So Proudly Dominican: 800 Years and Counting on You ….
Supporting Undergraduate Research in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition
The year 2016 marks the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Dominican Order. In celebration of this historic moment and in order to advance the Dominican, Catholic intellectual life on campus, the Jubilee Committee invites applications for five undergraduate student research awards, each in the amount of $500, for work to be presented at our annual Exposition of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Investigation (URSCI Expo) in April 2016.
Awards will be given in each of the following five categories:
1) Albertus Magnus Award for project in the natural and physical sciences
2) Thomas Aquinas Award for work in the humanities
3) Catherine of Siena Award for work in the social sciences
4) Fra Angelico Award for work in fine arts
5) Bartolome de las Casas Award for pre-professional work in business or education
To be considered for an award, students will propose research, scholarship, or creative work that engages Dominican University’s mission to “to pursue truth, to give compassionate service and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world,” and actively engages one or more of the Catholic intellectual tradition’s features, namely “commitment to the continuity between faith and reason; respect for the cumulative wisdom of the past; an anti-elitist bent; attention to the community dimension of all human behavior; concern for integration of goals and objectives; and keen awareness of the sacramental principle.” Further, student work that links the Catholic intellectual tradition to Dominican’s interfaith and multicultural commitments will be especially encouraged.
Students selected for one of the research awards will produce two items: the research, scholarship or creative work itself, and a short essay reflecting upon the ways in which the work engages the Dominican mission. Note that both scholarly work already completed at the time of application, as well as work to be conducted during the spring 2016 semester are eligible for the awards. All student applicants must be mentored in their scholarly or creative work by a member of the Dominican University faculty. The intent of this project is to encourage student research which is rooted in the disciplines, but engages the Catholic intellectual tradition as a tool for reflection. Applicants should demonstrate a clear understanding of the ways in which their work has been shaped by their Dominican education.
To be considered for the award, we ask that students submit a letter of interest which includes the following:
1) A brief description (no more than 250 words) of the scholarly or creative project.
2) A preliminary discussion (no more than 250 words) of how the work is connected to one or more of the dimensions of the Catholic intellectual tradition.
3) The name of the faculty mentor.
4) The category in which the student would like to have the work considered (natural and physical sciences, humanities, social sciences, fine arts, or pre-professional).
This letter should be submitted to Claire Noonan, Vice President of Mission and Ministry, by email (email@example.com) by 12:00pm on November 30. The faculty mentor must be copied on the letter of interest.
If selected, the award will be dispersed upon successful completion of the project, reflective essay, and presentation at the April 2016 URSCI Expo. The exact nature of the URSCI presentation will be determined based upon the projects that are selected.