Undergraduate Research Ambassadors Program

Project Descriptions

  • Amil Kumar: Against the backdrop of the proposed AZ House Senate Bill  2862, this project looks at middle and high school student direct involvement in their own education process and product and recommends a new “personalized education” paradigm for educating and being educated.
  • Saiarchana Darira: This project focuses on strategies that an academic institution of higher education--specifically, Arizona State University--can use to support refugee mental health.
  • McKenzie Lane: This project explores the gender-specific burnout and compassion fatigue in women during COVID-19.
  • Ivan Quintana: This project looks at the local and AZ state-level causes behind the decreased enrollment of African American and Latinx males in postsecondary education, a gender gap between college men and women that existed long before but exacerbated by the pandemic.

This Ambassadorship provides an opportunity for students to complete a research-based applied project that considers a social justice issue, under the mentorship of an ASU faculty member. This project will be presented publicly via a Project Humanities event. For more information on what constitutes an applied project, please see our Project Expectations section below. 

This Ambassadorship will span January 2022 through June 2022. Each ambassador is required to connect with an ASU benefits-eligible faculty member to serve as their mentor. Ambassadors will meet with their mentor at least twice monthly and to attend cohort meetings twice monthly. Ambassadors will dedicate 5-7 hours a week on such meetings and independent work. Ambassadors will attend at least two Project Humanities public events.

Ambassadors will receive a $2500 stipend at the completion of the program. Cost of research materials will be reimbursed up to $500. Mentors will receive a stipend of $1000 at the completion of the program. (NOTE:  Only benefits eligible faculty can be compensated for this mentoring service.)


  • Currently enrolled ASU undergraduate students from all majors and years of study
  • Applicant must identify and have commitment from an ASU faculty mentor
  • No GPA requirement.
  • Applicant must commit to full 6-month term for project completion


Your proposal should address the following:

  • Feasibility of proposed project, including a clear plan for completion
  • The who, what, when, where, why, and how details of project
  • Comparative review of similar projects and what makes this project different
  • Personal experience, academic background and/or prior knowledge of topic

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be ranked based on the following criteria: 1 (poor2 (fair3 (good4 (excellent)

  • Project relevance and timeliness
  • Project feasibility
  • Proposal quality (clarity, thoughtfulness, comprehensiveness)

Project Expectations

All projects funded by Ambassadors program will complete an applied project to be publicly presented in May/June 2022 via a Project Humanities program.

For questions or concerns, please email projecthumanities@asu.edu.