OUR Borders and Belonging: London Field Studies 

Where do we belong? Where do you feel most at home? In the lab? In the woods? On the road or at your kitchen table? What defines home for us? Our places or work or our places of rest; the presence or the absence of other people, landscapes, or things? Explore these questions and your own research project in the global city of London: a city in flux, in a region and world in tumult. We invite you to join peer scholars from the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity this spring in London to pursue your own research goals in the context of these pressing global issues.

In three pre-trip meetings with your peers, you also will discuss the thematic similarities and differences between your diverse projects. While you will conduct the majority of your study independently, at locations decided by you and a faculty mentor, planned cultural activities and daily group discussions will enhance your project. Students who would like to join this community of scholars, and who are excited to transform their research are encouraged to apply. 

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted from any Dietrich School undergraduate who:

  • are interested in joining a community of scholars;
  • have declared a disciplinary major; and
  • have a faculty sponsor within the project discipline responsible for oversight of the project.

Interested students should complete the following steps and apply through the Study Abroad office Web site no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, October 29, 2018:

  • Secure a Dietrich School faculty mentor for directed research for spring 2019.
  • Write a two to three-page description of the proposed research project, specifically explaining how two weeks of research in London at the end of the spring term will enhance the project. The description should be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point font and using 1-inch margins. No more than three pages should be submitted (excluding citations). Appendices and addendums are not allowed.
  • Write a one to two-page statement, addressing this prompt: As a London Field Studies participant, you will participate in a small community of scholars. What excites you about sharing your perspective with this community? How do you think conversations with your fellow participants will enrich your development as a thinker and an individual? Your statement should be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point font and using 1-inch margins.
  • Provide letter of support from faculty mentor.
  • Provide the name and phone number of a personal reference. A personal reference may be a current or former supervisor, an advisor, coach, or a resident assistant. A personal reference should not be a TA, family member, or friend.
  • Confirm that, in spring of 2019, you will not simultaneously hold any other spring research awards—for example OUR awards or grants or University Honors College fellowships.

Contact the OUR at 412-648-7920 with any specific questions


To begin your application, click here.


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