January 13, 2020

Six CURE grants, three Regional Research Project grants, and a new Humanities Lab grant awarded

Starting as early as this spring semester, a greater number of students will have additional choices when selecting courses that will allow them to develop academic research skills through working on faculty research projects. After attending the November Council for Undergraduate Research Institute, a workshop that was geared toward helping interested Trinity arts and humanities faculty embed high-impact research experiences in their lower-division courses, six faculty were awarded a CURE Development Grant. Aaron Delwiche (Communications) is currently offering two sections of “Media Texts” that include opportunities for students to participate in Delwiche’s existing research. Angela Tarango is teaching her redeveloped “Religion in the U.S” course this semester as well. The other four redesiged courses will launch this fall: “U.S. History Through Reconstruction” (Erin Kramer, History),  “Slavery: A History” (Anene Ejikeme, History), “Introduction to Anthropology” (Alfred Montoya, Anthropology), and “Classical Traditions in Science Fiction” (Ben Stevens, Classics).


The Mellon Steering Committee also reviewed three new proposals for regionally focused research projects that include opportunities for undergraduate participation in original research. All proposals were accepted, and Regional Research Development Grants were awarded to:


  • Jennifer Henderson (Communications) for Emma Tenayuca and the Language of Protest in South Texas. Students will learn how to conduct in-depth research at various Austin and San Antonio archives and how to take that research and prepare it for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.  

  • Amy Stone (Sociology and Anthropology) for A Dynamic Understanding Family and Mental Health for San Antonio (and surrounding counties) LGBTQ Youth. This is planned as a three-year study during which students will learn how to conduct interviews and focus groups, as well as how to be culturally competent with LGBTQ youth.    

  • Kathryn Vomero Santos (English) for Shakespeare in the Borderlands. Students will learn different types of archival and secondary research, as well as conduct interviews and generate an annotated bibliography of historical studies. 


Finally, due to the efforts of a team of four faculty, a new humanities lab, the third of its kind at Trinity, is forthcoming in the fall of 2020. Lauren Turek (History), Sarah Beth Kaufman (Sociology), Habiba Noor (FYE) and Norma Cantu (MLL) applied for and were awarded a Humanities Lab Development Grant to create and run a “Story Lab for the Public Humanities,” which will give students the opportunity to immerse themselves in story-telling research and to learn how to listen to, learn from, and disseminate human experiences through story-telling. One of the first projects students will be able to participate in as part of this course are the current Trinity Roots Commission research, as well as a new study documenting the experiences of the Sikh community in San Antonio.  


Congratulations to all grant recipients!  


New grant proposals can be submitted during the 2020 Fall Semester. Deadlines and applications will be posted in the summer.