RESEARCH IS FORMALIZED CURIOSITY. IT IS POKING AND PRYING WITH A PURPOSE. IT IS A SEEKING THAT [SHE OR] HE WHO WISHES MAY KNOW THE COSMIC SECRETS OF THE WORLD AND THEY THAT DWELL THERE IN…
-FROM DUST TRACKS ON A ROAD BY ZORA NEALE HURSTON
The Olaniyan (Oh-LAWN-eee-yawn) Scholars Program promotes the development of undergraduate research and professional experience through African American and African Diaspora Studies (AAADS), or the study of African peoples still living in Africa and those populations scattered around the globe since slavery and colonization.
The Scholarship Offers:
• Full in-state tuition renewable for up to four years
• A $2,000 stipend per year
• The opportunity to engage in research work with a full-time faculty member
• The opportunity to participate in community internships
Out-of-state students must make special arrangements to cover the difference between in-state and out-of-state costs; out-of-state students should discuss options with the Office of Student Scholarships (317-274-5516) and/or the Office of Student Financial Aid Services (317-274-4162).
Students admitted to the program enter into a highly structured course of study (facilitated through the African American and African Diaspora Studies program) focusing on the lives, history, traditions, interests, and communities of people of African descent. Working with a faculty mentor, scholars conduct research, enroll in specially-designed academic courses, and participate in community internship learning opportunities, expanding their studies beyond the boundaries of the classroom to provide a meaningful and practical way to gain professional experience.
The Olaniyan Scholars Program is highly selective and yet very supportive of student goals. Once each student’s interests and major are identified, the program is customized to enable each scholar to optimize their academic, professional, and career goals. Throughout their years of eligibility, each scholar is not only mentored and supported within the program, but also works under the guidance and mentoring of a faculty member in their chosen area of study. Together the scholar and their faculty mentor design and work on a research project throughout the academic year. Scholars also gain valuable experience, not only as researchers, but in presenting their work at a conference and/or student research forum.
Additionally, scholars participate in community internships in partnership with organizations working to enrich, support, uplift, and encourage African and African American populations in Indianapolis. These internships are crafted to fit student needs and interests.