Italo Alves

Research Mentoring Program 2024 (applications closed)

📚 Are you an undergraduate student interested in exploring research opportunities in philosophy?

🎓 The Research Mentoring Program is a 6 to 8-week summer research program that provides an opportunity for undergraduates to learn more about graduate studies and graduate-level research while supporting the mentorship training and research of a doctoral student. Undergraduates will also receive a $1,500 stipend for serving as a research assistant. 

📚 Project Description

You’re invited to apply for an opportunity to contribute to a dissertation project conducted by Italo Alves, a doctoral candidate in the Philosophy Department.

The project, entitled The Social Aesthetics of Recognition, explores how different forms of self-presentation (the way a person dresses or speaks) can convey recognition claims (a demand to be perceived or treated in a specific manner).

The study explores the connection between social norms and self-presentation and draws from contemporary critical theoryaesthetics, and 20th-century social philosophy.

Find a detailed description of the project here.

🧑‍💻 Undergraduate Work

Together with your research mentor, you will work on and learn about:
✨ the structure of graduate research,
📋 how to structure a research project,
🔍 how to carry out exploratory research,
📚 how to conduct literature reviews, and
📝 writing annotated bibliographies and reading reports.

The work includes check-in meetings about progress, a final presentation meeting where the doctoral candidate and the undergraduate assistant share their research accomplishments, and a joint poster or oral presentation at the Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium or Graduate Research Symposium.

📅 Application Deadline

March 1st, 2024 at LUROP (

📧 Questions? Reach out to Italo Alves at