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Welcome to the Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Research Website

This page serves as a portal to provide information to students and Faculty on new initiatives to support the involvement of undergraduate students in research and to showcase the achievements of our students.

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Congratulations to the 2016 Arts Undergraduate Research Internship Award (ARIA) Recipients

Photo by Laura Di Maio.

The Faculty of Arts is pleased to announce that 37 students are recipients of the 2016 Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Research Internship Awards (ARIA).

Established by Dean Christopher P. Manfredi in 2010, the purpose of the Arts Undergraduate Research Internship Award (ARIA) is to support undergraduate students who undertake research during the summer under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Students contribute to the professor's research agenda while gaining useful academic research skills.


Congratulations to Isabella Mello, Recipient of the 2016 Rosalind Goodman Arts Research Internship Award (ARIA)

Isabella Melo, U3, Art History
Isabella is majoring in Art History and minoring in Management. Isabella is interning for McGill's Visual Arts Collection, coordinating and researching artworks on McGill's campus, as well as designing an art and architecture tour. Isabella is particularly interested in museum practices and interdisciplinary arts administration, and is looking forward to engaging with these at McGill and beyond.


6th Annual Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Research Event

The 6th Annual Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Research Event took place on January 19th, 2016. The event celebrated the contributions of undergraduate students to research within the Faculty of Arts at McGill. The Arts Undergraduate Research Event featured presentations and exhibits by students who were involved in independent or supervised research projects or who received an Arts Research Internship Award (ARIA) in Summer 2015.

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Arts Research Internship Awards (ARIA)

Established by Dean Christopher P. Manfredi in 2010, the purpose of the Arts Undergraduate Research Internship Award (ARIA) is to support undergraduate students who undertake research during the summer under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Students contribute to the professor’s research agenda while gaining useful academic research skills. The ARIA program is supported by generous contributions from McGill alumni, the Dean of Arts and the Arts Undergraduate Society.

For program information see:
Information for Students | Information for Professors

To learn more, click here.

For the 2015 ARIA recipients, click here.


MyArts Research

MyArts Research: Library Skills for Success

For the fifth consecutive year, librarians at McGill’s Humanities & Social Sciences Library, in collaboration with Arts Undergraduate Research, will be offering MyArts Research: Library Skills for Success - a two-part hands-on library research workshop specifically designed for Arts undergraduates.

The content focuses on specialized research resources and processes that students should be aware of, as well as more general transferable skills for navigating information that will be useful to students now and throughout their professional lives, academic and otherwise. Attendees will come away with the ability to:

  • identify and effectively use relevant, specialized resources;
  • connect with personalized library services;
  • harness the power of citation software, creating bibliographies and citing as they go.

Students can register for both MyArts Research modules here.


2015 U21 Undergraduate Research Conference in Auckland, New Zealand

Katherine Cashman is a McGill University undergraduate with a major in Geography (Urban Systems) and a minor in Anthropology. Her academic interests include sustainable urban design, development, and food systems. In summer 2014 Katherine received the Arts Research Internship Award (ARIA) to complete a qualitative research project in Hanoi, Vietnam, supervised by McGill geography professor, Dr. Sarah Turner. The project aims to gather as much qualitative data as possible on the social connections involved in the commodity chain of spices (such as cardamom, cinnamon, and star anise) from their point of growth in Northern Vietnam to their consumption in Hanoi and beyond. Katherine worked with local scholar and translator Ngo Hanh to complete thirty in-depth interviews with spice traders in various traditional markets of Hanoi. Katherine also mapped and ethnographically observed each market in order to discover patterns and interactions between suppliers, sellers, and buyers. Katherine’s paper titled “Spices Along the Commodity Chain: The Livelihood of Spice Trade in the Neighborhood Markets of Hanoi, Vietnam” interprets the interviews and observations to show the sustainability of traditional livelihoods in Hanoi’s spice trade. In 2015 Katherine was nominated to attend the U21 Undergraduate Research Conference in Auckland, New Zealand to present the research.