Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

Departmental Awards
Each year the Center selects one or two Senior Scholars from among those graduating with Honors in Latin American Studies to be recognized as the top performing students of the department. Senior Scholars candidates are evaluated on depth and breadth of study (as demonstrated by coursework within and beyond LAST major), GPA (overall and in the major), level of academic engagement (participation in conferences and extracurricular academic events), community service (with local Latino community and abroad), performance in LAST 4000, quality and coherence of major/concentration (written in LAST 4000), and originality, significance and over-all quality of thesis. Students must defend their thesis at least two weeks before the final class day to be eligible for Senior Scholar distinction. The award is recognized at the Graduation Ceremony and the closing Honors Banquet.

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies has competitions annually for the best academic paper in the Social Sciences (The M. Karen Bracken Award) and in the Humanities (The Alberto Vázquez Award) by an undergraduate major or minor. The competition is decided in late spring by a standing committee which judges submissions forwarded by the faculty. The Prize Committee considers work produced in either semester of an academic year. A full listing of all Stone Center Academic Awards, including links to most of the prize winning papers, can be accessed on our Stone Center Awards and Prizes Webpage

Funding for Research, Travel and Internships
The Stone Center offers guidance and mentoring for applying for a wide variety of University fellowships to further pursue research, participate in conferences and to conduct national and/or international internships. Fellowships are available through the Newcomb-Tulane College Dean’s Office and the Newcomb College Institute to conduct research abroad or in the US in preparation for the LAST 4000 research project (the summer before senior year), to continue your research after the course as an independent study or senior thesis, or to present research at conferences. Funding sources from the Newcomb-Tulane College Dean’s Office include The Georges Lurcy Grant Program for term-time research or special projects under the direction of a faculty member to fund travel and access to special collections or libraries and to defray other expenses directly incurred by project research and The Newcomb-Tulane College Dean’s Grant Program for cocurricular activities and projects such as conference participation. For female Newcomb-Tulane College students, Newcomb College Institute Fellowships fund independent research in the US and abroad and conference presentation and attendance. In addition, the Newcomb-Tulane College Dean’s Office offers funding for undergraduate students with summer internships with alumni or in fields related to the liberal arts through the Katherine and Robert M. Devlin ’64 Internship Program. See websites for deadlines and application cycles. Latin American Studies strongly encourages students to seek our fellowships and pursue independent research as these activities represent valuable pedagogical and pre-professional experience.

Funding for Study in Latin America
For year and semester programs, the Newcomb-Tulane College Dean’s Office offers the Corasaniti Study Abroad Grant, providing $2500 toward the cost of a Newcomb-Tulane Study Abroad Program for a student majoring in political science, economics, political economy, or a modern foreign language. Grants are awarded on the basis of both merit and financial need. For Stone Center Summer Programs, the Tulane Undergraduate Latin American Studies Organization (TULASO) offers TULASO Summer Scholarships, peer-juried awards for students accepted to summer abroad programs. See the website for more information. For more information on study abroad funding check with the Center for Global Education.

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Final Push Fridays: Graduate Research & Writing Support

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Every Friday from 10am-12pm CDT, The Latin American Library and Stone Center are co-hosting a virtual work-along for Latin Americanist graduate students to support each other in their research and writing goals. The Zoom meeting has two break-out options: participants may choose to troubleshoot research and methodological questions with an LAL librarian and/or work towards their writing objectives alongside a community of their peers. We hope you will join us when you can!

Central America, People and the Environment Educator Institute 2021

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This summer educator institute is the third institute in a series being offered by Tulane University, The University of Georgia and Vanderbilt University. This series of institutes is designed to enhance the presence of Central America in the K-12 classroom. Each year, participants engage with presenters, resources and other K-12 colleagues to explore diverse topics in Central America with a focus on people and the environment.

While at Tulane, the institute will explore the historic connections between the United States and Central America focusing on indigenous communities and environment while highlighting topics of social justice and environmental conservation. Join us to explore Central America and teaching strategies to implement into the classroom.

Additional details and registration will be available in the late fall 2020. For more information, please email dwolteri@tulane.edu or call 504.865.5164.