Undergraduate Research Awards
Undergraduate Research Award (UGRA) recipients are awarded $1,000 to fund their faculty-mentored research and creative projects. The UGRA competition is coordinated by the Center for Undergraduate Research and funded by a partnership between the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Office of Research, Undergraduate Studies and the Office of the Provost. Students apply for the award by writing a four-page research proposal under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Applications are evaluated on the merit of the applicant's proposal, the applicant's academic record and a recommendation letter from the faculty mentor.
Currently, two students in our undergraduate program are working on projects funded by UGRA.
Gustin Bova, a senior from Lawrence majoring in Latin American & Caribbean Studies, is working on a project titled "On the Interpretation of Latin American Indigenous Languages in U.S. Courtrooms: An Ethnographic and Sociolinguistic Approach." His mentor is Peter Haney, Latin American & Caribbean Studies. Gus is pictured here in Ecuador, where he studied Quichua as a FLAS fellow in 2013-2014.
Cassandra Osei, a senior from Shawnee majoring in Latin American & Caribbean Studies and History, is working on a project titled "'Let there be stereotypes': Colorblindness, affirmative action, and racial semantics at the University of California, 1977-1996." Her mentor is Clarence Lang, American Studies and African & African American Studies. Cassie is pictured here in Brazil, where she studied Portuguese and conducted research on the history of Afro-Brazilian women with a FLAS fellowship in Spring 2014.
The McNair Scholars Program
The mission of the McNair Scholars Program is to support undergraduate students in their quest to attend graduate school and obtain a doctoral degree. The McNair Scholars Program serves students that are either 1) from underrepresented minority groups or 2) are first generation college students AND come from low-income backgrounds.