Lab Girl (2018)

Lab Girl Hope Jahren   Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Lab Girl is her revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist....

The shared common reader is a unique opportunity to engage in a meaningful conversation with your fellow students and to begin to share in the intellectual life of the entire UD community. The book is read before arriving on campus with speakers, films, and other cultural events, organized around the theme of the book throughout your first semester.

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2018 Common Reader Essay Contest

Open to All First Year Students     On page 29 author Hope Jahren writes: “Science has taught me that everything is more complicated than we first assume, and that being able to derive happiness from discovery is a recipe for a beautiful life.” As you enter college...

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Lab Girl, a book written by scientist Hope Jahren, has been selected as the University of Delaware’s 2018 First Year Common Reader. The First Year Common Reader is read by UD’s first year students, providing  a unique opportunity for students to engage in a meaningful...

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2017 Common Reader Essay Contest Winners

Ten students were awarded prizes in the 2017 Common Reader Essay Contest, in response to book The Underground Railroad by Colsen Whitehead. Here are the winners: First place: Jillian Krol, a nursing major from Rockaway Park, NY Second place: Michael Szczechowski, an...

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2016 Common Reader Essay Contest

Open to All First Year Students Discuss how you see the similarities and differences in the perception and treatment of Japanese Americans following the attack on Pearl Harbor, and of Muslim Americans following the attacks of September 11, 2001, and current events...

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