The Undergraduate Research Center for the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences serves all students in humanities, arts, social science, and behavioral science disciplines. We invite you to explore our website or drop by our office (A334 Murphy Hall) to find out more about our programs and services. We look forward to meeting you!
Why Do Research?
Conducting research as an undergraduate is an excellent way to gain experiences and skills that will benefit you both academically and professionally. In addition to providing an opportunity to explore your areas of interest in depth, undergraduate research encourages you to develop skills in collaborative learning and critical thinking. For students interested in pursuing graduate school, undergraduate research is a way of expanding your education outside of the classroom and preparing yourself for the rigors of graduate study. Even if you are unsure about graduate studies, conducting undergraduate research is a great way to develop skills that are useful for a variety of careers, as well as to test the suitability of a research-oriented career to your interests.
Apply to the Summer Humanities Scholars Program!
The Summer Humanities Scholars program (June 22–August 28) is for rising UCLA juniors and seniors who have a strong commitment to research in the humanities and who are completing a comprehensive research project (or working on a departmental honors thesis) with a faculty mentor in summer 2015.
Summer Humanities Scholars:
Receive a $3,000 scholarship
Enroll in an SRP 99 research course (2 units) with their faculty mentor for 10 weeks: June 22–August 28. (Please note: there is no charge for SRP 99 units in summer. However, there is a one-time $65 fee to enroll in one or more Summer Sessions courses. If students are already enrolled in other Summer Sessions courses, the fee will have already been charged.)
Attend an orientation, weekly workshops, and individual meetings with the program staff and graduate mentor. The weekly workshops expose students to various humanities disciplines and methodologies, as well as provide training in scholarly communications (writing abstracts, presenting at conferences, publishing) and professionalism (crafting CVs or resumes, preparing for careers and/or graduate school).
Present their research at a Summer Humanities Scholars colloquium
Submit a research paper at the end of the program
Summer Humanities Scholars eligibility:
Rising UCLA juniors or seniors (students who will have junior- or senior-level standing for fall 2015). Seniors who graduate in spring or summer 2015 are ineligible.
3.0 GPA or higher
Commitment to working on a research project with a faculty mentor, as well as attending all program workshops and meetings
Superb scholarly promise in a major in one of the following disciplinary areas: Art History, Asian Languages and Cultures, Classics, Comparative Literature, English, French and Francophone Studies, Germanic Languages, Italian, Indo-European Studies, LGBT Studies, Linguistics, Musicology, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Philosophy, Religion, Scandinavian Languages and Cultures, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Spanish and Portuguese
A faculty mentor in one of the following fields: Art History, Asian Languages and Cultures, Classics, Comparative Literature, Digital Humanities, English, French and Francophone Studies, Germanic Languages, Italian, Indo-European Studies, LGBT Studies, Linguistics, Musicology, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Philosophy, Religion, Scandinavian Section, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Spanish and Portuguese. Please note: students are responsible for finding a faculty mentor for summer 2015, and this faculty mentor should submit a letter of recommendation as part of the program application.
International students and AB540 students are eligible
How to Apply
Application Deadline: Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 11:59pm
Letter of recommendation from your faculty mentor. Be sure to provide your faculty mentor with the Letter of Recommendation Form. If you have any questions about finding a faculty mentor, please contact the Undergraduate Research Center.
Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. All materials must be submitted by the Sunday, May 17 deadline. Applicants will be notified by May 25. Please contact the Undergraduate Research Center with any questions!