The Arnhold Undergraduate Research Fellows Program is part of an initiative to help foster undergraduate research within the English Department at UC Santa Barbara. It was made possible by a generous donation from John and Jody Arnhold. John Arnhold received his B.A. in English from UCSB in 1975; in a letter describing the terms of his gift to the school, he wrote that he is “particularly interested in ensuring [his] support enhances teaching and integrating the undergraduate teaching and research experience.” With this vision in mind, the Arnhold Undergraduate Research Fellows Program is designed to aid and encourage English majors who want to conduct research beyond the level of ordinary course assignments.
The two-year program provides the opportunity for qualified English majors to receive extra guidance and assistance as they pursue their research goals. The Fellows will benefit from one-on-one research mentoring from the Arnhold Graduate Fellow; special workshops and panels designed to address questions about research, graduate school, careers after school, etc; and the opportunity to present their research professionally, both by participating in an end-of-year Research Showcase, and by having their work published in Emergence, the Arnhold Undergraduate Research Fellows Program online journal. Second-year fellows will have the opportunity to act as reviewers, editors or research assistants for Emergence and as mentors for first-year Arnhold Fellows.
Successful performance in the program leads to graduating with the designation of “Arnhold Undergraduate Research Fellow” (for one year’s participation) and “Arnhold Undergraduate Research Mentor” (for the second year’s participation). This program is especially recommended for students who plan to apply to professional school or to graduate school in the humanities.