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 >

2015 Recipients

This year Latin American Studies Research Awards were given to Bill De La Rosa (2016) and Sarah Levy (2016).

 Leo Shaw photoSarah Levy
’s project, “Undocumented Migrant Strategies for Navigating the Arizona-Sonora Border”, will be researched over the summer in Nogales, Mexico where Bill will study Latino migration to the U.S. from a sociological perspective.

Sarah’s project, “Models of Masculinity: Socialization of Young Boys in the Andean Region”, will send Sarah to Shiripuno, Ecuador to study the socialization of young boys in the Andean region of Latin America looking at their immediate communities and also the media.


2014 Recipients

Leo Shaw (2015) conducted research in Buenos Aires, Argentina during the summer of 2014 under the mentorship of Professor Allen Wells (History). Leo's project is entitled, "Contested Visions of Modernity: Architects and Urban Planning in Turn-of-the-Century Buenos Aires"

Natasha Soto (2015) conducted research in Cusco, Peru under the mentorship of Professor Krista Van Vleet (Anthrolpology). Her project is entitled, "Voluntourism: Group Home for Teenage Mothers as a Contact Zone".

Christine Rheem (2015) conducted research in Havana, Cuba during Winter break in 2014 under the mentorship of Professor Allen Wells (History).  Her project is entitled, "El barrio chino de la Habana y una identidad contruida".

The John Harold Turner Prize in Latin American Studies

Christine Rheem

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 2015 the John Harold Turner Senior Prize in Latin American Studies was awarded to Christine Rheem


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.

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 Citizen is Meredith Outterson, '17.  For more information on Meredith and her work in Nicaragua, 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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