My campus is pretty into faculty student research. The model comes from the sciences, where junior researchers can learn to collect data and contribute to projects.
I'd like to see a really good model from within the humanities, and specifically, from within the humanities that isn't current popular culturally based.
Because I'm a self-centered so and so, I'd like the research to contribute to my work, learning, research, and to COUNT for something at review time.
I'd also like it to benefit the student(s) in meaningful ways.
One idea I'm starting to toss around: I'm doing a dramaturgy thing with a local high school group for a week this summer, and I'm thinking an undergrad could do some meaningful meta-analysis of reaching Shakespeare/performance to secondary students? Or could, possibly, contribute something meaningful to the dramaturgy aspect of the project?
I'd really appreciate some ideas, because while I'm interested in general, I'm coming up blank with models or ideas I can use.
On some level, it seems to me that the "data" lit people "collect" requires a fairly broad sense of theoretical and/or historical issues, and that sense takes longer than most undergrads have to develop about any given work of literature, much less a field.
Also, most of the super motivated students that I hear about doing science type faculty student research are aiming for med school, and they're really focused on specific work that will help their application(s). We have very few of those type students interested in potential humanities research.