OUR Featured Researcher: Emily Hudson '22
Emily Hudson (she/hers) is a Triple major in Greek, Latin, and Comparative Literature conducting mentored research under Professor Drew Wilburn. Her project is titled “Karanis Housing Project".
Please describe your project:
My work is as a research assistant to Professor Drew Wilburn of the Classics Department. Our project is titled the “Karanis Housing Project.” The ultimate goal of the project is to set up an online website that displays a GIS map of the site archeological site, Karanis, Egypt. By clicking around on the map, visitors of the website will be able to view different artifacts discovered during the excavations of Karanis and see when and where they were discovered, as well as further information from the excavation records. My primary job is to organize and edit large sets of data in order to ensure that all of the information pertaining to these objects is consistent and correct and to eliminate any incorrect or duplicate entries.
What is your favorite aspect of the research process?
My favorite part about engaging with the work of the Karanis Housing Project is looking back on where I began and where I am now. When I first started on the project, it was difficult for me to understand that the individual entries within the datasets were actually corresponding to real artifacts discovered in Karanis, Egypt. But as the project has progressed and we have been able to upload the data sets I have worked on to our website, I have been able to see the results of having an open-access database that provides a comprehensive look into a massive excavation site, simply by typing a URL into a search engine.
What advice would you give to a younger student wanting to get involved in research in your field?
If you have a professor who you know is conducting research, especially on a large-scale project, chances are they are looking for help in some capacity! Even if they aren’t actively searching out students, if you approach a professor showing interest in their research project, they are going to note that initiative. Your professors are here to teach you, not only in the classroom but outside of it too, by providing hands-on experiences. If you know of a research project that interests you and you think you want to get involved in it, talk to your professor! Most of them will be happy just to know you’re paying attention and engaged with the discipline!