Liberal Arts Research Collaborative (LARC 2.0)
Official site: http://willamette.edu/cla/additional-academic-opportunities/larc
Campus Deadline: applications due the January prior to summer grant work
Summer Research Communities
The objectives of the Mellon-funded Liberal Arts Research Collaborative (LARC) Summer Research Communities are:
- to provide selected undergraduate students a collaborative research experience during the summer
- to support faculty scholarship by facilitating student-faculty collaboration
- to foster intellectual conversation across disciplinary and generational boundaries
- to generate best practices for collaborative faculty-student research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences
The program runs nine weeks. Faculty members and students receive stipends to support their work. Currently there is funding to provide support for approximately six faculty members and twelve students for each of the next three summers (beginning in the summer of 2015).
The centerpiece of the student experience is a stand-alone research project resulting in a substantial final product that reflects the student’s original work. Students will develop these projects in close consultation with a faculty mentor who will also devote the summer to research and reflection in an area topically, thematically, or methodologically related to the student project. Various concerns shared by the two projects will provide a context for discussion and greatly increase the opportunities for meaningful collaboration. While it is expected that each student’s work will contribute to his or her faculty mentor’s ongoing research project, student projects must also exhibit their own expressive, interpretive, and analytical independence. Thus, while the work of a LARC 2.0 student will be closely connected to the research project of his or her mentor, the student’s role will far exceed that of a traditional research assistant. LARC 2.0 students are expected to produce a substantial final project that satisfies the expectations of their chosen field of inquiry (i.e. a body of artistic work, a performance, a research paper, a web-based project, etc.) and deliver an oral presentation at an on-campus symposium in September.