Humanities Scholars Award

The UROP Humanities Scholars Award provides a student stipend and supplies/travel support and research funding to their faculty mentors. During the academic year, the award provides an $1,100 student stipend for 10 hours of research per week and up to $250 for supplies/travel to the student. The award also provides $250 to the awarded student’s faculty mentor for research/travel.

During the summer students can apply for a $2,200 stipend for 20 hours of research per week or a $4,400 stipend for 40 hours of research per week. The award provides up to $1,000 to the student’s faculty mentor for research supplies/travel and $500 to the student for supplies/travel.

The award is available to students conducting research with faculty mentors in the following departments:

  • African American Studies
  • American & New England Studies
  • Cinema & Media Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • Core Curriculum
  • English
  • History
  • History of Art & Architecture
  • Humanities (CGS)
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • Romance Studies
  • Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
  • World Languages & Literature

Note – Applications for Humanities Scholars Awards will also be considered from students working with faculty from outside these departments and programs provided that the research falls within a humanities discipline. Applicants are encouraged to get prior approval of their project’s scope by contacting UROP at least one week prior to the application deadline.

Application Information

Complete applications will include a standard UROP Application Form (please select the option to indicate that you are applying for the Humanities Scholars Award) and a faculty recommendation letter.

Summer 2019 Extended Application Deadline: May 1, 2019

The summer 2019 UROP application deadline has been extended to May 1 for students applying for a Humanities Scholars Award. Students are still required to complete the standard UROP application and receive a letter of recommendation from their faculty mentor. Applications for funding will be evaluated on a rolling basis through May 1.

Summer 2018 Awardees:

Cunningham Skovran Cunningham
, an English major, is working with Dr. Christopher Maurer (CAS Romance Languages) on a project entitled “Revising Professor Maurer’s Translation of Federico Garcia Lorca’s “In search of Duende” and Researching Jose Moreno Villa’s relationship with Florence Louchheim.”

Driben Brett Driben, an English major, is working with Dr. Anna Henchman (CAS English) on a project entitled “Space-time and The Role of the Reader in Comics Panels.”

Fisher Benjamin Fisher, a History major, is working with Dr. Phil Haberkern (CAS History) on a project entitled “Analyzing Bethlehem Steel’s Role in Shaping the Social Framework of the Lehigh Valley Throughout Its History.”

Gagne Samantha Gagne, a History major, is working with Dr. Nina Silber (CAS History) on a project entitled “Perceptions of Mary Todd Lincoln: How the Controversial First Lady Contributed to the Conversation of Mental Health.

Ganem Elias Ganem, a Linguistics major, is working with Dr. Elizabeth Coppock (Linguistics) on a project entitled “Fragile Superlatives in Swedish and Greek.

Hart ThompsonHailey Hart-Thompson is working with Dr. Zsuzsanna Varhelyi (Classical Studies) on a project entitled “The Happiness Capacity: Utilizing Literary Narratives and Themes within Mythological and Historical Tradition, Research Intersections Between Case Studies of Current Human Experiences, Contemporary and Ancient Philosophy, and Ideals of “Happiness”.

Kotsalidis Elisabeth Kotsalidis, a Classical Studies major, is working with Dr. Alexander Nikolaev (CAS Classical Studies) on a project entitled “An Investigation into Greek Etymology: Lexical Borrowings from Anatolia.”

LaGreca Carson LaGreca, an English major, is working with Dr. Jonathan Foltz (CAS English) on a project entitled “Cinematic Adaptation as the Crisis of Narrative Authority.”

Lewry Casey Lewry, a Philosophy major, is working with Dr. Benjamin Crowe (CAS Philosophy) on a project entitled “The Role of Intuition in Moral Decision-Making.”

Lipset Orly Lipset, an English major, is working with Dr. Sanjay Krishnan (CAS English) on a project entitled “The Colonial Beasts of Britain.”



Daria Lugina, an English major, is working with Dr. Anna Henchman (CAS English) on a project entitled “Far from the Madding Crowd: Narrative Voice and Gender Construction through Language.”


PoeAudrey Poe, an English major, is working with Dr. Takeo Rivera (CAS English) on a project entitled “Silence as Agency in Asian-American Literature: Rejecting the Western Notion of Voice as the Only Means to Power.”

Pompay Chance Pompay, an Archaeology major, is working with Dr. Stephen Scully (CAS Classics) on a project entitled “Discovering the Correspondence between Roman Aristocratic Agricultural Literature and Physical Villa Construction and Design at the Villa di Vacone.”

Stroinski Anna Stroinski, a History major, is working with Dr. Sarah Phillips (CAS History) on a project entitled “Making a Radical: Labor, Ideologies, and the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike.”

Sunucu Ata Sunucu, a Comparative Literature major, is working with Dr. William Waters (CAS World Languages and Literatures) on a project entitled “Markers of Loss: The Generative Force of Absence In Rilke’s Poetry and Art Criticism.”

Werner Madeleine Werner, a History major, is working with Dr. Laurence Breiner (CAS English) on a project entitled “How is Gender Represented in Diasporic Theatre from African, Caribbean, and African American Contexts?”

Previous Awardees

  • Spring 2018: Nikta Khani, Greg McKnight, and Rachel Molenaar.
  • Fall 2017: Shivani Singh, Sterling Gingerich, and Maria Ren.
  • Summer 2017: Vanika Achreja, Brett Driben, Bridget Girnus, Gregory Kerr, Morgan Lehofer, Alicia Rosenthal, and Kelly Tapager.
  • Spring 2017: Brett Driben, Cheryl Gartsbeyn, Madeline Howard, Gregory Kerr, Melinda Reyes, and Shivani Singh.
  • Fall 2016: Cheryl Gartsbeyn, Maya Kammourieh, and Adrienne Rube6.