College of Arts & Science

for STUDENTS

The Path to Research in the Humanities

Each year, the Humanities Center helps undergraduates get started with independent research. Path to Research sessions cover the nature of humanities research; benefits for career and graduate school; how to get started and be successful; how to win funding for your project; and how to take advantage of numerous Humanities Center programs (including workshops, fellowships, and apprenticeships) to support you in your research journey. Sessions in 2018 are scheduled for September 12, 2018 and November 5, 2018 at 5pm with more information forthcoming.

Geoffrion Family Student Fellowships

The Geoffrion Family Student Fellowships are available to outstanding Miami students who seek an opportunity to explore collaborative, interdisciplinary scholarship in the humanities and a sense of what it is like to be a professor of history, philosophy, language, literature, or culture.  Each year, five or six undergraduates and one or two graduate students join the Altman faculty in aims of furthering academic discussion around the current Altman Program topic. Student fellows will attend public lectures, seminars, and other events in addition to completing both independent and collaborative research projects. Applications are due March 3, 2019

Altman Graduate Fellowship

The Altman Graduate Fellowship is available to an outstanding Miami graduate student who seeks the opportunity to explore collaborative, interdisciplinary scholarship in the humanities and a sense of what it is like to be a professor of history, philosophy, language, literature, or culture.  Each year one or two graduate students join the Altman faculty in aims of furthering academic discussion around the current Altman Program topic. Student fellows will attend public lectures, seminars, and other events in addition to completing both independent and collaborative research projects. Applications are due March 3, 2019

Research Apprenticeship Program

Each year this program places outstanding students and faculty in mutually beneficial collaborations aimed at advancing faculty research. Apprentices develop one-on-one relationships with faculty and gain valuable experience in humanities research. Students are invited to apply directly to faculty members as research apprenticeships become available.

Undergraduate Research Methods Workshop

This two-week free workshop offered over J-Term introduces undergraduate students to best research practices in major disciplinary traditions. It includes visits by faculty in various humanities fields. Each student will prepare a formal research proposal for a University Summer Scholarship, a Dean's Scholarship, or an honors thesis. This year's workshop begins January 14, 2019.

Humanities Summer Research Institute

The Humanities Research Institute brings together a senior professor and up to 12 undergraduate researchers for collaboration, feedback, workshopping, and camaraderie ensure that students are making progress on the plans faculty supervisors have developed for their research. This year's workshop will begin in May 2018.

Humanities BRIDGES Program

Each fall, the Humanities Center offers special classes for visiting high school students from Ohio and around the nation as part of Miami University's Bridges Program.

Humanities Scholars

Humanities Scholars with science journalist Sonia Shah

Each year, the Humanities Center invites a select group of new Miami University students to join its University Academic Scholars Program. Students are selected on the basis of their accomplishments in high school and their interest in exploring the power of history, languages, literature, film, civics, philosophy, religion and the arts. Humanities Scholars are invited into a first-year seminar connected to our signature intellectual program, the John W. Altman Series. Each year, this program fosters inquiry about a different issue of major public consequence. The program involves a campus-wide collaboration of faculty, students, and several internationally distinguished visiting scholars.

The Humanities Scholars program does not require a humanities major, only a conviction that the humanities subjects foster creativity, critical problem-solving, and an appreciation of human commonalities and differences. Democratic society relies fundamentally on the humanities. Good citizens must be historically and culturally literate, and a healthy democracy requires leaders who understand the history, human experience, and potential consequences of our rapidly changing and increasingly interconnected world.  

The Humanities Scholars program offers students opportunities to move rapidly into individual research projects—a relatively rare undergraduate achievement that is highly prized by both employers and graduate admissions boards. Yet the goal of this experience is not necessarily graduate school; Humanities Scholars train for a broad range of professions. A large body of research now shows that humanities majors enjoy an unusual diversity of careers, are exceptionally happy in their jobs, and outperform most of their peers on graduate admissions (including admission to medical and law schools).

Current Humanities Scholars

Abigail Kemper
Abigail Wenger
Abigail Williams
Alexander Head
Alexandra Grana
Alexis Metz
Allison Lovejoy
Andrew Bollinger
Angela Day
Anna Eyre
Anna Jankovsky
Anna Maltbie
Anne Campion
Autumn Harriger
Ava Lunder
Blake Taylor
Brianne Moore
Brittany Hochstetler
Caitlin Bradford
Carmen Hamm
Caroline Sausser
Cassidy Valerius
Cecilia Burtis
Charles Naus
Chase Bailey
Ellen Stenstrom
Emily Erdmann
Emily Hummels
Emily Ward
Emma Karrenbauer
Faith Walker
Gabriel Simpatico
Hannah Alt
Hannah Peffly
Isabella Bocija
Jacob Kreger
Jacob Szulewski
James West
Jason Cook
Jennifer Orr
Jessi Wright
Kaila Sansom
Katharine Gordon
Katherine Rogers
Katherine Schmidt
Katie Hinh
Kaylee Hopkins
Kendall Mason
Kinsey Cantrell
Kylea Royal
Lilia Bandola
Mackenzie Solomon
Madeline Shultz
Madilyn Moeller
Madison Braun
Maggie Laing
Mary Lane
Mary Seaman
Matthew Stevens
Mckenzie Howell
Meghan Brandabur
Nathan Schwarz
Neal Hawkins
Nicholas Mohr
Nicole Schapker
Oliver Greive
Rachael Sorcher
Rachel Strohl
Rebeca Garcia De Jesus
Samantha Halligan
Samantha Shetterly
Samuel Keeling
Sara Carnahan
Sarah Berg
Sarah Camino
Sarah Childs
Sarah Gaddy
Sarah Siegel
Shelby Frye
Taryn Loo
Timothy Ries

Opportunities for Humanities Students