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Meliora Scholars


Congratulations to our 2021-22 Meliora Scholars!

Sarah A. Chen

Sergei EliseevGrace FengCarlson Fields
Rose FrankCaitroina GreeneKayla HowardParis Jamison
Rachel H. KamataAlyssa KohAlonus Lette-DaffehRobert Marcinauskis
Laith Awad MohamadJosephine MyungSayeda Mahnoor RazaJacob Rose
Sophia SamantaroyHamidah ShaikSanghamitra SubbaZitong Wang

Funds for students to conduct independent research in the Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences (History and Anthropology). Educational experiences relevant to humanistic inquiry, such as language acquisition, internships, or Study Abroad programs, may also qualify for funding.The Humanities Center, the Office of Undergraduate Research, and the School of Arts and Sciences invite applications from current first-year students to the Meliora Scholars program.  The selective program offers:

  • Individual and small-group mentoring by faculty members
  • Activities that explore the nature and rewards of humanistic research, such as discussions, field trips, and special opportunities to connect with both UR faculty and visiting scholars
  • A humanities-based peer group
  • Recognition of participation in the program on the students’ resumes or transcripts.

Participating students are eligible to receive up to $3000 in research funds.  They must attend several designated Meliora Scholars events during their sophomore year to be eligible for these funds.  Students will carry out their projects by the end of their junior year and present the results of their research to the Meliora Scholars cohort.

Students who already hold RIG or HRIG funding are eligible to become Meliora Scholars and will receive additional Meliora Scholar grants depending on their research needs.

The Meliora Scholars Program is open to first-year students in any major who are interested in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.

Faculty members are urged to bring this opportunity to the attention of potential applicants.

If you are a current Meliora Scholar, click here for the funds disbursement form.