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New Internship – Researching Housing Access and Discrimination

Prof. Fiona Vernal-Wright from history will be offering URBN 3981-003 (class no. 18218) and URBN 3991-003 (class no. 18219) this spring in Storrs in Spring of 2019.


Prof. Vernal-Wright will be offering an internship that is customizable for the students.  A team of students under her supervision will work towards the common goal of researching the history of housing access and discrimination in the greater Hartford area from the 1940s. Students will read widely for a month in the literature around African American, West Indian and Puerto Rican migration to the regions, around the rise and fall of public housing and the history of Fair Housing Act and other civil rights interventions. Students will end their readings with Matthew Desmond’s Evicted.

Students will delve into different areas of the research–photo collections, newspaper articles from various archival collection at HPL and Dodd, and the state library.  Students will meet as a team to digest the research and to begin crafting  a 20-22 panel exhibition that will premiere at the Thomas J. Dodd center in April and run through the summer.  The hope is that the exhibit might travel throughout the state and that another team can iterate a curriculum guide for teachers.

Students should be encouraged to contact Prof. Vernal-Wright with any questions or for a permission number.

SURF AWARD – Information Sessions (Nov. 13, 14, & 29)

  • SURF Award Program – Information Sessions

    The Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) Award program provides thousands of dollars in support of undergraduate students’ summer research or creative projects. The SURF program is open to undergraduate students in all majors at all campuses who plan to graduate no earlier than December 2019. Students can apply for funding of up to $4,000 per student.

    Please encourage interested students to attend one of the upcoming SURF Information sessions to learn how to apply and what makes an application successful!

    Information Sessions:

    • Tuesday, November 13, 4:00-5:00pm, McHugh Hall 108
    • Wednesday, November 14, 4:00-5:00pm, McHugh Hall 201
    • Thursday, November 29, 4:00-5:00pm, McHugh Hall 206

    Note: The SURF application will open in early December. The application deadline is February 4, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Additional information on the SURF Award program can be found at

    For more information, contact: Jodi Eskin at

UCS Spring 2019 Schedule

Below is the UCS Spring 2019 course schedule. Please remember that course information may periodically change. We will update the schedule on the website and/or send out emails when significant changes occur. If you have not already made an appointment to meet with your UCS advisor, please do so as soon as possible since some classes have limited seats.

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If you are interested in taking a course in Hartford or Storrs, please be aware that CT Transit has an express bus route no. 913 available to students. Below are links to UConn’s Transit Pass and CT Transit’s Route 913 Schedule:

UConn U-Pass

Route 913 CT Transit Express – Downtown Hartford to Storrs Schedule (8/2018)


10/4 – Engaging Stakeholders in the I-84 HTFD Project… HTFD Event

Please join us for a presentation and discussion regarding I-84’s Hartford project planning process. Planners, Marcy Miller and Mike Morehouse, from Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc., one of the Hartford firms leading the redesign of I-84 through the city will lead the discussion.

Urban Semester Program 50 Years Strong – Daily Campus Article

This year mark’s the 50th anniversary of the Urban Semester Program.

To download the article visit the Daily Campus website.

Funding Opportunities for student Research Projects – Fall Deadlines

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) offers a variety of funding programs for students. Below is a brief description of the various funding opportunities as well as  fall 2018’s application deadlines. Click on the links below for further information.


SHARE Awards: Monday, October 22, 2018 deadline

The Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Research Experience (SHARE) Awards are a research apprenticeship program that pairs undergraduate research assistants with faculty mentors so students can develop research skills while contributing to a research project in the spring semester. Student-faculty teams apply jointly for $2,000 awards, which comprise a $1,500 student stipend and a $500 faculty mentor stipend. This is an opportunity to involve a beginning researcher in one of your active projects or to pursue a project you develop together.

UConn Co-op Legacy Fellowship Program: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 deadline

This award program provides undergraduates the opportunity to pursue summer research projects, service initiatives, and creative endeavors that represent the legacy of the UConn Co-op’s commitment to public engagement, innovation, and social impact. Selected students will complete a series of activities in spring 2019 to develop their projects and enhance their leadership skills. Fellows will receive up to $5000 to support summer project expenses.

UConn IDEA Grant Program: Monday, December 17, 2018 deadline for summer funding

This UConn IDEA Grant program provide funding and support for student-designed projects, including artistic and creative endeavors, research projects, prototyping and entrepreneurial ventures, and service initiatives. There are two application cycles per year, with deadlines in the fall and in the spring.  Students can apply individually or as part of a small group working collaboratively on a project. Grants of up to $4000 per student are available.



P/T Communications Coordinator – CT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs

CT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs has a new half-time Communications Coordinator position, the individual will help implement a strategic communications plan to support organizational growth and successful issue campaigns.  They are seeking candidates with at least two years’ experience in grassroots community organizing, labor/student organizing or political campaigns.  Salary and benefits will be commensurate with the selected candidate’s skills and experience, and the position could expand to full-time, as funding allows.

Download the full position announcement with instructions for applying.



Please note: Job postings are being provided for informational purposes only. Anyone interested in applying for one of these positions is responsible for verifying all related information. The Urban and Community Studies Program, nor the University is recommending these employers nor guaranteeing the accuracy of the information furnished in the job posting.

Fall 2018 Course Schedule

Dear Students,

Below is UCS’ course flyer for Fall 2018.  If you have any questions regarding our course offerings, please contact your UCS faculty advisor or the program at 959-200-3771.

To download the schedule click here.






Spring 2018 Course Schedule

Dear Students,

UCS has updated our Spring 2018 course flyer. The information for our Storrs’ courses now appears to be up-to-date in the Student Admin System. If you have any questions regarding our course offerings, please contact your UCS faculty advisor or the program at 959-200-3771. Please disregard previous version dates 10.18.17.

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Fall and Summer 2017 UCS Schedules

It’s that time again. Students who have not made appointments with their advisor are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. If you have any questions regarding the schedule, please contact your advisor.



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