Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

Research and Project Associates (RPA) Program

Program Mission
The goal of the Research and Project Associate Program is to provide graduate students an opportunity to engage in the teaching, research and programmatic life of the Stone Center, its working groups and institutes. Only projects that provide enrichment and learning experiences that contribute to the professional development of our graduate students and to the overall programming goals of the Stone Center are selected. In the same spirit, only projects that are institutional in scope are supported, for instance, research for a monograph by an individual faculty member does not fall within the scope of the program; the development of a major conference or lecture series does.

Terms of Service
All M.A. students in Latin American Studies with non-FLAS University Fellowships, and all Ph.D. candidates with non-FLAS University Fellowships who are not Teaching Assistants participate in the program each semester that they hold University Fellowships.

Research and Project Associates will be paired with the Project Director at the beginning of each semester. Each will observe a detailed written agreement about the nature of the project and the responsibilities of both the Project Associate and the Project Director.

Research and Project Associates are normally appointed for one semester. Summer appointments are not available under this program. Nevertheless, we are cognizant of the fact that some projects might be better served by full-year commitments. For this reason, re-appointments are possible when mutually agreed upon by all participants.

Fall appointments generally run from the second week of September to the second week of December (Thanksgiving week excluded); Spring appointments from the third week of January to the first week of May (Mardi Gras week excluded).

Each Associate must work an average of 6 hours per week, or 72 total hours over the course of the academic semester. Total hours may be unevenly distributed over the semester depending upon the specific nature and requirements of the project and upon the student’s schedule and commitments.

Selection
Projects will be evaluated on the extent to which they conform to the objectives and spirit of the program, provide an educational experience for the Associate, and enhance the quality of Latin American programs at Tulane. The Stone Center Executive Director and staff will review and select proposed projects.

Evaluation
Projects will be evaluated twice, at mid-term and at the end of the semester. In the final evaluation, both the Project Director and Associate will compare the completed project to the aspirations set down in the initial description, critique the process and working relationship, and evaluate the experience as a whole.

NOTE for Faculty/Staff on Proposing an RPA Project
Faculty or staff wishing to propose and supervise an RPA project should visit our Stone Center Forms page for guidelines and project proposal instructions for the RPA program.

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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.