Undergraduate Research Grant

LACS Undergraduate Research Grants:

LACS invites undergraduates interested in conducting research in Latin America or the Caribbean to apply for our Summer Travel Grants for 2015. Amount of award(s) will vary. Students interested in working toward a senior thesis or other major research project are especially encouraged to apply. Those interested should submit by May 26th, 2015:

  1. A project proposal of no more than 3 pages, (plus a bibliography if appropriate). The proposal should explain the objective of the proposed study, argue for its importance, detail where and how it will be conducted, explain what steps have been taken to make contacts in the country where the research will take place, and show the project's role in the applicant's plan of study and future goals.
  2. A budget, detailing total expenses.
  3. One letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor who agrees to supervise the project.
  4. A complete transcript.

Complete applications should be turned in by 4pm on Tuesday, May 26th, to Sarah Peters, Program Assistant, Latin American and Caribbean Studies at lacs@northwestern.edu | tel. 847-491-7980.

2015 LACS Undergraduate Research Grant Winners:

  • Ninah Divine is an Anthropology major who is spending her summer in Trinidad studying how racial self-identification is related to implicit attitudes about race in Trinidad. Ninah hopes to determine what racial biases are held by university students who identify as mixed, if these implicit attitudes are consistent with external behaviors, and how environmental circumstances influence the development of external racial identification. To follow Ninah's research and experience in Trinidad, read her blog!
  • Miranda Cawley is a Journalism major who is exploring water scarcity and community driven activism in Ecuador. Miranda will create a multimedia web documentary that records the fight for water rights in the Dulcepamba Watershed. She hopes to draw out lessons about the goals of sustainability initiatives that may help improve the implementation of renewable energy technology.
  • Mira Johnson is an International Studies and Political Science major studying the education reforms the Chilean government passed in 2014 and 2015. Mira wants to research whether constitutional change was instrumental in leading to the acceptance of the 2015 education reforms within congress. This summer, Mira will travel to Chile to conduct interviews before her fall study abroad program in Santiago, the IFSA-Butler Chilean Universities Program, where she plans to continue her research through a directed research project.