Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

MALS Student Professional Development Award

The Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies (MALS) offers financial assistance designed to help current undergraduate and graduate students at The University of Texas at Austin complete their studies and go on to successful professional careers. This financial assistance was established by former UT President Bill Powers and his commitment to the students, faculty, staff, and community that MALS serves.

The MALS Student Professional Development Award is intended to support the professional development of enrolled undergraduate and graduate students at UT Austin. Recipients must demonstrate superior qualifications and be completing a program of work consistent with the scholarly aims of the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies. The award requires that recipients be enrolled in either the Bachelor of Arts degree in Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mexican American and Latina/o Studies or the Graduate Portfolio Program in Mexican American and Latina/o Studies.

Ideally, the award would be applied directly by MALS toward the travel costs for a student to attend a major professional meeting to present an original paper or to travel to a research site in the continental United States to conduct research in support of a thesis or dissertation project. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, these funds will be treated as “research stipends” and awarded directly to students so they can apply them toward conference participation or conducting research.

The maximum amount for a MALS Student Professional Development Award is $500.


How to Apply

  1. Complete the online application;
    • Upload a cover letter that describes the benefit that this award will provide your research and its relation to MALS;
    • Upload verification of your research-related activity. This document can be a copy of your correspondence with the research site, a confirmation of registration or acceptance to a conference, etc.
  2. In order for your application to be considered complete, we must receive an email or letter from the student's academic advisor or coordinator in their home department stating that they will NOT be receiving departmental assistance for this same research-related activity. This email should be sent directly to the Academic Program Coordinator, Luis Guevara, at lvg@austin.utexas.edu.  

Deadline

All application materials, including confirmation from your home department, must be received at least 30 days prior to the intended use by the student.

Questions regarding the award can be directed to Luis Guevara at lvg@austin.utexas.edu.