The Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) Undergraduate Scholars Program offers University of Miami undergraduate students the opportunity to carry out independent, original research projects using the archival and print materials housed in the Cuban Heritage Collection.  The CHC is one of the world’s largest repositories of research materials about Cuba and the Cuban diaspora that includes rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, architectural drawings, audio-visual materials, newspapers, and other materials from colonial times to the present.

Eligibility and Requirements
Open to all University of Miami undergraduate students, the program requires 10 hours a week of dedicated research time in CHC for 12 weeks during the Spring 2015 semester.  All research projects must be supervised by a faculty mentor. Scholars will receive a stipend of $2,000 for the semester.

As part of their research activities, students are expected to participate in one or more oral presentations about their projects, including the annual Research, Creativity, and Innovation Forum typically hosted in April by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Community Outreach. At the completion of their research activities, CHC Undergraduate Scholars are required to submit a ten to twelve page report to their faculty mentor and to CHC.

Students considering applying to the program are encouraged to contact their faculty advisor and inquire about the possibility of independent study credit.

How to Apply
Interested applicants should meet first with their potential faculty mentor to discuss their proposed research project and second with Meiyolet Méndez, CHC Librarian.

All applications must be received by Friday, December 12, 2014 and submitted electronically to  Applicants must submit:

  1. A completed application form (this form requires the signature both of the faculty mentor and of Ms. Méndez).
  2. A 500-word description of the proposed project describing the purpose of the research and the intended outcome of the research project (e.g., a term paper, honors thesis, presentation, exhibition, etc.).
  3. A list of the specific Cuban Heritage Collection materials to be used for research.
  4. An unofficial copy of the student’s transcript.
  5. A résumé.


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The CHC Undergraduate Scholars program launched in 2010 with a grant from The Goizueta Foundation. Funding for Spring 2014 CHC Scholars provided by the University of Miami Libraries.

Kennia Pluas
Spring 2012 Undergraduate Scholar
"Doing research proved to be an experience that is ineffable. As my first research experience I quickly came to learn that researching was difficult, but rewarding." 
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