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Welcome to the Olaniyan Scholars Program website.  My name is Dr. Ronda C. Henry Anthony, and I am writing to introduce you to a wonderful  undergraduate research program at the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.  This program promotes the development of undergraduate research, civic engagement, and professional experiences.  The program’s scholarly and academic activities, and the scholarship and research produced, focus on Africana Studies—the study of people of African descent in Africa and scattered around the globe.  This program provides exciting opportunities for students, as well as aiding in providing the financial support students need to focus on and succeed in their academic pursuits.

The program emphasizes undergraduate research.  Scholars work with full-time faculty mentors to develop a research project that they can then present at conferences, symposiums, and undergraduate research  forums.  This work can also be used to garner further funding and support for scholars.  The program also promotes community involvement and internships, which allow scholars to work with community partners to enrich the lives of people of African descent in Indianapolis.

Students are eligible to remain in the program for up to four years.   Thus, when scholars graduate, they have had the opportunity to develop both the academic training to go to graduate school and the professional experience and contacts to begin a career.

As you can tell this is an absolutely wonderful program that demonstrates IUPUI’s and the IU School of Liberal Arts’ commitment to the lives, histories, and traditions of people of African descent.  Moreover, it also shows the university’s commitment to developing a cohort of academically-gifted and professionally-equipped graduates who are prepared to make an impact in a culturally-diverse world.  I am very grateful to be a part of such an awesome endeavor, and I hope that you will also have the opportunity to share in making this program an unqualified success!

Best Wishes,

Dr. Ronda C. Henry Anthony
Public Scholar of African American Studies and Undergraduate Research
Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies


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