Fourteen graduate students from the Department of History have been selected to participate in a pilot Student Mentoring and Research Teams (S.M.A.R.T) program.
Overseen by the UC-Berkeley Graduate Division, S.M.A.R.T matches undergraduates with advanced graduate student mentors to conduct research that will constitute valuable preparation for the future studies and work of both mentor and intern.
With the help of up to $9,500 in grants to each project, graduate mentors will direct undergraduate interns on a variety of research activities, such as assisting with archival and literature searches, organizing data collection, and engaging in supervised independent inquiry.
S.M.A.R.Tpromises to be a constructive educational and professional experience for team members. While Graduate student mentors will benefit from research assistance, undergraduate interns will benefit from gaining new insights into their classroom instruction, skills in both collaboration and independence, methodological skills and exposure to advanced knowledge.
The fourteen graduate student grant winners represent the breadth of research interests of the Department of History. They include Jason Rozumalski (early modern Europe), Samuel Robinson (early modern Europe), Andrej Milivojevic (modern Europe), Scott Paul McGinnis (East Asian), India Mandelkern (British Studies), Sarah Gold (America after 1607), Andra Chastain (Latin America), and Ryan Action (America after 1607).
-Alex Coughlin, History Staff