UTSA humanities students to receive unique research and graduate studies opportunities through newly funded program

UTSA humanities students to receive unique research and graduate studies opportunities through newly funded program

$500,000 grant will support research and graduate studies mentoring


(October 5, 2016) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has received a three-year, $500,000 grant from the prestigious Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to assist undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds in their research and in pursing graduate degrees in the humanities.

The UTSA Mellon Humanities Pathways program will provide 36 undergraduate students with exposure to humanities research methods, opportunities to participate in humanities research studies, professional development and mentoring that leads to doctoral studies in the humanities. Dr. Harriett Romo is the Principal Investigator for this grant.

The program, primarily housed in the UTSA Mexico Center and the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, will focus on research in literature, art, music, history, communications, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, and other humanities fields broadly defined.

“Our vision is to create a pipeline of talented humanities researchers who bring fresh ideas, approaches, and perspectives that address the issues and challenges of Latinos in a changing world,” said Harriett Romo, sociology professor and director of the UTSA Mexico Center and The Bank of America Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute. “Through this grant, talented UTSA undergraduates will take significant steps toward earning graduate degrees, mentored by world-class faculty members.”

Beginning in their junior year, undergraduate students will conduct collaborative humanities research to prepare them for graduate study, including participating in interdisciplinary seminars to improve research and writing skills. Fellows will participate in research apprenticeships with UTSA faculty mentors, visit Texas universities offering graduate programs in the humanities and participate in professionalization workshops at UTSA. During their senior year, fellows will get assistance from their mentors to apply for graduate humanities programs.

The first cohort of fellows will be selected in November 2016. Fellows chosen for the training program will receive a stipend and a small research fund to complete projects.

UTSA was selected for this competitive grant because of its commitment to students from underrepresented backgrounds. More than 58 percent of UTSA’s students come from backgrounds that are underrepresented in higher education and nearly half will be the first in their families to earn a college degree.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports a wide range of initiatives to strengthen the humanities, arts, higher education and cultural heritage.

- Kara Mireles

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