Research and study abroad go hand-in-hand for anthropology majors. Since anthropologists often specialize in one or more geographic areas of the world (such as Latin America, the West Indies, or Eastern Europe), on-site research and fieldwork are vital components of the discipline. To this end, students have joined faculty on research trips to New Zealand, Portugal, and Mexico, to assist on archaeological excavations or perform ethnographic research. Morris anthropology students have participated in far-reaching activities, such as engaging with the Landless Workers’ Movement community in Brazil, volunteering at a home for women who are victims of domestic violence in Guatemala, studying primates in Costa Rica and Uganda, working with political prisoners in Mexico, assisting with field research in Costa Rica, and performing internships at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.
Financial support for student research is available through several 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). Faculty research funding obtained independently via grants or from other awards may also create paid positions for students to assist in research projects. The National Science Foundation(NSF) provides a wealth of grant possibilities to help undergraduate students pursue independent research or to assist with ongoing research projects as an intern or paid assistant.