Your Div III Meetings – Make sure you are making the most of your meetings with your committee. Go with an agenda and a way to take notes. Use this notes and action plan handout to help you think about what you can get out of your Div III meetings.

Writing – There is writing help in the library and the Knowledge Commons as well as from the Writing Center.

Peer Support – There are peer and alumni fellow supports in the Knowledge Commons. ALSO – consider creating your own peer editing/critiquing group. We can help with tips for forming and running a peer editing/critique groups.

Funding – Looking for funding for your project or internship? CORC has a listing of all Hampshire fellowships, grants, and scholarships. See if any would apply to your work.

Library – The library staff offer many resources for Division III students:

  • Research Librarians – Meet with a librarian for research consultations throughout your Div III process. Librarians can help you find sources, identify subject-specific research collections, and cite all kinds of sources.
  • Div III Library Toolkit – Online research and resource guide
  • Div III archives – Find Div IIIs online and in print
  • Library carrels – How to apply for a carrel in the library
  • DivShowcase – Div III process blogs
  • How to submit your Div III to the College Archives
  • Resource Guides – here is a complete list of the resource guides put together by librarians and IT staff. Find the ones that will help you with content areas of interest, skills, or methods.

Keeping an annotated bibliography – It is really useful to keep track of what you are reading, to write about specific ideas. Here is a handout with tips about creating an annotated bibliography (.pdf)

Formatting your Div III – These resources can help you format your Div III,  prepare it for submission to your committee and to the Hampshire College Archives. Hampshire’s Research Librarians are happy to help you navigate these formatting issues, too. Just stop by the InfoBar to ask for help, or email the librarian whose subject area aligns with your project.

Global Education – Explore the possibilities for incorporating a global experience into your Div III. Obviously, you’ll need lots of lead time. See what GEO has to offer you.

Community Placements – Hoping to have a community site for your Division III? Make sure to work early with an office that can help you find the right organization. See the folks from the Community Commons in the Knowledge Commons, the Childhood Youth and Learning (CYL), Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP), Career Options Resource Center (CORC), or Culture Brain and Development (CBD) – or talk to your committee members!

Institutional Review Board (IRB) – Doing research with human participants? You will need to complete an IRB application. Read more about the process and talk with your committee about a proposal. Be aware of the deadlines for proposals and get yours in as early as possible so it doesn’t hold up your work (doing the proposal helps you think about your purposes and your methods – so it is really helpful).


  • Survey Tool – Every Hampshire student, faculty, and staff has the ability to create and distribute surveys for free using Qualtrics. Visit where you can find tutorials for this flexible tool. Use your Hampshire login to get into Qualtrics.
  • Concept mapping tools – Concept maps can be used in many ways – from finding out what you do and do not understand about how ideas are related, to helping you organize you ideas for a paper or project, to summarizing where you have been and where you are going. Visit this site for concept mapping tools.
  • Project Management Tools – Use the right tools for the job. For example, stay organized by keeping a bullet journal www.bulletjournal.comor use Trello (
  • Bibliographic materials – use Zotero (supported by librarians), Endnote, or Mendeley ( Use them right at the start, you’ll have lots of sources on the ready when you need them.
  • Electronic Notes – look at a tool like Notability, Good Notes, or such.
  • Scheduling Your Time – Try a bullet journal ( Or perhaps you would do well by UNSCHEDULING your time. Rather than schedule in work and see if there is time left for play, try scheduling in your play time. If you follow the advice in this article on unscheduling, you’ll be able to have the guilt-free play time you have scheduled in.
  • Strategies for Getting Work Done – Get lots done by working in 25 minute increments with 5 minute breaks in between. Watch a video about it and get started at
  • Work with your peers – Finding other students who do similar work or who are willing to enter into discussions about your work is extremely valuable. Don’t try to do Div III in isolation. Talking with others expands your ideas, helps you articulate your ideas and find resources. Once you found a group, this document contains tips for forming and running a peer editing/critique groups (pdf).

Some important staff to know – they can help you with many things Div III and beyond.

Faculty Advice – these audio files are from the Div III Orientation program.

  • Expectations (.mov) — Laura Wenk, Dean of Curriculum and Assessment, Associate Professor of Cognition and Education
  • Jason Tor (.mov)  Associate Professor of Microbiology
  • Elly Donkin (.mov) Professor of Theater
  • Rachel Rubinstein (.mov) Associate Professor of American Literature & Jewish Studies
  • Aaron Berman (,mov) Professor of History
  • Melissa Burch (.mov) Associate Professor of Cognitive Development