Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

2018 Undergraduate Research Awards Announced

April 23, 2018

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is proud to announce that it has awarded two research grants to undergraduate students through the CLACS Undergraduate Research Awards for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

The fund can be used to support Brown University undergraduate students who engage in research or attend conferences in the United States or a country in Latin America or the Caribbean. All undergraduates are welcome to apply. 

The two applicants selected for support in this semester's competition are Louis Epstein (Development Studies & LACA) and Jazmín I. Piche (Science and Society & LACA). Epstein will be translating slave narratives of imprisonment and abuse from Spanish to English. Epstein will be working in Havana, Cuba, where he can work closely with Afro-Cuban scholars at the University of Havana. He aims to support the study of Afro-Cuban history by translating documents that are not typically accessible in English, thus increasing their reach and impact.

Piche traveled to Puerto Rico during her spring break as part of the Brown Christian Fellowship to distribute basic necessities and build houses for the people affected by Hurricane Maria. She conducted interviews with citizens of different ages, sexes and states of crisis in order to learn where aid is most needed in this slow path to recovery.

Following their travel, award recipients will present on their supported research at a CLACS Back from the Field panel. 

The CLACS Undergraduate Research Awards deadlines are April 3rd for Spring Semester and Nov. 1st for Fall Semester. Undergraduate students who meet the above criteria are welcome to apply for up to $500 of support.