The Marcus Undergraduate Research Assistantship Grant

Monday, March 29, 2021
Professor Rebecca Eissler giving a class lecture in front of a projected screen
Political Science Assistant Professor Rebecca Eissler teaches a class in 2018.

The Marcus Undergraduate Research Assistantship Grant aims to engage students in meaningful research, scholarly, and creative activity by providing them the opportunity to serve as research assistants on a faculty member’s ongoing project.

This grant may fund one or two students to serve as research assistants on their faculty mentor’s ongoing project in 2021 – 22. It awards $1,000 to the faculty mentor and $2,000 to each student.

Research projects are broadly construed to include all disciplines represented in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts.

Applications must be submitted by the faculty member by March 29, 2021.

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Grant recipients will be notified by the end of the spring 2021 semester.



Must be tenured or tenure-track faculty in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts


  • Must be declared undergraduate majors in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts.
  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units in both the fall and spring semesters of academic year 2021 – 2022.
  • Must not be studying abroad in 2021 – 2022.

Proposal Components

  • General Information: Applicant name and contact information
  • A copy of your most recent CV
  • Project Title and Abstract
  • Project Narrative
  • Project timeline for completion of the project including what will be accomplished by student research assistant(s) at each stage.
  • Faculty Mentorship Plan

Proposal Evaluation Criteria

  • Overall quality and clarity of the proposal
  • Realistic scope of the project and the likelihood of completion
  • Potential impact on the student; the value of personal outcomes
  • Ways the project will be collaborative
  • Roles of student and faculty mentor in the project
  • Specific skills the student will acquire through this activity.

2020 – 2021 Marcus Undergraduate Assistantship Grant Winners

Three of the projects include two student assistantships.

  • “A New Critical Edition of ‘Romeo and Juliet’: A Digital Humanities Project.” Students: Jason Bolich, Nicolaz Ruiz. Mentor: Kurt Daw (School of Theatre and Dance).
  • “Shakespeare’s ‘Lear’: A VR/Live Performance Hybrid.” Students: Nicole Carson, Jo Rhoades. Mentor: Elizabeth Hunter (School of Theatre and Dance).
  • “Lexical Variation and Sociolinguistic Style in a Bay Area High School.” Student: Ana Abarca, Shane Cueva. Mentor: Teresa Pratt (English Language and Literature Department).
  • “The Unpublished Works of Elizabeth Anscombe.” Student: Ivan Manriquez Jr. Mentor: Jeremy Reid (Philosophy Department).
  • “From the Left or the Right? Anti-Semitism in Germany Since 2002.” Student: Nicolle Mariani. Mentor: Scott Siegel (International Relations Department).

View previous Marcus Undergraduate Assistantship Grant winners

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