Sophomore Journeys Digital Scholarship Fellows

"A program designed to help second-year students investigate and gain proficiency with a variety of digital platforms and critically reflect on the related impacts on our culture and society.”  

We are pleased to present the Digital Scholarship Fellows Program, offered by the Libraries' Digital Scholarship Group in partnership with the Sophomore Journeys Grant. 

The program is designed to enable sophomores to investigate and gain proficiency with a variety of digital platforms, while also critically reflecting on the related impacts on our culture and society.

2021-2022 Sophomore Journeys Digital Scholarship Fellows

Valeria Diaz

Class of 2024
Digital Scholarship Fellow
Valeria Obregon, ’24, is an international student from Tijuana, México. She expects to do a combined major of Environmental Studies and Sociology and a minor in Gender Studies. She is highly interested in the role she can play to solve current social problems in her home country.

Breanna Henry

Class of 2024
Digital Scholarship Fellow
Breanna Henry, ’24, is from Norman, Oklahoma. She is pursuing a combined major in English and Environmental Studies and a minor in Chinese Studies. Breanna plans to pursue a variety of careers after graduating, including teaching, writing, and environmental conservation.

Abigail Lateer

Class of 2024
Digital Scholarship Fellow
Abigail Lateer, ‘24, is from Tolland, Connecticut and is pursuing a dual major in environmental studies and English. Her goal in the DSF program is to further develop her skills in order to experiment with blending digital platforms with creativity and the arts.

Zenani Mabuza

Class of 2024
Digital Scholarship Fellow
Zenani Mabuza, ‘24, is from the Kingdom of Eswatini, Africa. She intends to pursue a double major in Combined Math and Economics, as well as in Francophone Studies. Her interests lie in the emancipation and edification of women, mainly in the Sub-Saharan context.

Ayanda Mcanyana

Class of 2024
Digital Scholarship Fellow
Ayanda Mcanyana, ’24, is from Mbabane, Eswatini (Swaziland) and is pursuing a double major in Computer Science and Mathematics. She aspires to use the knowledge she gains from the Digital Scholarship Fellowship to find her place in the tech space.

Vanessa Osei

Class of 2024
Digital Scholarship Fellow
Vanessa Osei, ’24, is from New York City, New York. She is interested in pursuing a Global Studies major with a minor in Creative Writing. Vanessa plans on expanding her knowledge using digital technologies to explore the ways in which she can further understand the world.

Jose Ugalde

Class of 2024
Digital Scholarship Fellow
Jose Ugalde, ’24, intends to double major in Computer Science and Mathematics with a Music minor at St. Lawrence University. Besides having an interest in STEM, Jose shares a strong passion for social justice, particularly advocating for queer BIPOC people.

Evelyn Villanueva

Class of 2024
Digital Scholarship Fellow
Evelyn Villanueva, ’24, is from the Bronx, New York. She intends on pursuing a major in Data Science and a minor in Sociology at St. Lawrence University. She is interested in traveling to developing countries and teaching young girls how to code in the future.

Program Overview

Students are engaged in a series of workshops, led by Nicole Roché, and Eric Williams-Bergen. The workshops and related tasks are designed to progressively increase the students' skills in the use of digital technologies for scholarly research and to acquaint them with the debates about the role and challenges of technology in our society.  

Mary Jane Smith, Sophomore Journeys Coordinator and Associate Professor of History notes,

"The Sophomore Journeys Digital Fellows Scholarship offers students mentored, hands-on, experiential learning that they will be able to transfer to their classroom assignments, SYE mentored research projects, and/or internships, fellowships, and post-graduation employment.  After working one-on-one with LIT digital learning experts, the Digital Fellows will employ their newly learned expertise in digital technology platforms to advise faculty and/or students working on digital scholarship projects while continuing to enhance their own digital technologies research skills." 


Students using virtual reality goggles
Many of the courses which use digital scholarship projects use the new Digital Scholarship Lab in Owen D. Young (ODY) Library, pictured above, for instructor-led workshops or freeform working sessions.

The Opportunity

Fellows receive a stipend for their participation in the program. Activities include regular DSF collaboration meetings and digital skills workshops. Meetings and workshops are relaxed and productive to help guide progress through the program.

Developing digital skills from workshops enhance scholarly research used in a variety of collaborative digital scholarship projects on and off campus. Upon completion of the program, fellows have a foundation of various digital skills and project experience. This experience enhances future college and professional work at St. Lawrence and beyond!

Learn Digital Skills in Workshops

Fellows attend workshops to increase their repertoire of computer skills and technical knowledge, while simultaneously deepening their understanding of the digital humanities.

Code on computer screen

Web Design

With hands-on experience, fellows learn the basics of HTML and CSS, building blocks of every webpage and ubiquitous tools for presenting digital information. Fellows learn how to arrange and stylize web content manually by building a simple but attractive personal website. Students also gain experience building WordPress- and Drupal-based websites.


Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies are changing the world from entertainment to scientific research, but they have scholarly and pedagogical applications as well. In this workshop, students experience various Augmented Reality tools for smartphone and tablet, before embarking on virtual journeys to ancient Rome, African savannah, and the depths of solitary confinement.

A person wearing VR headset.

Data & Society


Working with Images


Geospatial Web

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Contribute to Digital Scholarship Projects

Fellows work with university faculty and library staff on research that incorporates digital technology. This unique opportunity prepares students for future academic and career opportunities.

Female student using laptop computer.

Featured Projects

The Digital Scholarship Group supports a wide range of projects from across the spectrum of the digital humanities. Below are a few featured projects.


Read what DSF alumni have to say about the program!

Brittany Gordon

Brittanie Gordon

Class of 2021

A few months ago, I was given the opportunity to expand my knowledge of the digital field throughout the Digital Scholarship Fellows program. Over that time, I have learned a great amount that I am able to confidently incorporate in my other courses such as some basic coding skills, exploring Microsoft Excel and making timelines. The fellowship has helped me to understand what goes on” behind the scenes” in the digital world and this brought me to appreciate the work done in this field. Aside from building my technological skills, I had the opportunity to work with and form relationships with five other sophomore fellows and four members the St. Lawrence University staff, who facilitated meetings. My favorite part about this program is how interactive meetings are and the fact that we are all able to learn from each other and build on each other’s ideas.

A complete list of past and present undergraduate digital scholars can be found here.


Contact one of our team members to learn more about this opportunity!


Apply for a 2022/2023 Digital Scholarship Fellowship


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