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 during the summer months, between semesters, or to extend off-campus study experiences. Up to $5000 will be awarded, which includes a $400 weekly honorarium for a maximum of 8 weeks, and up to $1800 in Travel and Research funds. 

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

You may read previous grant awardees’ reports here >

2018 Recipients

This year Latin American Studies Research Awards were given to Carlos Holguin (2019) and Uriel Lopez-Serrano (2020).

Carlos HolguinUriel Lopez-SerranoCarlos’s project will take him to Denver, CO and Milwaukee, WI this summer to research the ways that youth organizing against gun violence incorporate Latinx and African American experiences into calls for national and local gun reforms.

Uriel will conduct research on female playwrights in Latin America and Spain during the 16th and 17th centuries. He will travel to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas-Austin to examine their collection of comedias sueltas and materials related to the life of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.



 The John Harold Turner Prize in Latin American Studies                 

Paola Maymi

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 2018 the John Harold Turner Senior Prize in Latin American Studies was awarded to both Paola Maymí and Jonah Watt.   Both Paola and Jonah are exceptional students who have excelled in their coursework, while earning the respect of the faculty and their peers. They have also engaged in independent research. Paola completed a research project titled "The Ponce Massacre: Biased Journalism and the Search for a Universal Truth", while Jonah wrote an honors thesis titled “Que vivan los estudiantes: Cycles of Contention and the Chilean Student Movement (1906-present)”. Jonah presented his findings this spring at an undergraduate research conference in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. 

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.                                                            

Jonah Watt

In 2018, the LAS Award for Public Engagement was awarded to Jonah Watt.

The summer after his sophomore year, Jonah was an intern at the Maine Mobile Health Program, providing behavioral health screenings, patient outreach, and translating for dental appointments for farmworkers’ children in Augusta, Maine. During his semester abroad, Jonah conducted a part-time internship with Explora Valparaíso, an organization that provides science and technology outreach and programming to schools and communities in rural Chile. Most recently, Jonah participated in an Alternative Spring Break trip to Puerto Rico, where the group met with local organizations and learned about community-led relief efforts.  

After graduation, Jonah will be participating in the Princeton in Latin America (PiLA) fellowship, a year-long fellowship that places recent graduates with non-profit organizations throughout Latin America. Through PiLA, he will be working with Building Dignity (or Centro para el Desarrollo con Dignidad in Spanish), an organization based in Villa El Salvador, a land-grab community in Lima, Perú. Building Dignity fosters community education and development in the underprivileged communities of Villa El Salvador. Through a social justice based-approach, the program provides educational workshops, youth mentorship programs, and other support services to families in the community.


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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