Earl R. Franklin Research Fellowship

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018-19 Franklin grant for undergraduate research! The students below were awarded this grant to support summer research for their B.A. honors theses.

As a senior in The College, Earl R. Franklin (AB, ’65) deliberated between law school and a graduate degree in psychology. He chose the former, but often looked back on his decision.  “I always regretted not having a chance to dig deeper in psychology, and leave my mark at the University of Chicago in that field", he said.  Established in 2006, the Earl R. Franklin Research Fellowship is Franklin’s way of leaving his mark. The Franklin Research Fellowships are awarded to students in the Department of Psychology and in the Department of Comparative Human Development. Based strictly on merit, the fellowship provides each Franklin Fellow with up to $3,000 to pursue research that will lead to a senior honors project during their fourth year. Franklin Fellowship recipients report that the support they receive from the Earl R. Franklin Research Fellowships has played an important role in shaping their interests and career plans. We thank Mr. Franklin for his generosity through the years.

For more information on Mr. Franklin, please see this announcement
For more information on applying, please contact our department administrators


2018-2019 Recipients

Shruthi Basireddy

Temisan Blagogee

Ishani Kejriwal

Nora Sullivan

Emily Tcheng


2017-2018 Recipients

Wyatt Bland

The Disembodied Self: Conceptions of Body and Self among Americans with Multiple Sclerosis

Alison Calentino

No Space to Breathe: Depression as a language of collective anxiety among Hong Kong young adults

Alexis Matthews

Embodying Ubuntu: Managing Substance Abuse in the Western Cape

Isabella Pan

Exploring How Peer Interactions Shape Mental Health Experience and Help-Seeking at the University of Chicago

Hallie Parten

Children of the Corn: Examining the meaning of adolescent employment in the American Midwest

Lauren Smith

Dietary Acculturation in Hispanic Immigrants: Is Latinx Progress being Stunted by Food Choices?


2016-2017 Recipients

Victoria Huang

The Morality of Heterosexual Nonviolent Pornography as Perceived by Undergraduate Women

Jill Lurie

Learning and Remembering in Dachau: Exploring the Paradoxes of Holocaust Education in Modern-day Germany

Spencer Moy

Negotiating Belonging Within Berlin's African Diaspora

Jasmine Ortega

Language, Literacy, and Liaisons: The Effects of an Intermediary Interpreter on Health Literacy and Outcomes

Jasmeen Randhawa

Discrimination, Ethnic Identity, and National Identity in Turbaned Sikh-Americans: A post-9/11 Analysis

Isabel Wellbery

Children Use the "Spirit of the Law" in Making Moral Judgments


2015-2016 Recipients

Andrew Ahn

21st Century Skills for Social Mobility: An Analysis of the Genesys Works Program

Joy Sobowale

Defying Integration: Nigerian Immigrant Parents’ Use of Cultural Repertoires to Transmit Nigerian Values to their Children


2014-2015 Recipients

Helen Ellsworth

Parental explanatory models of Autism Spectrum Disorder and the choice of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

Patricia Graf

Accommodating Stress: How students with psychological disabilities are shaped by their college cultures

Danielle Labotka

The Role of Multilingual Environments on the Development of Pragmatic Competence

Marlene Lorenz

Trait and State Math Anxiety in American Fifth Graders

Kayla Milne

When Diagrams Fail: The Impact of Modality Affordances on Science Learning


2013-2014 Recipients

Sherraine Ashley

In It for the Long Haul: An Exploration of the Framing of Commitment in Cohabiting Unions

Jessica Coon

Let's Do It Together: Spontaneous Negotiation with Children with own Syndrome in Moments of Misunderstanding

John Dulac

Liberation, (Pro)creation, Transformation: Discourses of HIV infection, abjection, and reproductive futurism among bugchasers in an online forum

Lily Lerer

Slowing Down Medicine: The Plural Worlds of Hospice Care

Nia Sotto

Discipline and Perfection: Pro-Anorexia and Dieting as Discourses of Biomedicalization

Roisleen Todd

Cross-Cultural Differences in the Directedness of Action Towards Infants: A Comparison Between U.S. and Mayan Communities

Ava Weiss

Writing Culture in the Reading Room: The Cultural Politics of Place and Space in a “Hispanic” Branch of the Chicago Public Library