Research in Jewish Studies: How, What, Why?

Deadline for Spring 2019 applications: January 4, 2019

Two CU Boulder students discussing their UROP projects at the Year-End ExhibitionThe Program in Jewish Studies has received an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) grant to support our new undergraduate research program, Research in Jewish Studies: How, What, Why?.

This program will acquaint undergraduate students with the skills to conduct high level, independent, and interdisciplinary research and synthesize their findings into a successful final project. Participation in the program will provide a valuable opportunity for our undergraduate students to enhance their learning experience at the university, improve their ability to create and execute original research, and impress both future employers and potential graduate school admissions committees. The program will run through the Spring 2019 semester.

What the Program Entails:

  1. Students are expected to choose and complete a research project in the Humanities, Fine Arts and/or Social Sciences, which must involve Jewish Studies and the use of primary and secondary sources. This may be a continuation of a previous paper from fall semester, or a paper project from a class this spring. The research may have a creative component to it such as photography, creative writing, and performance art, among others.  Students will be expected to keep a journal with brief entries about the steps they are taking in their research, and they will meet a few times during the semester with Professor Nan Goodman, Director of the Program in Jewish Studies Post-Holocaust American Judaism Collections, to discuss their progress.
  2. Students will attend a presentation by Jewish Studies faculty members who will speak about their own research and explain how they go about it. Students will have an opportunity to ask faculty about their methodologies, sources, and other research-related matters. (Date TBD)
  3. Students will participate in a field trip to the Post-Holocaust American Judaism archive in Norlin Library, led by Professor Nan Goodman. Students will learn about how archives function and how to conduct archival research. (Date TBD)
  4. Students will present their research project at the Jewish Studies End-Of-Year Showcase on Tuesday, May 2, 2019 @ 5:00PM - 7:00PM.


All undergraduate students from the University of Colorado, Boulder are eligible to participate in the program. Students interested in participating in Research in Jewish Studies: How, What, Why?, please submit a short letter of interest to by the deadline, Friday, January 4, 2019.

Research in Jewish Studies: How, What, Why? has been made possible by CU Boulder’s Special Undergraduate Enrichment Program.