Cara Petitti '13 aspires to teach writing at the college level and become a published author one day. As part of her Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at the University of New Haven she honed her skills by critically examining the work of American writer Edith Wharton, specifically her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Age of Innocence."
"After studying her life I grew to admire her as a writer and a person," said Petitti, who conducted her research at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale. "When I laid out the manuscript in front of me, I felt a really strong connection to the writing. I had never had that experience with a piece of literature before, and it was really exciting."
Petitti was one of 24 students who spent the summer pursuing applied research under the direct tutelage of a faculty member. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis, based on proposals that students develop with advice from a faculty mentor. The SURF program is supported through a generous donation by Frank Carrubba '69 and his wife, Pat.