Student Research


Latin American Studies Research Award

Established in 2000 by the Latin American Studies Committee, and funded by the office of the Dean for Academic Affairs, the LAS Research Award Program supports student research in Mexico, Central or South America, the Caribbean, or on Latinos and Latinas in the United States. The awards are intended to increase understanding and awareness of the region among sophomores and juniors majoring in any academic discipline. The on-site research can be conducted after July 1 during the summer months, between semesters, or to extend off-campus study experiences. Funds are available for travel, room and board, and research expenses up to a maximum of $4000.

To apply for a Latin American Studies Research Award, click here >

You may read previous grant awardees’ reports here >

2016 Recipients

This year Latin American Studies Research Awards were given to Preston Thomas (2017) and Naomi Jabouin (2018).

Preston ThomasNaomi Jabouin Preston’s project, “Inclusion and Exclusion in Visual Art and Advertisements: The Racialization in Puerto Rico's Cultural Sphere”, will send Preston to San Juan under the mentorship of Professor Krista VanVleet.

Naomi’s project, “The Arts in Martinique: The Study of the Issues of Identity Formation and Manifestation in the French Carribean through the Visual Arts”, will be researched over the summer in Martinique under the mentorship of Professor Hanétha Vété-Congolo.


2015 Recipients

Bill  De La Rosa  (2016) conducted research in Nogales, Mexico under the mentorship of Professor Marcos Lopez (Sociology).  Bill's project is entitled, “Undocumented Migrant Strategies for Navigating the Arizona-Sonora Border”.  

Sarah Levy  (2016) conducted research in Shiripuno, Ecuador under the mentorship of Professors Krista VanVleet (Sociology) and Carolyn Wolfenzon (Hispanic Studies).  Sarah's project is entitled, " Models of Masculinity: Socialization of Young Boys in the Andean Region”.

The John Harold Turner Prize in Latin American Studies

Named after Professor Emeritus John H. Turner, this prize is awarded to a graduating Latin American Studies  major who, in the judgment of the Program's Faculty, has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement

based on coursework in the major, as indicated by academic record, and/or independent research in an Honors Project or Independent Study.

In 2016 the John Harold Turner Senior Prize in Latin American Studies was awarded to Miguel Aviles and Sarah Levy

2016 Prize recipients

LAS Award for Public Engagement

Established in 2016, this prize is awarded to a junior or senior, majoring in any discipline, who has contributed to the recognition and understanding of Latin America, the Caribbean, or the Latin American or Caribbean diasporas through exemplary public engagement, meaningful community service, and/or efforts in public education, intersecting, to the extent possible, with his/her academic studies.

Candidates can be self-nominated or nominated by any faculty member.  Candidates must submit a narrative statement explaining the work for which they have been nominated and, if applicable, the way in which that work intersects with their academic studies on Latin America.                                                            

In 2016, the LAS Award for Public Engagement was awarded to Caroline Martinez and Bill De La Rosa.

Exploring Issues in Latin American Studies with the Global Citizens Grant

The Global Citizens Grant, initiated in 2007 by Willy Oppenheim ’09, and awarded through the McKeen Center for the Common Good, provides Bowdoin students travel funding to spend 8-10 weeks learning about issues such as public health, elder and disability rights, education and environmental sustainability through serving with grassroots organizations outside of the United States. Since the grant’s inception, eight recipients have worked with organizations in Latin America, building on their experiences through academic and service work on their return.

This year's Global Citizens are Sarah Frankl '16, Chris Gys '17, and Rubi Duran '16.  For more information on their work, please visit the Global Citizen Grant Recipient page

Information on previous recipients of the Glabal Citizen Grant can be found here.

Jae Lee '06

With the support of the LAS Research Grant, Jae Lee '06 collected on-site information for her Honors thesis, "De Coreano a Coreguayo: The Korean-Paraguayan Community, 1964-2005."

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