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.
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 various campus sources for independent research and internships. https://grantfunding.tulane.edu/ Latin American Studies strongly encourages students to seek our fellowships and pursue such activities as they represent valuable pedagogical and pre-professional experience.
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. See the website for more information. For more information on study abroad funding check with the Center for Global Education.
Application Deadline: February 1st
The Stone Center for Latin American Studies receives funding from the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI program for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. Summer FLAS fellowships administered by the Stone Center are available to undergraduate students for the intensive study over the summer of Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Kaqchikel Maya, or another less-commonly taught Latin American language. Undergraduate students wishing to engage in intensive study of such a language are encouraged to apply for one of these fellowships. Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply, and only intensive summer language programs that meet the FLAS guidelines will be considered. A listing of some of the approved programs is prepared by CLASP and available online. The guidelines of this program are very specific, please read all the application materials carefully before applying.
Review the Stone Center’s Summer FLAS Application Guidelines for Graduate and Undergraduate Students. You can also watch the December 17, 2021 FLAS Information session here.
Download the SAMPLE Summer FLAS Application Form here.
Apply here for a Summer FLAS Fellowship.
Click here for the online Summer FLAS Faculty Recommendation Form.
The Stone Center’s Director of Undergraduate Affairs is available to assist any student interested in Latin American Studies with decisions regarding coursework, independent studies, internships, study abroad programs, career counseling, grants and fellowships and extra-curricular opportunities. While it is not compulsory to seek advising, it is an integral part of the Latin American Studies degree program and all majors and minors in Latin American Studies are encouraged to meet with the Stone Center’s Director of Undergraduate Affairs each semester to evaluate their course of study. In the weeks before any registration period, course information listing Latin American offerings in cooperating departments is compiled and made available in the Stone Center offices and on the Center’s website. After considering the list, students should make an appointment to discuss the offerings and learn the recommendations of the department. The Stone Center’s Director of Undergraduate Affairs is your first stop for information on the Latin American Studies program.
Students must maintain a 2.0 average in the major program to satisfy the degree requirements of Latin American Studies. The grade-point average is determined by dividing the total number of quality points by the total number of quality hours (see Undergraduate Catalogue for more information on quality points).
Federal law prohibits the release of grades or other confidential information to third parties, including parents and guardians, unless the student provides written authorization for release of such information to the associate dean. Such as request may be made by the student at any time.
When students have a complaint to register about a particular class, professor or grade, they should make an appointment with the Assistant Undergraduate Advisor.
In most cases grievances grow out of courses. It is important to understand that grievances attach to the department in which a course is offered. Thus, if a student in the Latin American Studies interdisciplinary program seeks to resolve a problem arising from a Sociology course, it must be pursued through the Sociology Department. Courses which originate in the Center for Latin American Studies will be handled by the appropriate Center administrators. In every case disputes are handled at the lowest level first (discuss the problem with the professor) and then move up the Center and, finally, college level.
The university grievance policy is available either in the Center or in the college division office. It is a lengthy document which describes procedures to be followed when the Center procedures have not worked to satisfy all parties.
The Center for Latin American Studies policy is as follows:
A student expecting to receive a degree in May must register as a candidate for graduation in the associate dean’s office during the fall semester. A student expecting to receive a degree at any other time should consult the associate dean’s office for appropriate information. Commencement ceremonies are held only in May; August and December graduates may, however, participate in ceremonies held the following May. All May graduates are expected to attend commencement unless the awarding of the degree in absentia has been approved by the associate dean.
In the final semester of your senior year the Stone Center is contacted by your dean’s office to certify that you have completed all of the requirements to graduate with the Latin American Studies major. Therefore, the advising appointment that you have with the Undergraduate Advisor before your final registration also includes a review and audit of your transcript to make sure that everything will be in order when graduation occurs.