AHSS student wins SURF grant from ADHE

UALR English major Alisha Karabinus of Little Rock received a Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) grant through the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) for her project Digitalis: A Collection of Short Stories which identifies the lack of telecommunications technology in contemporary fiction.

Karabinus received a stipend of $2900. Part of the grant will allow her to attend the Association of Writers and Writing Program conference in April in Denver, Col.

“Part of my research involves noting which technologies are being used in the fiction written now — and which are not — and how literary tropes are changing due to the inclusion of technologies, I feel it is important for me to keep up with the most recent developments and movements,” Karabinus said.

ADHE received 265 SURF applications from across the state and awarded 134 requests totalling $300,000. Eight of the 134 grants awarded were from UALR students. Karabinus’s proposal was the only one submitted from the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (AHSS).

The SURF award includes student stipend, institution match, mentor award and travel expenses. David Jauss, professor of English, served as Karabinus’s mentor, and English professor Zabelle Stodola assisted Karabinus with the application process and finding matching funds from UALR.

“The conventional wisdom is that the grant process is skewed against students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences,” said Daryl Rice, associate dean of AHSS. “Alisha and Drs. Jauss and Stodola have demonstrated that the gate is not completely closed.”

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