College of Liberal Arts

Humanities Research Award

What is the value of humanities research? Why is it a practical component of an undergraduate’s education? The answer is simple. Explorations into literature, philosophy, art, music and poetry teach us how to make sense out of a complex and interdependent world.

Whether they’re deciphering ancient manuscripts, unraveling medieval mysteries, or reciting a Shakespeare play, humanist scholars help us understand the past and give us a clearer picture of what the future holds.

To support research in the humanities, the College of Liberal Arts created the Humanities Research Award, which provides $15,000 for research-related expenses such as travel, archival costs, supplies and materials.

Established in 2009, the annual award was created by Dean Randy Diehl in response to a shortage of external grants for humanities research. The funding allows professors to produce a book or a set of articles and make their work known to the academic community.

We caught up with some past recipients to learn more about their research –– from racial rhetoric to the history of America’s infrastructure to medieval art and literature.

Go to the Life & Letters website to watch video interviews with past Humanities Research Award recipients.