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 2017 were September 13 and November 6 at 5 p.m with session dates for Fall 2018 forthcoming.
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 4, 2018.
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 4, 2018.
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.
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.
The Humanities Research Institute brings together a senior professor and up to 12 undergraduate researchers for collaboration, feedback, workshopping, and camaradiaand 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.
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).