For my project, I will be analyzing the Corpus Domini convent in 15th century Venice. I will examine the writings of Bartolomea Riccoboni, a nun who lived there. By researching and contextualizing these women’s experiences, I will be able to gain a broader understanding of the expectations and realities for women in the Late Medieval period. Even though these women remained in their convent, they can still reveal general truths about women’s roles.
The Honors Fellowship is important to my research because it allows me to go into great depth on my topic. Funding for undergraduate research is history is scarce, so this Fellowship is a wonderful opportunity for me to focus on my honors thesis full time over the summer.
Hometown: Williamsburg, VA
Future Plans: This year, I will be applying to history graduate programs. I hope to become a history professor in the future. My area of concentration is women in the Italian renaissance
Hobbies: I love the outdoors and enjoy hiking and backpacking. My goal is to hike Pacific Crest Trail someday. I enjoy traveling, and this year have gone to Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. I love to cook and try out new recipes. When I am not reading for school, I like to read mysteries and historical fiction.
Fun Fact: I decided I wanted to come to William and Mary and be a history major at age nine. I visited Colonial Williamsburg with my parents and I was sold! I have taken Latin for four years and will be learning Italian this summer in Florence.
Follow Mary’s research on the W&M Honors Fellowships blog!