Humanities Working Group Application
ABOUT: The Glasscock Center encourages interdisciplinary research and scholarship by providing up to $1,500 in annually renewable support to self-constituted groups of faculty and students engaged in exploration of thematically related research questions in the humanities. These groups may designate themselves working groups, research clusters, reading groups, study seminars, or the like. Participants share the goal of stimulating intellectual exchange through discussion, writing, viewing, reading, and other activities that further their inquiries into common scholarly concerns. The Center makes space available for the meetings of these groups. Information about existing humanities working groups can be found here.
Each working group submits an account of its activities and a request for renewal at the end of the academic year. We ask to be informed of grants or publications that derive from or are influenced by individuals’ experiences with these groups. Working groups are expected to meet or hold events a minimum of twice a semester. Any non-consumable materials purchased using these funds (such as books or DVDs) remains the property of Texas A&M University and should be donated to the Glasscock Center Library once they have been used by the working group.
ELIGIBILITY: The Glasscock Center requires that working groups make annual public calls for membership to the university community and assists with these calls.
Aggie Research Scholars Program for Undergraduates
Participation in authentic research is one of the highest-impact experiences undergraduate students can obtain, and is increasingly recognized by employers and admissions committees as a valuable indicator of future success. Unlike the traditional 1-on-1 research apprenticeship, Aggie Research Scholars perform research in teams led by an experienced graduate student or postdoctoral fellow. Team Leaders benefit from recruiting diverse members with complementary talents, skills, backgrounds, and interests. Because authentic research projects can last years, underclassmen are usually recruited to replace graduating seniors. Those who develop growing interest and talent for research often continue multiple semesters, taking on greater responsibility for research and mentorship of new team members.
- Gain valuable research experience in a multidisciplinary team
- Develop opportunities to produce publishable research
- Network with practicing scholars and secure professional references
- Earn certification as an Aggie Research Scholar
To join the program, prospective participants must:
- Be an undergraduate student (any major or classification)
- Be selected by a Team Leader (and approved by Faculty Mentor)
- Complete an Aggie Research Scholars Registration form following recruitment
To earn certification as an Aggie Research Scholar, participants must:
- Participate for at least one semester (or Summer Session)
- Attend weekly team meetings
- Submit weekly progress reports
- Complete pre- and post-program evaluations
Review Current Projects to find opportunities that align with your interests, professional goals, and availability. Contact a Team Leader to learn more about a project and explore joining the team. If selected as a new team member by the Team Leader, you will be notified by email and provided a registration form. Team Leaders may incorporate you into their teams at any time, although most students join before the start of a semester.
Explorations provides an opportunity for undergraduates to publish articles of general interest and creative works based on their research findings, scholarly or creative activity. The target audience includes parents, former students, and current high school seniors as well as the faculty, staff, and students of Texas A&M University as well as other institutions of higher learning.
Explorations accepts submissions from Texas A&M University undergraduates for content articles, creative pieces and cover art. Submissions from students at other institutions who have conducted their scholarly or creative work at Texas A&M are also eligible for publication. Articles and the creative sidebars that accompany creative pieces should be based on one’s current scholarly activity and written to be of interest to a general audience, which includes the students, faculty, and staff of the universities of the Texas A&M University System and other institutions of higher learning, as well as parents, former students, and prospective high school seniors.
Synopsis Submission Guidelines
Explorations will accept research and scholarly synopsis submissions until December 2, 2016 at 11:59 PM. If you are interested in submitting, please review the guidelines below and begin your application.
Note: TAMU students must login to the application with a TAMU NetID and Password. There is a separate application for non-TAMU students that does not require TAMU credentials. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions and our submission requirements or the submission application.
General Guidelines and Tips:
- Authors must be undergraduate students at the time of submission.
- Synopsis submissions should be clear, concise and understandable to a general audience.
- Any technical jargon must be defined; limit use of technical jargon.
- Keep in mind that Synopsis submissions are a snapshot of what your article will cover, not a research proposal. All data must be obtained by February 1, 2017.
- Projects must be original, research can have been performed:
- Under the supervision of a an outside party, while you were enrolled as an undergraduate at a Texas A&M University campus. (Note: Authors that fit under this category MUST find a Texas A&M faculty member who will serve as an advisor for this article.)
- Under the supervision of a Texas A&M University faculty member, while enrolled in a summer research program (in this case, the author does not have to be a Texas A&M student) as an undergraduate.
- Under the supervision of a Texas A&M University faculty member, while you were enrolled as an undergraduate at a Texas A&M University campus.
- Projects must be interesting and relevant to a general audience:
- Explorations is not only distributed to the campus community, but to parents, businesses, other universities, donors, etc. Assume that your audience is not necessarily familiar with your field of study.
- Focus on impacts and the big picture.
- Only write about technical implementation/methods as it relates to above.
- Faculty approval (endorsement) is required for all research and scholarly synopsis submissions. Formal faculty approval will be requested at a later date. Please ensure that you enter the correct faculty contact information in the submission application.
In your synopsis, you will be expected to answer the following questions:
Please give thoughtful, succinct responses. Your responses will be considered along with the synopsis when considering your submission for advancement.
- We will ask you to choose from the following to classify your article’s research discipline:
- Hard Science (includes Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics, etc.)
- Humanities (includes Religion, Gender Studies, Linguistics, Languages, Philosophy, English, History, Art, etc.)
- Life Science (includes Biology, Geoscience, Spatial Science, etc.)
- Social Science (includes Communication, Anthropology, Archaeology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Policy and Administration, Psychology, Sociology, etc.)
- Where did you conduct the research for this project?
- What were your objectives for taking on this project? Did you achieve these objectives?
- Briefly describe your methods.
- What were your specific contributions to this project?
- What were your most important findings or results? What is the significance of these findings or results?
- If you do not yet have results, when do you expect to complete your project or obtain results? Be as specific as possible.
- Explain why this project is a timely, significant, and relevant research project.
- Why is your topic important?
- How is your topic relevant? Who is it relevant to?
- PROPOSALS WITH MULTIPLE AUTHORS:
- Only ONE submission per team proposal. Please identify a Primary Contact for your team before submitting. The application will ask for co-authors. Please email us at email@example.com for further instructions for teams.
Note: Submission of a synopsis indicates a commitment to a full article if your application is provisionally accepted. If your synopsis is chosen, you will be asked to write an article between 1000 and 2500 words describing your work and its significance in a manner accessible to a broad audience. Authors work with editors and board members to polish their articles. The articles also undergo a second round of faculty and student review. Final articles are chosen from the submission. Provisionally accepted articles undergo further editing and a final review and supporting paperwork (copyright, author biographies, etc.) are required for publication.
Please visit our FAQs for more information, including synopsis writing tips and article formatting guidelines.
Deadline to Submit: December 2, 2016 at 11:59 PM
Volume 9 Synopsis Submission for Non-TAMU Students
Creative Work and Sidebar Guidelines
Explorations will accept creative work submissions until Thursday, February 2, 2017. If you are interested in submitting, please review the guidelines below and begin your application. The application for creative works will open in Spring 2017.
- Any type of creative work is acceptable—photographs, short stories, paintings, audio or video productions, and more. If you have a question about the types if creative works that we will accept, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Limit creative works to one submission per person – pick your highest quality piece and only submit that one – we want to see your best!
- All creative works must be accompanied by a creative sidebar of at least 500 words.
- Written creative works must be no more than 3500 words total (includes the sidebar).
- Creative Works and Sidebars should be submitted in a single PDF that contains the following:
- Creative Work Title
- Creative Work (if audio/video, include link to work online)
- Sidebar, minimum of 500 words
- Creative Work PDFs should be formatted with the following criteria:
- Times New Roman typeface
- 12-point font size
- Double spaced text
- Faculty approval (endorsement) is not required for creative work submissions. However, students may still enter faculty information if they worked under a faculty member to create the work.
Your Creative Work Sidebar should attempt to answer the following questions:
- Why did you choose the topic?
- Who or what are your inspirations and creative influences for your piece?
- How does the medium you chose express the idea you are displaying?
- What do you see in your piece that reflects your inspirations?
- What studies were done to develop your piece? How did these studies contribute to its persuasiveness, depth, vision and style?
The deadline to submit a creative work and sidebar is February 2, 2017.
Questions should be directed to the Explorations Executive Board at email@example.com.
The LASUR Journal will be a bi-annual research outlet and NOT simply a creative expression.
Students majoring or minoring in subjects in Liberal Arts and Social Sciences can co-author with peers as well as faculty members and submit their work in the spring (mid-April) and the fall (early November).
All submissions are to be made electronically.
All methodological approaches (critical, interpretive, qualitative and quantitative research) are welcome for submission.
Students’ work will then be blind, peer-reviewed by two-three faculty members selected from the editorial review board.
Students will be notified about acceptance, revise and re-submit or rejection within four-five weeks.
Once accepted or asked to revise and re-submit, students will work with faculty members or independently to make the necessary revisions or copyedit their work for final printing.
For articles in languages other than English: Students will need to provide an English summary of research work they have conducted to produce the work. These will be reviewed by subject-matter experts and faculty members from a different background as well.
Spring submission will be published in September of the year and Fall submission will be published the March of following year.
Manuscript Preparation and Submission
All manuscripts should follow the guidelines given below:
Original Work: Submissions to LASUR Journal must not have appeared in any other published form and must not be submitted to any other publication while the manuscript is under review. All work must be original and studies involving human subjects must have received authorization from the relevant authorities. The editor reserves the right to desk-reject paper submissions to the journal if any versions are found online (except in case of course assignment submission to their own University) because previous publication or posting compromises seriously the blind-review process.
APA Style: All submitted original research manuscripts must be prepared in strict accordance with the 6th edition (2nd printing) of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA: see http://www.apastyle.org/). Authors should visit the user-friendly site https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ to check for conformity with the 6th edition of APA style for all parts of their manuscript, including, cover page, page numbers, headers, in-text citations, reference list, quotations, and all other relevant formatting and writing aspects.
Other Sources: Authors that are conducting research using new media and digitally retrieved sources should refer to the following APA link to correctly cite material from social media or other online sources: http://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2013/10/how-to-cite-social-media-in-apa-style.html.
Word Count: Manuscripts should be in the range of 4000 to 6000 words in length (inclusive of references, tables, figures, appendices, and endnotes), with 6500 words observed as the strict maximum (approx. 12-20 pages). The upper limit of 6500 words will be enforced for revised manuscripts as well, so it is in the author’s best interest to anticipate this word count restriction and plan submissions and revisions accordingly. (Manuscripts less than 4000 words may be sent back for inadequate empirical data, weak presentation of evidence, missing references to key work, and insufficient development of arguments.)
Two Electronic Documents for Submission: Two electronic files only in WORD format (.doc or .docx extension) will be needed to complete the submission process. One document is a title page of the manuscript that should provide complete contact information (name, University affiliation, postal address, telephone, and email) and a brief biographical statement for each author. The second and main document (including all tables, figures and appendices) is your original research paper submission. NOTE: We do not accept PDF files.
Other Elements to be Considered and Included in the Main Manuscript (WORD format) are:
- Page 1 of main document must include an abstract (maximum of 120 words) and selected keywords (at least five to eight of author’s own keywords).
- Page 2 starts with title and main text.
- Use standard type (12-point font, Times New Roman) and 1.0 inch margins throughout.
- Double-space the entire manuscript, including, abstract, block quotations, and references.
- Running head should be flush left and all caps, and page numbers should be flush right on each page.
- References are double-spaced; 2nd and subsequent lines should have hanging indent of 0.5 inch (References should also start on a new page).
- All tables, figures, appendices and endnotes should be placed after references.
- Ensure that the identity of the author/authors is concealed in the main manuscript.
- Avoid endnotes and if they are absolutely necessary, keep them to a bare minimum. Do not use footnotes.
- Check for quality of writing. Please proofread paper thoroughly and clean up all grammar, spelling, and typographical errors.
Where to Submit?
All submission should contain the subject: Submission for LASUR Journal – Spring/Fall (year) – last name of first author
Email submissions to: Dr. Sudeshna Roy: firstname.lastname@example.org