Interns-to-Scholars (I2S) Program Begins

Navajo Rug

The world's largest Navajo rug on display inside the historic train depot at La Posada Hotel in Winslow, AZ. Photo: Todd Roth, Navajo-Hopi Observer.

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is excited about the new Interns-to-Scholars (I2S) program, which launched this year. I2S enables undergraduates early in their academic careers to work as interns assisting faculty members on their research, scholarly, or creative projects.

Thirty-eight (38) faculty members submitted intern requests in late spring 2012.  In June, a faculty review committee recommended eighteen (18) of these requests for funding in the fall 2012 semester. Currently, the faculty mentors are reviewing the 99 student applications for these positions and making their selections. The chosen interns will work up to 72 hours during the semester.

These inaugural internships represent a diversity of disciplines in all colleges with undergraduate degree programs. For example, the intern assisting Jennifer McLerran, Assistant Professor in Art History and Museum Studies Program Coordinator, will engage in primary archival research on the world's largest (26' x 36') Navajo rug that is scheduled to be the focal point of an exhibit at a new museum in Winslow, Arizona. Other interns will be working on projects ranging from cinematic storytelling, deforestation, and business ethics to aging policy and end-of-life medical care.

More information about the I2S program, including descriptions of the Fall 2012 internships, can be found on the Undergraduate Research website

Faculty should keep an eye on their email inbox in early November when intern requests for the Spring 2012 semester will be solicited.

Questions about I2S? Contact MaryLynn Quartaroli,, (928) 523-1026.

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