In order to promote academic achievement and independent research, the Italian Department offers one Undergraduate Research Fellowship of $ 2,000 to allow students to devote time to the research leading to their Senior Honors Thesis.
Students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher are invited to write a Senior Honors Thesis and to compete for the Undergraduate Research Fellowship in the Spring of their Junior Year.
The Fellowship allows the successful candidate to pursue an academic project of particular interest, conduct research while studying abroad, and develop the project in a Senior Honors Thesis.
The application requires the submission of a 1000-word, well-written essay describing the research project, its significance in relation to the academic field, and its role in the student’s long-range intellectual goals. Applicants must also submit a realistic, detailed timeline for the project, an itemized budget, and a working bibliography.
The proposal will be assessed on the basis of the originality of the project, evidence of research on the topic, and seriousness of purpose. Applications are usually due by April 15 and results are announced by April 30. By August 30, the recipient must submit a three-page report, which will be reviewed by the Department. He or she will work with a faculty mentor and submit the Senior Honors Thesis to the Department according to the proposed timeline.