The Geoffrion Family Fellowship is the highest honor awarded by the Humanities Center to an undergraduate. Up to six students are selected annually. They receive extraordinary opportunities to work one-on-one with faculty, interact with distinguished visiting writers and intellectuals, and develop advanced skills in research and public engagement.
The Geoffrion Family Undergraduate Fellows Program is connected to the annual Altman Program in the Humanities. It is open to outstanding Miami University undergraduates who seek an opportunity to explore advanced scholarship in the humanities. Geoffrion Fellows join the Altman faculty research community of eight to ten professors from a range of academic disciplines. This faculty group gathers to study an issue of consequence through a special faculty seminar and a series of public lectures, conferences, and other events. Two members of the faculty research group also teach a special 400-level course on the theme of the Altman Program.
The goal of the program is to offer ambitious undergraduates an opportunity to conduct independent inquiry, an introduction to research collaboration in the humanities, and a sense of what it is like to be a professor of history, philosophy, language, literature, or culture.
Geoffrion Undergraduate Fellows are sometimes invited to be guests in the Altman Faculty Research Seminar. They have opportunities to meet with distinguished visitors and on occasion interview or dine with them. Working closely with faculty fellows and the Altman Graduate Fellow, each Geoffrion Fellow develops an independent research project, a formal presentation of this project, and a collaborative public humanities project. Individual research projects may count for departmental honors or Honors Program credit. Collaborative public humanities projects can include a range of creative projects, including development of a website, blog, archive, podcast, or film; creation of press materials for conferences and visiting scholars; organization of a film series, book club, or community service project; or publication in a non-scholarly magazine or newsletter.
Geoffrion Undergraduate Fellows earn up to 6 credits: 3 in in the special, team-taught 400-level Altman course during fall, and 3 independent study credits in the spring. The 2021-2022 course will be offered as HUM 490 and will be awarded departmental credit in English and Global and Intercultural Studies. Please consult an advisor in those departments to determine what ENG and GIC requirements this course will fulfill.
The Geoffrion Undergraduate Fellowship includes a $250 award.
Applications are due by the date given on the Student Opportunities page.
To apply for a Geoffrion Family Undergraduate Fellowship (GUF), you must:
Submit your application to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline. Please type “GUF APPLICATION” in the subject line of your message. Your message should contain your application document in the form of a single PDF attachment named "[your last name] GUF Application.pdf."
Your single PDF document should contain the following:
** According to the National Foundation for the Arts and Humanities, “The humanities include, but are not limited to, the following fields: history, philosophy, languages, literature, linguistics, archeology, jurisprudence, history and criticism of the arts, ethics, comparative religion, and those aspects of the social sciences employing historical or philosophical approaches. This last category includes social and cultural anthropology, sociology, political theory, international relations, and other subjects concerned with questions of value.”