The Latina/o and Mexican American Studies (LMAS) program offers three Undergraduate Research Fellowships annually. The fellowship is designed to foster work that is integrated into the faculty mentor's ongoing research, but also reflects the students' unique interests. Students who receive the stipend and successfully complete two semesters of research are designated LMAS Undergraduate Research Fellows.
Each student selected as a Research Fellow will be engaged in a well-defined research project for which there are clear expectations and responsibilities and an outcome goal. Student research projects can focus on any topics relating to or benefiting Latina/o populations. The Fellow must be committed to at least five hours of research per week under the direction of an LMAS Faculty member and each Fellow is strongly encouraged to sign up for a directed readings course with their faculty mentor or PSCI 4954 (the LMAS Research Capstone course). Students should expect to be assigned research tasks to carry out for their faculty mentor, while faculty mentors should expect to supervise and educate students in the research process. Each Fellow may hold the award for only two semesters during his/her academic career. Fellows who co-author conference papers with their faculty mentor will receive an additional $500 to be used to fund conference travel. Faculty who co-author with their student will receive an additional $500 in travel funds .
Scope of the Work: The fellowship is designed to foster work that is integrated into the faculty mentor's ongoing research, but also reflects the students' unique interests. Successful applicants will include in their proposal a commitment to engage in at least one of the following activities during the period of the award or immediately beyond:
· Presentation of a research paper at an academic or scholarly conference;
· Submission of an article co-authored with the faculty mentor for publication; or
· Presentation of a paper or poster at University Scholars Day.
Eligibility: Research Fellowships are for students who have 1) earned at least 60 credit hours; 2) earned at least 9 credit hours in LMAS classes, including one of the required LMAS classes (HIST 3150, ANTH 3140, ANTH 4300, ENGL 3922, PSCI 3100 when taught as "Latino Politics," "Immigration Politics" or "U.S. Immigration Policies," SPAN 3140 or THEA 4370 and 3) have at least a 3.0 grade point average. Students must take at least 9 semester credit hours each semester they are Fellows.
Fellows will be selected by a committee of LMAS faculty members. Students selected as Undergraduate Research Fellows will be notified by e-mail by the director of the LMAS program and provided guidance for beginning their semester of work as a Research Fellow.