The Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies discipline encourages and supports internships, honors work, and individualized directed study. Independent investigation is a crucial part of the GWSS curriculum. In their scholarship, GWSS students engage critically with theoretical and practical models from across the disciplines, using diverse methodologies and critical paradigms.
One of the features of the program is the capstone, which includes an independent paper presented to colleagues. In GWSS the capstone is more than a research project; it’s an opportunity for students to review the work done over the course of study, and reflect on their experience. In accord with the principles of the Discipline, students consider how their work and study has changed them, think about what they see differently, and about the legacy they leave.
It is also an important way for students to provide feedback to the Discipline about what worked, what didn’t, and what changes could benefit students that follow them. This is a contributions that students take seriously, and that has led to important innovations that have benefitted students and helped shape the program as a whole.
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). Faculty research funding obtained independently via grants or from other awards may also create paid positions for students to assist in research projects.