University of California-HBCU Initiative/ NSF REU Pathways Program in Linguistics

Our program is on pause for the summer of 2021. 

The University of California, Santa Barbara

Are you interested in how African-Americans communicate?

 Are you interested in the experiences of African-Americans in higher education around the U.S.?

 Would you like to spend your summer doing research in a beach and mountainside California town?

Would you like free preparation for graduate school: GRE and application help – applications for grad school and fellowships including the Ford Foundation, NSF graduate fellowships, and others?

Apply for the University of California-HBCU Initiative Pathways Program in Linguistics!

In the winter prior to the summer program year, you will take a special small, seminar-style online introductory linguistics course at no cost to you, taught through The University of California Santa Barbara’s Linguistics Department. This course will provide you with a shared foundation in linguistics and help you develop your research interests.

In the spring, you will form a research group with other students depending on your general research interests and will participate in monthly planning meetings via Skype to develop a collaborative research topic.

You will carry out research activities for 15 hours per week during the summer program. These activities include weekly lab meetings with the faculty advisor for each group, twice-weekly meetings with a graduate student mentor, and individual research and analysis, to be presented to and discussed with team members at the lab meetings. We will also have weekly research trips on Fridays. You will also take research-related coursework for 10 hours per week. The remaining time will be spent in graduate school preparation, professional development and networking, and social activities.

Eligible students will typically be in their second or third year of undergraduate study.

To apply, submit the following materials:

  • a one-page statement of purpose
  • a one-page personal achievements statement
  • an undergraduate transcript
  • a CV or résumé
  • two faculty letters of recommendation

Informal Skype interviews will be conducted with shortlisted applicants.

For more information, contact Professor Anne Charity Hudley at

Information about other project personnel can be found here: