Student Projects, Research and Awards

In the Department of Spanish, Latina/o and Latin American Studies we understand the importance of student research for a complete liberal arts experience. The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has advocated for student research as one of the “high-impact practices” that can transform students’ lives since it can “involve students with actively contested questions, empirical observation, cutting-edge technologies, and the sense of excitement that comes from working to answer important questions” (High Impact).

The majors and minors in the department are encouraged to engage in research throughout their years at MHC by developing specific projects inside as well as outside the classrooms (through CBL or at internships), and by completing an independent research that, in may cases, culminates in a Honor Thesis.

The Department also offers award opportunities for students who show an extraordinary commitment to their majors, through their academic work and their collaboration.

Kristin C. Johnson '15
Kristin Johnson '15: My thesis fills an important gap in Mexican-American history and more accurately represents their role in post WWII labor movements.
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Grants from the Fulbright Program will support MHC winners’ graduate study and independent research, and send two to teach English in Europe and Asia.
Zilin Cui '11
Zilin Cui '11: I learned how to engage with Spanish speakers on a cultural, intellectual and professional level, and became a true world citizen.
Mika Weissbuch, Podcasts for Peace
Mika Kie Weissbuch '11: while researching privatization in and around Managua’s municipal dump, we got the idea to start a children’s community center.
As a Mount Holyoke student, Sara R. Haviland ’03 interviewed life-long civil rights activists for her thesis — leading to a doctorate and her first book.
The Lynk: Connecting Curriculum to Career
Obdulia Valle '15: I want to teach students about the Spanish language, cultures and people that encompass this language in Latin America and the US.