The Urban Research Initiative is a curriculum project that aims to promote undergraduate research in the World Cultures and Literatures Program. Beginning in Fall 2009, students are developing original research projects related to urban issues and life experiences in courses offered at all levels of our Program. All students in our introductory core curriculum courses, as well as students in some advanced course offerings, are learning how to formulate research questions, evaluate previous research in the field, offer their peers constructive feedback on their research, and refine their own writing and editing skills.
Student projects undertaken as part of the Urban Research Initiative range from analyses of the representation of urban space in world films and literature to documenting the experiences of people from different countries and the communities that they have established in Houston. A selection of these projects may be accessed through the links to the left.
Funding for the Urban Research Initiative has been provided through a grant from the University of Houstonís Faculty Development Initiative Program (FDIP). For more information about the FDIP, visit