Intersections of Religion and European Identity: Bosnian and Albanian EU Accession" (mentor: Holmes-Tagchungdarpa)
  • Elena Kervitsky, '22 "Deliverance from the Divine to the Profane Political: Examination of the Political Imaginary Through Divine Myths, Epics, and Legends of Sumer and Mesopotamia (4500 – c. 1900 BC)" (mentor: Holmes-Tagchungdarpa)
  • Maggie Saucedo, '22 "Racism, White Supremacy, and Satanism: An Investigation into How Whiteness Abuses Our Friend Satan" (mentor: Holmes-Tagchungdarpa)
  • Alex Smith, '22 "The Smell of Sulphur: Understanding Revelation through Early Christianity's Interpretation of Fire and Brimstone" (mentor: Upson-Saia)

Students present their research findings at the Summer Research Conference (and sometimes also at the Southern California Undergraduate Research conference, the regional American Academy of Religion conference, or a specialized professional conference). Their research sometimes also forms the foundation for their Senior Comprehensive projects.