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'Beyond the Book' award extends classroom research to field

Scholarship funds student research with $2,500 stipend

By: Hilary Saunders // Contributing News Writer

Issue date: 7/8/08 Section: News
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While the University of Miami offers many scholarships to students, the "Beyond the Book" scholarship extends beyond typical classroom endeavors. Established in the summer of 2007 with the support of two generous donations, the scholarship was designed to encourage students to conduct their own research and work in an intensive learning environment.

More than 50 students from 18 departments completed applications for the Beyond the Book scholarship in its first year. That year, 14 students were granted the scholarship, and 12 students won the award in 2008. Each of these students received a stipend of $2,500 that to be put toward funding extra research time, gas, lodging and food. At the end of the research period, students must submit three to five pages of analysis to the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, currently Michael R. Halleran.

In the past, winners have participated in field work, lab research, archaeological field schools, archival work and internships. Juan Enrique Flores, for example, a "first generation Cuban-American," as he described himself in his proposal, worked in archiving the works of Marcos Casanova, the Hispanic Theater Guild and Teatro 8 with the Cuban/Latino Theater Archive in the Cuban Heritage Collection at the Richter Library. He wrote that his devotion to his culture and profession inspired his project and that he was honored to win the scholarship.

"It was a great experience for me to be a part of preserving the art of theater and preserving pieces of my heritage," Flores said.

Rose Glemaud, assistant to the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, advises students to start thinking about a potential topic or activity and identify a faculty member they would like to have mentor them on a Beyond the Book project during their first semester at UM. "This is a great opportunity for students to explore and do research on a subject that they have interest in," Glemaud said.

In order to apply for the Beyond the Book scholarship, students must complete the application and attach a project proposal, letter of recommendation, and transcript. The Beyond the Book scholarship is only available to freshman, sophomores and juniors in the College of Arts and Sciences.

For more information, visit www.as.miami.edu/undergraduate/beyondthebook.

Hilary Saunders may be contacted at h.saunders@umiami.edu.
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