In the American Indian Studies Discipline at Morris, the faculty are dedicated to working closely with students in their research, and helping students craft compelling and rewarding projects. At Morris, students also often assist faculty members with their ongoing research to gain valuable experience in the field.
The capstone course, in which students put together the knowledge and skills they have developed over the course of their study, is a major research project written in consultation with a faculty advisor. It gives students the chance as well to explore new ideas and take on subjects of interest not covered in their curriculum. Students get to present these projects to the Morris community at the end of the course.
In addition to research opportunities, there are several important internships that students in the American Indian Studies Discipline may wish to apply for.
- National Museum of the American Indian Internship. A learning opportunity for undergraduate or graduate students in museum practice, program development, guided work, and research using Smithsonian/NMAI resources.
- George Washington University’s Native American Political Leadership Program. Provides hands-on internship experience and coursework. Includes tuition, fees, room, board, and books.
- The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program. This opportunity is for college seniors and recent college graduates who have a strong interest in addressing racial and ethnic health disparities, or who are themselves a member of a population that is adversely affected by racial and ethnic health disparities.
Financial support for student research is available through many venues. University funding opportunities are consolidated by the Academic Center for Enrichment (ACE). One example is the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), a University-wide program which provides academically talented students the opportunity to earn up to $1,400 assisting faculty with scholarly and creative projects
Another, the Morris Academic Partners program (MAP), is unique to the Morris campus and provides paid research partnerships to academically talented, qualified third-year students. The standard stipend is $2,000. The Multi-Ethnic Mentorship Program (MMP) affords students of color the opportunity to receive a $2,000 stipend for working with faculty or staff on year-long projects.
Student work at Morris has also been funded by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and the Community Assistance Program (CAP). [LINK: http://www.cura.umn.edu/CAP] Faculty research funding obtained independently via grants or from other awards may also create paid positions for students to assist in research projects.
The American Indian Legacy Scholarship provides funding to American Indian students who are enrolled or eligible to enroll as tribal members. The funds can be used for education-related expenses like room and board and other fees, but also may include books, research, conference, and travel opportunities related to the student’s education.