The College of Liberal Arts’ student body is driven by curiosity and questioning. We encourage all our students to participate in research and help create knowledge. The College of Liberal Arts offers funding opportunities each semester, including summer, to afford students to undertake critical and impactful work. Our Liberal Arts Undergraduate Research Awards (LAURAs) and the Creative Arts and Research Scholarship (CARAs) are two College funded awards with bi-annual calls for proposals.

Liberal Arts Undergraduate Research Awards (LAURAs)

The Liberal Arts Undergraduate Research Awards (LAURAs). The LAURAs grant $2,000 each to undergraduate student-faculty member duos to conduct a research project over the course of a semester. Each student earns a $15/hour stipend from the grant while spending 100 hours on the project, which enables students to dedicate their time to developing research skills without having to worry about their financial wellbeing.

The Liberal Arts Undergraduate Research Awards (LAURA) creates more opportunities for undergraduate students to develop research skills by working with faculty mentors on faculty-led research projects while increasing support for faculty research in the College of Liberal Arts.

Faculty and Student Research Teams

The College of Liberal Arts is pleased to announce the Summer 2020 LAURA Scholar Awards:

  • Colin Chamberlain (Philosophy) and student Callum for Do Minerals Dream? Margaret Cavendish’s Panpsychism
  • Eunice Chen (Psychology) and student Thomas Kelly for Medical Comorbidity and COVID-19
  • Deborah Drabick (Psychology) and student Faylyn Kalchthaler for Do Working Memory Abilities Moderate the Relation between Community Violence and Peer Processes?
  • Jamie Fader (Criminal Justice) and student Shannon McGorry for Mapping the Landscape of School-Based Interrogations: A Pilot Study
  • Tania Giovannetti (Psychology) and student Matthew Ambrogi for Training Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment to Use Assistive Technologies
  • Kristin Gjesdal (Philosophy) and student Andrea Paleos for Germaine de Staël on Implicit Bias
  • Victor Gutierrez (Geography and Urban Studies) and student Evelyn Gorey for Mapping forest loss due to agricultural expansion in a hotspot of ecosystem change in Colombia
  • Rebeca Hey-Colón (Spanish) and student Sebastián Rangel for Disastrous Beginnings: Caribbean and Latinx Renditions of Emergence
  • Robin Kolodny (Political Science) and student Daisy Confoy for Campaign Finance Allegations in the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary: Game Changer or Red Herring?
  • Peter Marshall (Psychology) and student Troy Houser for Leveraging the Construct of Embodiment to Advance Developmental Science
  • Alan McPherson (History) and student Alan David Devine for The Iran-Contra Scandal and Its Impact on US Democracy 
  • Thomas Olino (Psychology and Neuroscience) and student Meghan O’Neil for Interacting influences of socioeconomic status and stressful life events on youth anxiety symptoms
  • Thomas Olino (Psychology and Neuroscience) and student Holly Bruns for Interactive influences of depressive symptoms and stressful life events on youth non-suicidal self-injury
  • Hamil Pearsall (Geography and Urban Studies) and student Madison Tablas for Advancing knowledge on social infrastructure systems for health, equity, and well-being
  • Mark Pollack (Political Science) and student Zeinah Latefa for The Trump Administration as a Change Agent in International Law 
  • Leslie Reeder-Myers (Anthropology) and student Kylie Spinello for Changing Cultural and Sacred Landscapes of the Chumash World
  • Aunshul Rege (Criminal Justice) and student Rachel Bleiman for An exploration of trends in ransomware attacks against municipal government facilities
  • Moritz Ritter (Economics) and student Alison Tintera for Firm Organization and Inequality
  • Eileen Ryan (History) and student Megan McGraw for Black Italy
  • Thomas Shipley (Psychology) and student Daniel McGuigan for Exploring heuristics and biases in engineering design
  • Amarat Zaatut (Criminal Justice) and student Isabel Apothaker for Scholars’ Perceptions of Qualitative Research and its Utility in Criminology and Criminal Justice: A Comparative Study

Creative Arts And Research Scholarship (CARAs)

The Creative Arts and Research Scholarship are a partnership between the Temple Research Administration and the Office of the Provost and the deans of Temple University’s schools and colleges to provide funding opportunities to encourage and support undergraduate and professional students engaged in scholarly, creative and research projects that contribute to advancing their field of study.

Senior Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs:
Sandra L. Suárez
1246 Anderson Hall

Director of Research Administration:
Kimberly Fahey
1243 Anderson Hall
(215) 204-7743

Research Administrator:
Julia Erlanger
1245 Anderson Hall