Student Receives UROP Grant for IHRC Research

Undergraduate student Bahjo Mahamud has received a UROP grant for a creative historical project at the IHRC that combines scholarly research and the strong oral history tradition of the Somali community.

Bahjo Mahamud received an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) grant for an educational project aimed at both Somali and non-Somali audiences, focusing on the culture, oral stories, and historical background of a growing immigrant population in the Twin Cities.

As part of her project, she will research Somali history and culture, produce documentation to accompany the IHRC exhibition “As I See It: Images from the Lives of Twin Cities Youth,? and serve as a docent for group tours.

"Docent-led tours require a great deal of research and the ability to distill knowledge into a public curriculum," according to IHRC Program Director Haven Hawley. Bahjo further brings to the role her experience in public speaking and community knowledge that will allow her to address diverse audiences.

The next deadline for submitting proposals to the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is Monday, October 6, 2008 at 11:59 p.m. CDT. Instructions for submitting proposals will be posted at the beginning of Fall Semester 2008.