For Students

Student-Curated Exhibits at Yale Library

Wall Street Exhibition Corridor, Sterling Memorial Library

Learn how to present your research using the unique narrative form of an exhibit.  The library’s exhibit staff will assist you to choose, describe, sequence, and arrange objects from the library’s diverse collections.

Our primary student-curated exhibit opportunities are:

2021 Senior Exhibit Project - Proposals due April 5th

Are you a junior who is curious about how to curate an exhibit, enjoy working collaboratively, and would like to see your senior essay transformed into an exhibit in the Sterling Library exhibits corridor? Consider submitting a proposal to the Yale Library senior exhibit project. Yale Library provides one rising senior with training in curatorial skills which culminates in the production of a library exhibition based on the student’s senior essay topic using materials from the Yale Library collections. This exhibit project is sponsored by the Sterling Memorial Library exhibits committee.

  • Open to students of the Class of 2022.
  • The selected student will work closely with exhibit project advisors and YUL’s exhibit professionals to plan and execute their exhibit.
  • Exhibit staff will provide production tools, templates, technical expertise, and guidance while connecting the student with additional library staff for support and access to materials.
  • The selected student will have an opportunity to explore presenting their research in a different narrative form--with a strong visual component, a defined physical space, and its own conventions and practices.
  • The senior exhibit project is perfect for students who have experience researching with primary source materials and whose senior essay subject can be strongly represented by physical objects from the Yale Library collections.

The Timeline

  • Proposal deadline is April 5th
  • Curatorial work will occur throughout the fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters, with optional independent research during summer of 2021.
  • Final exhibit will be installed April 2022.

The production schedule is subject to change if COVID related closures inhibit curators’ abilities to meet agreed upon deadlines. In this instance the exhibit team will work together to revise the schedule as needed.

Discover past students exhibit projects and related promotional material here.

If you are considering submitting a proposal:

Send questions to kerri.sancomb@yale.edu

If you are just getting started ...

Learning how to do research in the collections is the first step toward any exhibit opportunity. Start by getting to  know your personal librarian or subject librarian, as well as archivists and collection specialists. Explore and discover the collections at archives.yale. edu. Get ideas by looking at previous years' exhibits via the SML Exhibits LibGuide. Learn about opportunities to create online exhibits at Yale University Library.

2021 SML Student Research at YUL Online Exhibit Opportunity

Proposals due March 8th

Have you completed a research paper or project that you would like to transform into an online exhibition? Consider applying to this opportunity and submit your proposal here. One student will be selected to curate their own online exhibition, based on a completed paper, using digital images from the Yale Library collections. The site will be posted on Yale Library’s online exhibitions homepage. This exhibit project is sponsored by the Sterling Memorial Library exhibits committee.

  • Open to Yale college sophomores and juniors, graduate, and professional students
  • The selected student will work closely with advisors and YUL’s exhibit professionals to plan and execute their exhibit.
  • Exhibit staff will provide production tools, templates, technical expertise, and guidance while connecting the student with additional library staff for support and access to materials.
  • All exhibit production meetings will occur via Zoom during the spring semester.
  • Upon completion of the required exhibit components, in consultation with the student curators, a Library Exhibit Technician will build the online exhibition using the Library’s approved Omeka templates.

The Timeline

  • Proposal deadline is March 8th
  • Curatorial work will be completed by the end of Spring 2021 semester
  • Exhibit review, completion, and launch will occur during the Fall 2021 semester

The production schedule is subject to change if COVID related closures inhibit curators’ abilities to meet agreed upon deadlines. In this instance the exhibit team will work together to revise the schedule as needed.

View an example of a Student Research at YUL online exhibit here.

If you are considering submitting a proposal:

Send questions to kerri.sancomb@yale.edu