Senior Thesis Research Funding

The Department of African American Studies offers senior thesis research grants of up to $750 to certificate students in AAS. Research funds may be used to support travel and/or the purchase of books, supplies and materials needed to complete the senior thesis.  In order to apply for funding for the 2016 – 2017 academic year, students will need to apply through the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE). You will need to upload a one-page research proposal, a detailed budget outlining the proposed usage of the funds and a letter of support written by your thesis advisor. The application period ends April 30, 2017.

Students who are awarded funding for travel must do the following before funds will be released:

  • Register their travel on the travel database prior to receiving funding
  • Contact UHS/Travel Medicine and make an appointment well in advance of departure if traveling to a country which requires immunizations
  • Review thoroughly the information on the travel website for undergraduate students
  • The University does not sponsor undergraduate travel to countries on the US State Department travel warning list. Students who have a compelling academic reason for traveling to a country on the State Department travel warning list may request consideration through the travel exemption process.

Ruth J. Simmons Thesis Prize

We are happy to announce the competition for the 2017 Ruth J. Simmons Thesis Prize. This $1,000 prize is awarded to the African American Studies concentrator whose thesis best exhibits excellence in research and writing within the field of African American Studies.

If you wish to have your thesis considered for the prize, please submit the following to Jana Johnson at

  • Email a scanned copy of your thesis by May 8, 2017.
  • Request your department also email copies of the readers’ reports by May 19, 2017.
  • Ask your advisor to email a written letter of support by May 19, 2017.

The prize will be awarded on Class Day, June 5, 2017.