ALTMAN UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWS PROGRAM

The Altman Undergraduate Fellows Program is open to outstanding Miami University undergraduates who seek an opportunity to explore advanced scholarship in the humanities. Each year, five or six Altman Undergraduate Fellows join our Altman faculty research group—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 related to the topic of the Altman Program.  

The goal of the Altman Undergraduate Fellows Program is to give ambitious undergraduates an introduction to research collaboration in the humanities, an opportunity to conduct independent inquiry, and a sense of what it is like to be a professor of history, philosophy, language, literature, or culture. 


Program Benefits

Altman Undergraduate Fellows (AUFs) have frequent opportunities to meet with distinguished visitors and on occasion to interview them or dine with them.  They have opportunities for meals and other discussions with faculty and are sometimes invited to be guests in the Altman Faculty Research Seminar.  Working closely with Miami University faculty and the Altman Graduate Fellow, all AUFs develop 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 the creation 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.
 
Altman Undergraduate Fellows earn 6 credits: 3 in in the special, team-taught 400-level Altman course during fall, and 3 independent study credits in the spring.  Independent study credits can be taken in any humanities subject and the accompanying project can be supervised by any faculty member in the humanities.  In Fall 2017, the Altman coure is English 490/Spanish 420: "Urban Futures."  It will run Tuesday and Thursday from 1:15-2:35 p.m.  This is a special, one-time course.  You are welcome to take it whether or not you are an Altman Undergraduate Fellow.  
 
The Altman Undergraduate Fellowship includes a $250 award.

Eligibility

To be apply for an Altman Undergraduate Fellowship (AUF), you must:

  • Be a declared undergraduate humanities major[1] ready to engage in advanced study.  While there is no class standing requirement, most AUFs are juniors and seniors in the year of the fellowship.
  • Take the special Altman Undergraduate  Course in the fall semester of the program. AUFs are guaranteed a spot in the class, which is team-taught by the two Altman Faculty Fellows.
  • Join the Altman Faculty Seminar, when invited. The faculty seminar meets every 2-3 weeks.  (AUFs are invited to select seminars, depending on the goals of the faculty research group.
  • Be willing to undertake an independent research project and to collaborate on a public humanities project while involved in the group.  This work can take any number of forms and may be used to obtain credit toward any of the following: a major assignment in the Altman Undergraduate Course; an independent study; a departmental honors thesis; or Miami University Honors Program requirements. 
  • Attend major Altman Program events, such as conferences, and be willing to help with assist with routine organizational tasks during these events (e.g. setting up chairs).
  • Be enrolled at one of Miami's Ohio campuses for both semesters of the fellowship year.  (Study abroad students are not eligible)

Application

To apply, submit a letter of application to humanitiesgrants@miamioh.edu by midnight Sunday, March 5, 2017.  Please write “AUF APPLICATION” in the subject box of your message.  Your message should contain your application document in the form of a PDF attachment named "[yourlastname] AUF Application.pdf." 

Please also attach a current, unofficial transcript.  You can download a copy of your transcript for free from the registrar's website.  Please label it "[yourlastname] Transcript.pdf."

At the top of your application document, please list your name, major(s) and minor(s), current year at Miami, current class standing, and GPA.  

Please list the names and email addresses of two faculty members who are familiar with your work and who would be willing to talk to us about you, if asked.  You do not need to ask for letters of reference.  

Then, in no more than one single-spaced page, describe your interest in the program, your qualifications, and anything else that makes you a good candidate for inclusion in next year’s group.  You might, for example, discuss your scholarly interests and their relation to the annual theme of the Altman program, any prior research experience, your career goals, or your idea for an individual project tied to the annual theme.  We do not expect all applicants to have a firm plan of individual study formulated at this time; but strong applications suggest that the applicant has the experience and the capacity to do good work under the guidance of faculty. 

 

 

 

[1] 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.”

 

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