Research Opportunities by Department
Undergraduate Research in the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies
Research in the Institute is done primarily in concert with departments. Students are encouraged to take a foundational course that teaches the core concepts and methodology on how to conduct research in a specific discipline. Two courses offered at FDI, AAS 380 (Senior Seminar) and AAS 297 (Colloquium in African and African-American Studies), are particularly useful for learning about the basic methodology on how to conduct research in African and African-American Studies. In AAS 297, students attend lectures and write short papers discussing the lectures. Eventually they choose a topic out of these lectures on which they write a more researched paper.
FDI/AAS hosts an Undergraduate Conference at the end of the year which features the best papers nominated by instructors who teach AAS courses. In addition to papers nominated by instructors, papers from outstanding students are invited. Each year, the Frederick Douglass Prize is awarded to the best paper recommended by an instructor. The Frederick Douglass Prize is a college-wide contest to select the best undergraduate research paper in the broad area of African and African American Studies. To encourage undergraduate research in African and African American Studies, the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies will offer a $500 Prize for the best research paper in AAS.