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Applications Accepted This Week for Latin American Studies Summer Travel Grants

Story posted April 03, 2000

A new program for student research will send Bowdoin students to Latin America and the Caribbean this summer.

Applications for the program are due this Friday.

Funds are available for travel, room and board and research expenses up to a maximum of $1250. Applications will be reviewed by the Latin American Studies Committee and awards will be announced on April 15.

These summer grants are intended to increase understanding and awareness of the region among students majoring in any academic discipline. The grant will support research in Latin America resulting in the award of independent study credit. Grants cannot be used to support credit-bearing summer language training in Latin America. Nor can they be used for study away programs during the academic year.

At the end of the summer in which they have received a grant, students are expected to write a 2-page final report summarizing their research and results. Independent study credit will be awarded during the semester immediately following the summer research period. The faculty mentor will award the grade at the conclusion of the fall semester.

Students should develop proposals in consultation with a faculty mentor. Applications for a Latin American Studies Summer Travel Grant should include the following:

- A narrative proposal, no longer than 1500 words in length. The proposal should explain the nature of the topic or problem to be researched; the background which the students brings to the proposed study; the methods of study to be used; the sources of information to be analyzed; and other resources of significance (such as foreign faculty, institutions of higher learning, government or non-governmental organizations, etc.) to be used in the study.

- A current Bowdoin transcript

- A recommendation from a faculty member who has agreed to supervise the project.

The criteria for selection will include the quality and feasibility of the project described in the narrative proposal and the project's relevance to the student's educational program.

The deadline for applications is April 7, 2000. Completed applications should be sent to Prof. John Turner, Chair, Latin American Studies Committee, Dept of Romance Languages.

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