Lindon Barrett Scholars Mentoring Program

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The Lindon Barrett Scholars Mentoring Program at the University of California, Riverside prepares undergraduates from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) for doctoral study in African American literature and culture.

During the eight- week summer residence program, we expose undergraduate researchers to one-on-one mentoring by UCR faculty, simulate doctoral seminars, help cultivate students’ long-term research projects, and educate them about the academic profession.

This program is named in memory of Lindon Barrett, the late University of California professor known for daring intellectual work and dedicated mentoring.

The Lindon Barrett Scholars Mentoring Program is sponsored by the UC-HBCU Initiative, which seeks ways to attract and enroll scholars from historically excluded populations. Funded by the University of California Office of the President, the UC- HBCU Initiative is designed to support any HBCU student selected, irrespective of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex or gender identity.

In conjunction with UC Riverside’s Mentoring Research Summer Internship Program, we offer:

  • An intensive 8-week research and writing curriculum
  • Specialized training in African American literature and culture with specific emphases on critical theory, rhetoric, radical thought, and gender and sexuality studies,
  • GRE Preparation
  • One-on-one mentoring by University of California Faculty
  • Collaboration with peers
  • Simulated doctoral seminars
  • Social and cultural activities
  • Workshops on oral presentations, graduate school applications and more

Who Should Apply?
Our goal is to recruit students from historically black colleges and universities to pursue doctoral study in English at the University of California (UC). Lindon Barrett Scholars who subsequently apply to and are admitted to the University of California for a Ph.D. program will be assured of funding for graduate study.

We invite applications from students who are interested in conducting research on African American literature and culture and who want to pursue doctoral study. Participants for the eight-week summer research program will be selected through a competitive application process and will receive a $3,000 stipend for participating in the program. Housing and course materials are covered by the program.

Why UC Riverside?
UCR is the most diverse campus in the UC system and is home to a nationally recognized cluster of scholars in American literatures, ethnic studies, and ethnic literatures. We possess a wealth of faculty resources to encourage and support summer research in African American literature.

Who Is Eligible for this Program?

  • Applicant must be in good academic standing at an HBCU and have at least one full year of study ahead of her or him;
  • Applicant must demonstrate interest in and potential for doctoral study in the subfield of African American literary and cultural studies; and
  • Applicant must identify a mentor at her/his home institution to direct the research project upon the intern’s return to home institution and monitor the graduate school application process.

For more information contact Erica Edwards.

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