Lauren Scutt is a member of the class of 2017, and is double majoring in Religious Studies and Psychology. Alongside Professor Abhishek Amar, Lauren has been working on the “Sacred Centers in India” project. Specifically, Lauren has spent time organizing and updating the metadata for Sacred Centers’ archive. Independently, Lauren is researching the psychological benefits of funerary rituals (particularly, Gaya-based, sraddha) in confronting the death of loved ones and ones’ self. DHi has provided Lauren with an opportunity to further develop her research skills and better present her findings in the digital age. Her second CLASS summer was as an intern at the British Museum working with Professor Michael Willis on the Beyond Boundaries: Religion, Region, Language and the State project. Lauren has presented aspects of her research with Professor Amar at Bucknell's Digital Scholarship Conference 2014 and at the Undergraduate Network for Research in the Humanities at Davidson College 2015. Scutt describes her experiences in this reflection paper.
Lauren's student reflection essay can be found at: http://dhinitiative.org/students/class/scutt