Undergraduate Curating Opportunity


Have you ever wanted to curate your own museum exhibit? The Institute of Arts and Humanities and the Library’s Special Collections & Archives are offering a curatorial opportunity that will allow you to present your own exhibit in Geisel Library.

Special Collections holds rare books, manuscripts, and artwork spanning multiple genres and topics. Some of the subject highlights include: Early Pacific Voyages; Culinary History of the Americas; Experimental American Poetry; California, San Diego, & the History of the West; Baja California; Renaissance Literature; Oceanography & Marine Science; Spanish Civil War; Melanesian Anthropology; Contemporary History of Science & Technology; and History of UC San Diego. You can also work with the library’s extensive visual arts collections. Applicants are encouraged to visit the Special Collections before applying to generate ideas for the proposed project.

  • Students must identify a faculty mentor.
  • Students whose submissions are accepted will be given course credit over two quarters (Independent Study in Fall and Winter). To receive 4 units of academic credit per quarter, each student is expected to complete 10 hours of work per week during each quarter. 
  • The final project will be an exhibition on display for a full quarter in the Library in Spring, and then become an online exhibit.
  • The student curator(s) will participate in the exhibit launch party.

ELIGIBILITY: Applications are invited from UCSD undergraduate students with majors or minors in the Arts & Humanities. Students may apply individually or as a team. 


  1. Fill out Sections I and II of the form “Application for Enrollment in Special Studies Courses 197, 198, 199” https://students.ucsd.edu/_files/registrar/special-studies-form197-198-199_6-13-2014.pdf
  2. Describe the proposed project in no more than two pages double-spaced, 12-point font.

The application process will open again in Spring 2018 for the 2018-19 academic year.