Undergraduate Summer Research Support

Summer Research Project Types

The HILL initiative supports two types of summer research projects with a stipend award amount of $4,500, which includes an allocation of $1,000 for housing, supplies for research, or conference travel.

Student/Faculty Collaborative Summer Research

This stipend will allow students with a newly developing interest in place-based learning to spend their summer collaborating with faculty on a project, campus initiative, or co-authored article.

Senior Integrated Project Summer Research

This stipend will allow students to design and conduct a research project on a theme or topic connected to location/dislocation for their required Senior Integrated Project in the Hub location. Students will submit a research proposal and a letter of recommendation from the student’s SIP advisor.


Recipients of these grants must spend a minimum of six weeks in the Hub Location and submit a research log at the beginning of Fall term. Additionally, recipients must present their research at the Social Justice Research Symposium in the Spring term and commit to produce materials for the HILL Digital Humanities Website.

Application Components

Applications must be received by Monday of 6th week and notifications of approval will be sent by Monday of 8th week. A completed application would include the following:

  • Completed application questionnaire on Hornet Passport
  • Research Rationale – 1,000 word statement in PDF format that addresses the following:
    • how your proposed project addresses social justice in conjunction with the themes of location and dislocation;
    • relevance of location site;
    • what will constitute data in your project* and how it will be gathered;
    • if your project includes human participants, you must discuss how you will gain access to them.
  • letter of support from your faculty co-researcher or SIP advisor

*NOTE: If your project requires IRB approval, a copy must be submitted before funds are disbursed.

People for Public Art Research Opportunities

For the summer 2023, People for Public Art has offered the following list of potential research opportunities. If you have further questions, please email Shanna.Salinas@kzoo.edu.

  • Research and make connections with former residents of the Lower Mid-City neighborhood of New Orleans. This would include scouring online city records, and requesting interviews with former Charity Hospital doctors and nurses who can now be found at University Medical Center.
  • Research case studies of AR applications in public art, and compile data on those leading in public AR
  • Building a database of historical content and stories that can be used in murals. This would hopefully be done in partnership with organizations like Ashe CAC, The Neighborhood Story Project and Paper Monuments.
  • Building a database of New Orleans muralists, painters, and illustrators who would like to be involved in public art projects, so the public can navigate when proposing community projects and request their favorite artists
  • Building up PFPA’s website and social media to be more interactive, informative, and receptive to community needs. Make resources available to artists such as current copyright laws, contract templates, and code of ethics
  • Research statistics on the most effective public art projects that have affected change in neighborhoods
  • Create protocols for digital and in-person public art brainstorming forum