The College of Liberal Arts’ student body is driven by curiosity and questioning. We encourage all our students to participate in research and help create knowledge. The College of Liberal Arts offers funding opportunities each semester, including summer, to afford students to undertake critical and impactful work. Our Liberal Arts Undergraduate Research Awards (LAURAs) are College funded awards with bi-annual calls for proposals.

The Liberal Arts Undergraduate Research Awards (LAURAs). The LAURAs grant $2,000 each to undergraduate student-faculty member duos to conduct a research project over the course of a semester. Each student earns a $15/hour stipend from the grant while spending 100 hours on the project, which enables students to dedicate their time to developing research skills without having to worry about their financial wellbeing.

The Liberal Arts Undergraduate Research Awards (LAURA) creates more opportunities for undergraduate students to develop research skills by working with faculty mentors on faculty-led research projects while increasing support for faculty research in the College of Liberal Arts.

Faculty and Student Research Teams

The College of Liberal Arts is pleased to announce the Summer and Fall 2021 LAURA Scholar Awards:

Summer 2021

  • Zain Abdullah (Religion) and student Angelique Vittone (Psychology and Religion) for The Nation of Islam and Social Change, 1955-1975
  • Debra Bangasser (Neuroscience) and student Alexandra Hehn for Effect of a Low Resource Environment on Maternal Motivation and Defensive Behaviors in Rats
  • Lisa Briand (Psychology) and student Brigham Rhoads for Effect of Adolescent Social Isolation and Cocaine Self-Administration on Microglial Morphology
  • Eunice Chen (Psychology) and student Shely Khaikin for Developing Novel fMRI Delivery Systems for Rapidly Dissolving Edible Taste Strips
  • Deborah Drabick (Psychology) and student Aidan Campagnolio for Risk and Resilience for Internalizing and Externalizing Behavior Problems Among Youth Experiencing Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Tania Giovannetti (Psychology) and student Marina Kaplan for Using Virtual Reality to Assess Everyday Function in Older Adults
  • Travis Glasson (History) and student Maureen Iplenski for Finding the ‘Nobody Men’: Neutrality and Family in the Era of the American Revolution
  • Alexandra Guisinger (Political Science) and student Samuel Hall for Framing Layoffs: Media Coverage, Blame Attribution, and Trade-Related Policy Responses
  • Kevin Henry (Geography and Urban Studies) and student Kelley Alexander Simon for Geographic Disparities in Access to Comprehensive Stroke Centers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Delaware
  • Rebeca Hey-Colón (Spanish and Portuguese) and student Maighdlin Elizabeth Lagonegro-Coar for Channeling Knowledges: Afro-diasporic Waters in Latinx and Caribbean Worlds
  • Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek (Psychology) and student Nicole Toltzis for Multi-communication and Children: The Influence of Technology on Trust and Judgement
  • Johanna Jarcho (Psychology) and student Caroline Kessler for The Effects of Childhood Unpredictability and COVID-Related Sheltering-in-Place on Mental Health
  • Laura McGrath (English) and student Robert Russell Magee for Book Data
  • Laura McGrath (English) and student Nikki Gallant for Book Data
  • Alan McPherson (History) and student Igor Piovezan for The Impact of Iran-Contra on U.S. Democracy
  • Lauren Olsen (Sociology) and student Olivia Quartey for Examining Opportunities and Barriers to Underrepresented Student Advancement Along the Premedical Track
  • Vinay Parikh (Psychology) and student Miranda Targum for AChE Regulation and Individual Differences in Cognitive Aging
  • Moritz Ritter (Economics) and student Zainab Malik for Impact of Child Marriage on Human Capital Outcomes
  • Eileen Ryan (History) and student David Devine for Heroes of Italian Unification and the Abolitionist Movement
  • Thomas F Shipley (Psychology) and student Kalya Brown for Robotics Engineering Design Decisions and the Influence of Disciplinary Expertise
  • David V. Smith (Psychology) and student Scott Blender for Causal Modeling of Corticostriatal Connectivity During Reward Processing
  • Sandra Suarez (Political Science) and student Patricia Almodovar for Amazon Women: Technological Change, Housework, and Privacy in Comparative Perspective

Fall 2021

  • Lisa Briand (Psychology) and student Abigail Jurewicz for Influence of Social Isolation During Adolescence on Social reward and Opiate Self-administration
  • Deborah Drabick (Psychology) and student Macy Galante for Prevention of Adolescent Emotional and Behavioral Difficulties Among Low-Income, Urban Youth
  • Petra Goedde (History) and student Noor Abdelkader for International History: A Cultural Approach​
  • Alexandra Guisinger (Political Science) and student Samantha Campbell for Trump Championed the White Working Class Man: Does That Explain the New Partisan Gap in Trade Protection?
  • Chelsea Helion (Psychology) and student Adhya Gowda for Action and Motivation Congruency in Assessing Interpersonal Similarity
  • Judith Levine (Sociology) and student Tara Cunniffe for Landing a Job: Moving from College to Employment in the New Economy
  • Patricia Melzer (French, German, Italian, and Slavic) and student Bri McCaffrey for Accessing and Cataloging Digital Archives for Book Chapter 'Feminist Militants’ Response to Sexism and Sexual Violence in the Autonomen'
  • Vishnu Murty (Psychology) and student Kathryn Lockwood for The Interactive Effects of Emotional Arousal on Time Perception and Memory Utilizing the Social Media Platform Tik Tok
  • Adam Shellhorse (Spanish and Portuguese) and student Matheus Fronza for The Modalities of Affect: Language, Feeling, and Intensity in Latin American Literature and Art (1924-2021)
  • E. Rely Vilcica (Criminal Justice) and student Sophia M. Shaiman for Bail Reform in the Era of Progressive Prosecution: Philadelphia as a Case Study
  • Hongling Xie (Psychology) and student Anna Stewart for TBody Image and Risky Sexual Behaviors among College Students: The Moderating Role of Dating App Use
  • Lu Zhang (Sociology) and student Shane A. Binot for A Comparative Study of Public Responses to COVID-19 in the United States and China: What Role Do Political Leaders, Experts, and Media Play?
  • Adam Ziegfeld (Political Science) and student Ellen Kamalyan for The Politics of Election Alliances in India

Past LAURA Scholar Awards