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ETS Major Named a CFSA Young Research Fellow

May 9, 2017
Natalia Rice, a first-year English and Textual Studies major, is one of four students who have been selected for the Syracuse University Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising's Young Research Fellows Program. The pilot program gives students access to significant research funding over two years to support research and creative activity during the summer and/or academic year. The program will encourage students to think broadly about opportunities for independent research and creative work over the course of their academic careers, and will facilitate group mentoring and training for the interdisciplinary cohort. The Young Research Fellows will also serve as student ambassadors to promote research and creative inquiry on campus during their two-year term.

In her studies, Rice has predominantly been utilizing literature such as Nella Larsen’s Quicksand and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man as a source to explore her academic interest in race relations. As a YRF, she plans to develop this interest further through research on the modes of racial belonging and site of segregation on college campuses. She will begin exploring relevant texts and archives that will aid in the development of this topic. She also plans to add a second major in Sociology and pursue minors in African American Studies and Spanish in order to support her research interests.

Rice's faculty mentor, Dr. Meina Yates-Richard, had this to say about her student's research: "At this time, I am pointing her to resources such as literary and historical texts, archives, census records, and the like," primary research that will inform Rice's understanding of "American racial relations and the spatial logics of integration and segregation over a broad span of time." In the second phase of her research, Yates-Richard says, Rice "will employ a multi-pronged research strategy using surveys, archival research, interviews and formal observation to interrogate the persistence of binary modes of racial interaction and segregation amongst millenials."

<>Congratulations to Rice on this prestigious opportunity!