The Marcus Undergraduate Research Assistantship Grant

The Marcus Undergraduate Research Assistantship Grant is an initiative aimed at promoting student research in collaboration with a faculty mentor.

Deadline for submission: March or April

Award amount and timing: $3,000 ($1,000 to the faculty member, $2,000 to the student. The grant can include up to two students, each of whom would receive $2,000. If applying for more than one student research assistant, indicate clearly the expected budget in the project abstract).


All tenured and tenure-track full-time faculty members in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts are eligible to apply. This grant promotes scholarly activity conducted by undergraduate students and a faculty member in a partnership. Projects must involve mentoring across a range of research activities.

Research projects are broadly construed to include all disciplines represented in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts, and in all cases, students must be learning and practicing research/scholarship skills appropriate to the field of inquiry. All recipients will present results or a short progress report on a panel dedicated to faculty/student research teams at the LCA Student Research Showcase held in May of the awarded year. Both the student(s) and the faculty member will also submit a one-page report at that time that reflects on their experiences.


Please list and respond to each item below.

1. Cover page with project title and abstract (maximum 1 page)

2. Narrative that describes the project (maximum 2 pages)

  • Nature of the research and objectives
  • Methods of inquiry and plan for the conducting the research
  • Significance of the project
  • Plans for presentation and other possible use of the work

3. Description of faculty mentorship plan (maximum 1 page)

  • Ways the project will be collaborative
  • Description of the role(s) of the student in the project
  • Description of the role of the faculty in the project
  • Specific skills the student will acquire through this activity

4. Qualifications and CV (relevant portions) of faculty member (max 2 pages)

5. Appendix (optional) with any additional information (max 2 pages)

Marcus Undergraduate Assistantship Grant: Current and Past Winners

Queering the Newsroom: Using Engagement Strategies to Improve Coverage in the Bay Area
Josh Davis
Department of Journalism
Student researchers: Nicole Buss, Myron Caringal

From the Bay to the Valley: California Politics in Context
Marcela García-Castañon
Department of Political Science
Student researchers: Arturo Avila, TBD

Animation Matters: Interrogating Diversity in Mainstream Animated Features
Mihaela Mihailova
School of Cinema
Student researcher: Madisyn Montoya

‘It’s my job’: Scientists Working with Journalists and the Medialization of Science
Laura L. Moorhead
Department of Journalism
Student researchers: TBD

Under-Represented Cinemas in The Archive
Greta Snider
School of Cinema
Student researchers: TBD

“Forging A Deeper Democracy?: Assessing Participatory Budgeting in the Bay Area.” Mentor: Ron Hayduk (Department of Political Science).

“Big Apple 80s: A Geolocated Audio Trip to the Birth of MTV.” Mentor: Elizabeth Bradley Hunter (School of Theatre & Dance).

“Decolonizing Linguistics: Computer-Mediated Communication as an Inclusive Gateway to the Discipline.” Mentor: Jenny Lederer (Department of English Language and Literature).

“Finding the needle, re-thinking the haystack: A systematic review of labels and descriptors of ‘low-skilled’ populations in U.S. health literacy research.” Mentor: Maricel Santos (Department of English Language and Literature).

“A New Critical Edition of ‘Romeo and Juliet’: A Digital Humanities Project”
Students: Jason Bolich, Nicolaz Ruiz
Mentor: Kurt Daw (School of Theatre and Dance)

“Shakespeare’s ‘Lear’: A VR/Live Performance Hybrid”
Students: Nicole Carlson, Jo Rhoades
Mentor: Elizabeth Hunter (School of Theatre and Dance)

“Lexical Variation and Sociolinguistic Style in a Bay Area High School”
Students: Ana Abarca, Shane Cueva
Mentor: Teresa Pratt (English Language and Literature Department)

“The Unpublished Works of Elizabeth Anscombe”
Student: Ivan Manriquez Jr.
Mentor: Jeremy Reid (Philosophy Department).

“From the Left or the Right? Anti-Semitism in Germany Since 2002”
Student: Nicolle Mariani
Mentor: Scott Siegel (International Relations Department).

“A Juggler’s Choice: Agendas and Attention in the Modern Presidency”
Student: Elizabeth Wedel
Mentor: Rebecca Eissler

“China’s Multilateral Activism and the Postwar Order: Rule Taker, Rule Shaper, Rule Breaker or Rule Maker?”
Student: Samuel Catania
Mentor: See-Won Byun

“Is It Teasing or Bullying? Interactional Practices and Blurry Lines”
Student: Austin Schutz
Mentor: Leah Wingard

“Vegetarian Indian Restaurant or Indian Vegetarian Restaurant: Order of Attributes in Search Queries”
Student: Lauren Baker
Mentor: Anastasia Smirnova

“What They Bring with Them: Pre-Migration Experiences and Trajectories in American Politics of American Immigrants”
Student: Yvette Osio
Mentor: Marcela García-Castañon

George and Judy Marcus Funds for Excellence in the Liberal Arts