Humanities Scholars Award

The UROP Humanities Scholars Award provides a student with stipend and supplies/travel support and research funding to their faculty mentor.

During the summer students can apply for a $2,850 stipend for 20 hours of research per week, a $4,275 stipend for 30 hours/week, or a $5,700 stipend for 40 hours/week. The award provides $250 to the student’s faculty mentor for research supplies/travel and $250 to the student for supplies/travel.

The Humanities Scholars Award is only offered during the summer. Students who have previously received UROP funding are not eligible to apply for an HSA.

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.

Students conducting research in the humanities are welcome and encouraged to apply for UROP funding during standard application deadlines for a stipend or supplies award. 

Summer 2021 HSA Application

Application Information

Complete applications will include an Application Form (button above) and a faculty recommendation letter.

Summer 2022 Extended Application Deadline: May 2, 2022 by noon

The summer 2022 UROP application deadline is May 2 by noon for students applying for a Humanities Scholars Award. Only students who have not previously received UROP funding are eligible to apply with the extended deadline. Students who have previously received UROP funding must submit their application by the regular application deadline of March 2, 2022 by noon. Students are still required to complete the standard UROP application and receive a letter of recommendation from their faculty mentor also due by noon on May 2. 

Summer 2021 Awardees:

Sophia Alvarado, an International Relations major, is conducting research with Dr. Jeremy Menchik (CAS International Relations) on a project titled “White Identity in US Legal Institutions.”

Morgan Clark, a Communication major, is conducting research with Dr. Jane Rayburn (COM Mass Communication, Advertising & Public Relations) on a project titled “From the Net to the Met: Reducing the Barrier to Arts Engagement Through TikTok.”

Maximillian Dahlstrom, a Philosophy major, is conducting research with Dr. Allen Speight (CAS Philosophy) on a project titled “French Critical Appropriations of Nietzsche: Deleuze and Foucault.”

Luca Del Deo, a Religion major, is conducting research with Dr. Deeana Klepper (CAS Religion and History) on a project titled “Subconscious Agency Creation as a Cognitive Model for Experiences of Anthropomorphism in Religion: Developing a New Topic in The Cognitive Science of Religion.”

Alexandra Denker, a Religion major, is conducting research with Dr. David Frankfurter (CAS Religion) on a project titled “Varieties of Early Religious Sexuality.”

Magdalene Farren, an English major, is conducting research with Dr. Anita Patterson (CAS English) on a project titled “Richard Wright and James Baldwin: The Role of the Black American Writer.”

Max Ferrandino, a Political Science major, is conducting research with Dr. Allen Speight (CAS Philosophy) on a project titled “My project title is “Life: Philosophical Themes of Life, Biology, Free Will, and Life After Death in NBC’s “The Good Place”.”

Katherine Fraser, a Linguistics major, is conducting research with Dr. Charles Chang (CAS Linguistics) on a project titled “Listener Perception and Identification of Asian American Speech.”

Charlotte Greenhill, a Latin American Studies major, is conducting research with Dr. Kaitlyn Eldred (SAR Health Science) on a project titled ““This is Intersectionality: An Illustrative Book” – Working Title.”

Olivia Hammond, an Art History major, is conducting research with Dr. Deborah Kahn (CAS History of Art & Architecture) on a project titled “Introduction of Persecution of the ‘Other:’ European Stone Building and the Rise of Racist Propaganda.”

Deidra Hoyt, an English major, is conducting research with Dr. Maria Datel (CAS Romance Studies) on a project titled “The Mexican Imagination: portrayal and construction of the Aztec and Mayan civilizations in modern Mexican literature.”

Noah Kunkel-Smith, a History major, is conducting research with Dr. Phillip Haberkern (CAS History) on a project titled “A Pious Passion: The Development and Impact of Popular Education in Seventeenth Century & Eighteenth Century Prussia.”

Jieyu Liu, a Religion major, is conducting research with Dr. April Hughes (CAS Department of Religion) on a project titled “Video Games as Religion: How Players’ Avatars in Buddhist-based Games Create Virtual Religious Practices and Real Religious Communities.”

Lincoln MacVeagh, a History major, is conducting research with Dr. Deeana Klepper (CAS History) on a project titled “Where Religions Meet: Place and Information Exchange Between Islam and Christianity.”

David Malkin, a History major, is conducting research with Dr. Andrew Robichaud (CAS History) on a project titled “A Cultural History of the American Strip Mall.”

Alexandra Mascarello, an independent major, is conducting research with Dr. Kyna Hamill (CAS Core) on a project titled “In Defense of the Humanities.”

Caitlin Meyer, an International Relations major, is conducting research with Dr. Jayita Sarkar (CAS International Relations) on a project titled “Environmental Remediation of the Marshall Islands’ Nuclear Past.”

Moriah Mikhail, an International Relations major, is conducting research with Dr. Margaret Litvin (CAS World Languages and Literature) on a project titled “Gender and Statelessness in Palestinian Resistance Literature.”

Cristina Morrison, a Political Science major, is conducting research with Dr. Jayita Sarkar (Other International Relations, Pardee School of Global Studies) on a project titled “Race and Radioactivity: Analyzing the Enduring Impact of New Mexico’s Nuclear Legacy.”

Maria Osipovich, a Spanish & Linguistics major, is conducting research with Dr. James Iffland (CAS Romance Studies) on a project titled “The Social Destiny of Don Quijote through Literary Translation and Abbreviation.”

Sydney Pickering, a Political Science major, is conducting research with Dr. Sandra McEvoy (CAS Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies/Political Science) on a project titled “The Gendering of Professional Military Education (PME) in the United States.”

Nicholas Rowe, an Architectural Studies major, is conducting research with Dr. Haenraets Jan (CAS History of Art and Architecture) on a project titled “Continued Mapping of the Mughal Gardens of Kashmir In Light of New Textual Findings.”

Jiayi Wang, a Japanese Language & Literature major, is conducting research with Dr. Sarah Frederick (CAS Japanese Language & Literature) on a project titled “Mapping Hyakunin Isshu: One Hundred Poems, One Hundred Places.”

Carolyn Welter, a History major, is conducting research with Dr. Phillip Haberkern (CAS History) on a project titled “Senior Honors Thesis: Reconstructing the Past in Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s “Assassins” and “Pacific Overtures.”

Sophia Yakumithis, a History major, is conducting research with Dr. Charles Dellheim (CAS History) on a project titled “Establishing Prestige: Dutch Golden Age Art in the Modern American Museum.”

Jintao Zhai, a History major, is conducting research with Dr. Eugenio Menegon (CAS History) on a project titled “Images and Press: The Catholic Mission in Western Hunan (1921-1951) in the U.S. Passionist Archives. Creating and Mining Metadata from Photographs, Sacramental Ledgers, and Magazines for the Boston University China Historical Christian Database (1550-1950).”

Previous Awardees

  • Summer 2020: Kaasinath Balagurunath, Jack Beck, Claire-Solene Becka, Marion Cassidy, Aidan Chaffin, Laurel Clark, Jiangnan Fang, Sarah Feather, Julia Furmanek, Andrea Gomez, Elizabeth Guerrero, Katarzyna Jezak, Tomiris Kaumenova, Veronica Kelly, Shuangyu Liang, Clay McDermott, Rona Moriah, Leela Munsiff, Emma Nix, Sabine Ollivier Yamin, William Santarsiero, Guillermo Socorro, Andrea Wetzler, Robert Wright, and Xincheng Zhou
  • Summer 2019: Katharine Draisen, Jiangnan Fang, Caitlin Fisher, Matthew Gorab, Victoria Hempstead, Helen Houghton, Erin Kahaly, Kevin Kelly, Rachel Kubrick, Tess LaValley, Gabriella Messina, Conor Mooney, Isha Pawar, Darian Radzikowski, Hannah Rafferty, Lolo Serrano, Eleni Spiru, Ryan Stagg, Andrea Wolfson, Lila Wright, and Yingshihan Zhu.
  • Spring 2019: Lee-Or Bentovim
  • Fall 2018: Cadence Seeger, Pamela Sugrue, Hailey Hart-Thompson, Zahra Thani, Madeleine Werner
  • Summer 2018: Skovran Cunningham, Brett Driben, Benjamin Fisher, Samantha Gagne, Elias Gagne, Hailey Hart – Thompson, Elisabeth Kotsalidis, Carsen LaGreca, Casey Lewry, Orly Lipset, Daria Lugina, Audrey Poe, Chance Pompay, Anna Stroinski, Ata Sunucu, Madeleine Werner
  • 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.