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FrameWorks: A New Program in the Interdisciplinary Humanities

J. Brown
May 6, 2019 

frameworks_main-frameworks.pngThe Honors College, in collaboration with the Office of Undergraduate Research, is announcing the fall 2019 launch of the FrameWorks program. FrameWorks offers a year-long writing intensive mentorship for undergraduates who are interested in publishing in the interdisciplinary humanities. 

Every year, the FrameWorks program will invite students to write an article based on a theme which they may broadly interpret. The theme for 2019-2020 is Wall. With faculty guidance and peer support, FrameWorks Fellows will be taken through the process of conceiving, researching, writing, and editing a critical essay. Fellows will present their essays at the spring 2020 FrameWorks Symposium, and selected articles will be published in FrameWorks, the inaugural edition of a dedicated journal of undergraduate humanities writing.

FrameWorks Fellows benefit from becoming members of a community of diverse, motivated, high-achieving peers. Participants gain presentation and publication experience that will be excellent preparation for graduate school and provide them an edge during the application process. 

The program seeks to raise the profile of undergraduate humanities research in the Honors College, and serve as a pipeline for other funded undergraduate research opportunities. “The FrameWorks program will provide focus and support for essay writing, an important and often neglected co-curricular activity for students across the University,” said William Monroe, dean of the Honors College. “We expect FrameWorks to be a key component of a “culture of writing” at UH, another way that the Honors College can serve the University.”

The FrameWorks program will be directed by UH Honors College faculty member Max Rayneard, who helped build a similar program as a doctoral student in the Comparative Literature Department at the University of Oregon. “The humanities disciplines are at their best when they speak to real lives,” Rayneard said. “FrameWorks gives students an opportunity to define their own area of expertise based on their interests, tastes, and ultimate academic goals.” 

Rising sophomores and juniors of all majors with a GPA of around 3.5 or above can apply—applicants are not required to be humanities majors, or a member of the Honors College to participate. The application submission deadline is May 15, 2019. 

For more information, go to the Frameworks website at, or contact Max Rayneard at