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Humanities Research Institute

The Humanities Research Institute is a unique research immersion opportunity for select Marymount undergraduates during the summer months. The Institute is a project of Marymount’s DISCOVER program.

How does it work?

Four or more students will be selected as Institute Scholars. Each will be awarded a $1,000 stipend and a grant for room and board, or a dining hall pass for commuter students, in order to be at Marymount's campus from approximately May 20 to June 21, 2019 to participate in this institute.

Institute Format

The Institute consists of two components: a weekly seminar and a research project. Participants in the institute meet once or twice weekly for five to six weeks. During the seminar, student scholars along with faculty mentors and occasional guests explore the Institute's theme through literature, history, philosophy, theology, and the visual and performing arts. In parallel with the seminar, scholars also develop a plan for further research on a topic related to the Institute theme with support from faculty mentors. During the following academic year, scholars share the results of their research at a suitable forum for presentation.

Theme for 2019 to be announced in early March, 2019.

Participants in the Insitute will also attend several off campus events that take advantage of the cultural offerings of the greater Washington, DC, area.

Can I participate?

This Institute is open to any student who wishes to be part of a small community of scholars pursuing research in the humanities. You do not have to major in a humanities discipline to participate. However, your application should demonstrate your potential to enage successfully with intermediate to advanced level content from the humanities disciplines through your previous coursework and your faculty recommendation letter.

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What is the time period of the Institute?

The Institute runs from May 21 through June 23. The seminar will meet twice a week (at a time TBA during the mid morning or early afternoon) for 2 to 3 hours. Scholars will also participate in events that take advantage of the resources of our nation's capital area. Some events may be scheduled during evening hours, including Fridays or on weekends.

What do scholars get?

Each scholar is awarded a summer research grant, which includes a $1,000 stipend, plus either room and board to cover residency in Marymount University housing from May 21 to June 23, or a commuter meal pass to support commuters' time on campus. 

Can I get course credit for the Institute?

Not during the Summer Institute. However, you will walk away from the Institute with a research proposal that would be an excellent preparation for further research in an independent study course, an honors tutorial, a senior thesis, or another research opportunity for credit.

Can I do other things during the Institute, like an internship or course?

Ideally, Summer Scholars should be able to immerse themselves fully in the life of the mind offered during the Humanities Research Institute. Nevertheless, some students will want or need to maintain part-time employment, pursue other coursework, or do a summer internship. If that is the case, you will need to make the Institute your first priority, and demonstrate in your application that your schedule has the flexibility needed for you to attend all Institute sessions and events, and that you have the ability and maturity needed to balance your other obligations with self-directed research.

Do I need to have a specific research question in order to apply?

No. If you already have research plans related to the seminar topic, articulating your thoughts on how you might pursue these interests will be helpful in evaluating your ability to take full advantage of the Institute. However, the seminar is intended to open new horizons for thought and research on the common theme, and all participants are expected to produce a proposal for further research, as well as to participate in sharing the results of the seminar experience in a suitable forum to be determined at some point during the following academic year.