Summer Research Opportunities for Philosophy Undergraduates from Underrepresented Backgrounds
It’s that time of year again: the time we start to figure out what we want to do over the summer versus what time and circumstances will permit us to do over the summer. Below, I’ve compiled a list of some opportunities for undergraduate philosophy students who intend to participate in a summer program! Any program that is italicized means that I have participated in the program and would be willing to answer any further questions you may have or help you with your application! Good luck! (I will update this as I find new information and updates!)
DEADLINE: JANUARY 31ST 2018
This program’s theme for 2018 is “Philosophy and Public Life” and will run from June 27th – July 6th! It is located at Penn State and the “goal of the program is to show under-represented undergraduate students that they have a place in philosophy.” The speakers/faculty for the program will be Robert Bernasconi (“critical philosophy of race and on Kant, Hegel, Heidegger, Levinas, and Fanon”), Alfred Frankowski (“critical philosophy of race, African American and Africana philosophy, aesthetics, post-colonialism, critical genocide studies, 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy and Contemporary Political Philosophy”), Nathifa Greene (“theoretical and applied ethics, social and political philosophy, feminist theory, and Latin American and Caribbean philosophy”), Mariana Ortega (“Women of Color Feminisms, in particular Latina Feminisms, 20th Continental Philosophy, Phenomenology (Heidegger), Philosophy of Race, and Aesthetics. Her research focuses on questions of self and identity, as well as visual representations of race, gender, and sexuality”), Shay Welch (“Native American Philosophy, Feminist Ethics, and Social/Political Philosophy; she teaches courses on freedom, ethics, sex, and Native philosophy”), and Kyle Whyte (“moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples and the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and climate science organizations”).
DEADLINE: JANUARY 31ST 2018
While the dates are still TBA, this program is located in Boston and will bring together the following speakers: Avery Archer (“the philosophy of action at the intersection of philosophy of mind, epistemology, and moral psychology. It explores the normative significance of desire and intention and the ways in which it is similar and dissimilar to the normative significance of perception and belief.”), Lionel McPherson (“normativity, the basis and extent of obligations, war and terrorism, and race”), Sally Haslanger (“social and political philosophy, feminist theory and critical race theory”), Michaela McSweeney (“metaphysics, the philosophy of logic, and the philosophy of science”), Jennifer Morton (“philosophy of action, moral philosophy, philosophy of education, and political philosophy”), Dilip Ninan (Philosophy, Linguistics, Philosophy of Language, Semantics), Tamar Schapiro (“ethical theory, history of ethics, practical reasoning and human agency”), and Quayshawn Spencer (Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Biology, and Philosophy of Race).
DEADLINE: MARCH 15TH 2018
“SIPP@Brown is a two week residential program for undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in philosophy and who are members of groups that traditionally have been underrepresented in the field. The dates for the 2018 program will be July 8 to 21.
During the program, participants will attend two daily seminars: The Philosophy of Time, taught by Nina Emery, and Global Justice, taught by David Estlund. They will also participate in regular social and educational activities arranged by the Brown Department of Philosophy, and in the SIPP@Brown Conference. Participants can expect to leave the program with a better understanding of what graduate school in philosophy is like and how to prepare applications for both MA and PhD programs. SIPP@Brown welcomes applications from students currently in their junior year of undergraduate studies who are interested in pursuing a career in philosophy and who identify with a traditionally underrepresented group in the field. These groups include women, African Americans, Chicano/as, Latino/as, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, LGBTs, economically disadvantaged communities, and people with disabilities. We will also accept applications from students who are in their senior year, or who already have a degree, as long as they have not yet applied to graduate school.”
Information is still being added to the website but here is some info about past summers:
“SPWP welcomes applications from women who are US or Canadian citizens and are currently enrolled in an accredited 4-year college or university; women who are citizens of other countries are also eligible to apply if they are currently enrolled in an accredited 4-year college or university within the US. Preference will be given to applicants who will have just finished their penultimate year (typically: junior year) at the time of the program. Those who have finished their sophomore year are also eligible, as are students who will have graduated by the time of the program but will not be attending graduate school the subsequent fall. For those who are not eligible but are planning to apply to graduate school, check out past SPWP workshops on our YouTube channel.”
“CUSP is an all-expense paid 2-day workshop held at the Pennsylvania State University each April for up to 8 promising prospective graduate students in philosophy from traditionally underrepresented groups (such as, African Americans, Chicano/as and Latino/as, Native Americans, Asian Americans).
During their visit to campus, students will present their writing samples and have the opportunity to respond to questions. Additionally students will be exposed to the life of philosophy in the department and to the discipline of philosophy more broadly by attending workshops and lectures, speaking with graduate students and faculty, and investigating what it means to pursue a graduate degree in philosophy at the Pennsylvania State University.
The Department of Philosophy is grounded in the history of philosophy pursued in an international context, with specialties in Continental and American philosophy. The program is committed to fostering and promoting genuine dialogue across international borders and philosophical traditions, both established and emerging.”
DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1ST 2018
This is a ” fully paid summer internship that provides undergraduates with training and mentoring in the principles underlying the conduct of research and prepares them to pursue competitive applications to PhD or MD-PhD programs. The culminating event of the Summer Research program is the Leadership Alliance National Symposium, where ongoing professional development, mentoring and networking occurs among the Alliance family of undergraduates, graduate students, our doctoral scholars, faculty and administrators.”
DEADLINE: MARCH 1ST 2018
This program will run from June 10th – June 29th! “The Colorado Summer Seminar in Philosophy is intended for outstanding advanced undergraduates who are considering graduate school in philosophy. The aim is to introduce students to the atmosphere of a graduate-level seminar, giving them a chance to explore their philosophical abilities and interests before they commit to a graduate program.” Students who successfully complete the seminar will receive graduate credit!