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About the Program

The CHESS program is a three-semester-long guided research experience for students.  

Semester 1 (Fall): CHESS participants will enroll in a research design course where they will develop projects around a broad research stream that engages critical issues of cultural heritage in Europe.  

Semester 2 (Spring):  Students will enroll in a 6-credit field research course with a faculty supervisor.  Students will participate in a pre-fieldwork workshop at our partner institution, the University of Barcelona (UB) before traveling to their individual research sites for 12 weeks of fieldwork.  After completing their fieldwork, students will return to Barcelona for a post-fieldwork workshop.   At the two workshops, students will engage in peer-mentoring activities with UB students and will be matched with a UB faculty mentor.

Undergraduate participants will be placed in University of Barcelona faculty-supervised internships at field sites in Catalonia and Spain.  Graduate students will conduct research related to the annual research stream at individual field sites of their own choosing in preparation for advanced dissertation research.  

Semester 3 (Fall): Students will enroll in a data analysis and writing course, where they will analyze the data they have gathered and prepare their research results for publication and conference presentations.  

Post-Program: Students are encouraged to continue to participate in CHESS program activities through ongoing conference presentations, publications, and peer mentoring activities.

Please see coursework for more information about required and elective courses for CHESS participants.