As an MLK Scholar, your independent research project, will unfold over your college career and result in a comparative analysis of how the U.S. and other countries respond to the same social justice issue.

You'll begin by identifying the social or cultural issue that's most meaningful to you to outline your project. What are the problems you see? Why is this issue significant and to whom? What are your research objectives?

In the spring of your senior year, you'll transform what you've learned into a research paper and present your findings to the campus community at the James J. Whalen Academic Symposium. This annual academic symposium provides a forum for students, faculty, and the community to discuss cutting edge research topics and to examine the connection between research and education. The Symposium includes poster, presentation and creative (visual, media and performing arts) sessions by students from all academic disciplines.

MLK Scholar Whalen 2017, 3 scholars presenting research
Past Research Topics
  • Access to health care
  • Portrayals of marginalized identities in media
  • Educational inequities
  • Art and activism
  • Race relations
  • LGBT issues
  • Poverty
  • Immigrant rights
  • Adult development and aging
  • Pay equity
  • Women's rights
  • Child and family welfare
  • Domestic violence
  • Environmental politics