SUMMER RESEARCH INCUBATOR

The Summer Research Incubator (SRI) is directed through the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Education and administered by the Undergraduate Research Center–Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

The Summer Research Incubator is a virtual, entry-level eight-week summer program (July 5-August 26, 2022) for students who are interested in pursuing research or creative inquiry on issues of diversity or social justice in the humanities, arts, or social sciences at UCLA. Students will complete an original research or creative project under the guidance of a graduate student mentor and present their work at the end of the summer at the SRI Symposium. Weekly programming will include workshops with UCLA faculty and staff on topics including research skills, ethics, professionalization, and graduate school, as well as talks with UCLA faculty about their research or creative practice.

SRI SYMPOSIUM

Please join us on Zoom from 9:30 a.m.-1:20 p.m. PDT on Thursday, August 25, 2022, for the SRI Symposium. Students will share their research projects in sessions organized by area of research inquiry, followed by Q&A with the audience.

Click here for more information and to join us on Zoom: https://sites.google.com/g.ucla.edu/sri2022/

SRI RECIPIENTS

  • Receive a $3,000 scholarship ($1,500 at the beginning of the program, $1,500 midway through)
  • Conduct an original research or creative project under the guidance of a graduate student mentor
  • Attend weekly programming with UCLA faculty and staff
  • Commit to spending 20 hours/week on the program
  • Present their work at the SRI Symposium
  • Submit a summary of their project for an online profile
  • Participate in tracking of their academic career post-SRI

SRI ELIGIBILITY

  • Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors; rising second-year transfers
  • Majors in humanities, arts, social sciences, or psychology
  • Commitment to pursuing questions of diversity or social justice in their research
  • CANNOT be a current or previous recipient of a multi-quarter research program scholarship including those through the Undergraduate Research Centers, AAP, College Honors, the Center for Community Learning, Education Abroad Programs, or academic departments
  • CAN be a previous recipient of Research Revealed
  • Minimum 3.25 GPA
  • US citizens, permanent residents, AB 540, DACA, undocumented, and international students are eligible
  • While financial need is not required, some awards are for students with established financial need

HOW TO APPLY

Application deadline for summer 2022: April 4, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Click here to apply: https://ucla.academicworks.com/opportunities/33877

Please note that if you haven’t filled out the UCLA Financial Aid and Scholarships General Application in the past, you will have to fill one out to apply to the SRI. This is in addition to the SRI application.

The SRI application consists of the following components:

  1. Statement of previous research experience, if applicable. Include the names of any previous UCLA research programs in which you have participated (200 words max)
  2. Area of research inquiry. Choose one area of inquiry that you would like to spend the summer working on. (See the Areas of Research Inquiry tab above.)
  3. Research interest statement: What interests you about this area of research? How does it relate to your major and your past or future academic coursework? What do you know already about it, and what do you hope to learn by researching it more fully this summer? How does it relate to your post-UCLA goals? (500 words max)
  4. Choice of back-up area of research inquiry in case your first choice is not available
  5. Personal statement: Place your academic record into the context of your opportunities and obstacles. Briefly describe how receiving the scholarship and participating in the SRI will impact your short- and long-term goals. Make sure you describe your goals in detail. Include any special circumstances (i.e., personal, academic, financial hardships) that you feel are relevant to your application. (500 words max)

If you have any questions, please email the Undergraduate Research Center at urhass@college.ucla.edu or schedule a virtual advising appointment with a Graduate Student Mentor. The Undergraduate Research Center will also host workshops on the SRI in winter and spring quarters.

Undergraduate Research Center –
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
A334 Murphy Hall
Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tel: 310.825.2935
Fax: 310.267.5515
urhass@college.ucla.edu

AREAS OF RESEARCH INQUIRY

As part of your application to the Summer Research Incubator, you will be asked to choose an area of research inquiry. Choose one of the following areas that you would like to work on.

Research Inquiry 1: How do migration and labor intersect in Los Angeles?

Los Angeles has a long history of migration and labor dating back to the late 1800s. The city currently houses thousands of workers in various industries, including the garment, service, care, and construction industries. Many of these workers are also migrants who arrived from regions such as India, Latin America, and Asia, often in response to social, political, and economic-based reasons. In addition, since the 1800s, the United States has called upon the labor of migrants from across the globe, resulting in ethnic and gendered shifts in labor. It is undeniable that migrants have greatly contributed to Los Angeles’ social and cultural, physical, and economic landscape. Yet, as much of the literature shows, migrants and workers in Los Angeles have historically faced and combatted various layers of social, political, and economic inequality. What would it mean to use analytical lenses from labor and migration studies to trace historical labor in Los Angeles? What new insights might we gain by exploring various facets surrounding migration and labor in Los Angeles, including globalization, gender, race, and physical space? Focusing on the case study of Los Angeles, this project will provide students interested in labor, history, migration, race, and gender with an opportunity to explore how migration and labor take shape in Los Angeles.

Research Inquiry 2: How does social media support, enhance, or challenge contemporary social justice concerns in North America?

In recent years, social media platforms such as Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter have offered powerful means of engaging with and examining political issues and social justice pursuits within daily life. Previous studies have shown how Instagram activity can lead users into anti-racist discussions and how TikTok can be mobilized to advocate for diverse causes and often provides a means of establishing community for minority identities. Yet, more critical perspectives contend that the often-superficial content of memes, tweets, and Instagram infographics might, in fact, undermine the urgency of some social issues. This research project invites students to explore how social media activity facilitates, nuances, or limits the understanding of contemporary social justice issues and identity-based concerns. How might memes or tweets intervene into, or perhaps uphold, normative and stereotypical notions of race, gender, sexuality, class, or disability? Considering that online activity presupposes a wide-ranging audience, how might politicized social media content cater to specific viewers—what might creators presuppose about the audience of their posts? This project encourages students interested in media, cultural and ethnic studies, digital humanities, performance, and other disciplines to consider how seemingly ordinary interaction with digital realms not only reflects social change but actively create the conditions for its enactment and provides innovative, or potentially reductive, ways to critically explore politicized issues and identity categories.

Research Inquiry 3: How are schools addressing disability as a component of social justice?

Many public schools across the US have recently adapted their curriculums to include a call for social justice standards. These calls include both pedagogical considerations for inclusive teaching and for the material to address relevant topics such as identity, diversity, justice, and action. However, social justice curriculums seldomly include disability studies and ableism as part of their standards. As systemic racism is addressed through social justice, ableism and the segregation of disabled folks also need to be addressed for students not only to learn together but live and thrive together. This research project will focus on the following questions: How do social justice and disability studies connect? How do teachers relate social justice and disability? How is ableism being challenged through a social justice curriculum? What is the nature of the schools and teachers who are implementing social justice curriculums? Does the uptake of a social justice curriculum translate in the increase of inclusive practices for students with disabilities? Does the social justice curriculum permeate special education? This project will provide students who are interested in disability studies, special and general education, race, and ableism with an opportunity to explore the current educational teaching practices and curricula along with the impact they have on students with multiple minoritized identities.

Research Inquiry 4: What can representation in visual media do for queer politics?

Over the past decade, queer representation has become a focal issue in media in its attempts to diversify. Across film, television, music, and fine art, there has been a concerted push to highlight systemically excluded queer stories and voices. Despite this efflorescence in representation, queer lives continue to be violently erased and marginalized in public life and political discourse. This research project will attempt to define the relationship between visibility, activism, and political change. The following questions will be addressed: What is the history of queer representation in Anglophone media and art? How does queer representation inflect and intersect with other forms of diversity in visual media, including racial and ethnic diversity? What is the effect of queer representation on general public perception of queerness, queer identity, and queer lives? How and when does representation turn into activism? What role do institutions such as museums and archives play in supporting or hindering queer representation? This project will provide students with an interest in film, media, art, museum studies, queer studies, and LGBTQ+ activism an opportunity to learn about the ways the images that make up our world have the ability to change it.