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Houston Scholar: Chloe Stowell


“Through the support of the Houston Scholars, I was able to email program professors with more confidence in order to secure this spectacular research opportunity. This funding was my foot in the door; without it, I don’t think that a prestigious research institution like Stanford would have considered my application. Now, I am spending my summer studying under a mentor whose interests align exactly with my own. I couldn’t be more excited.”

Major: Anthropology and Political Science 
Houston Scholars Project: 
Global Justice and the Right to Education
Advisor:  Dr. Rob Reich, Stanford University and Dr. Bradley Smith, University of Houston

Pursuing a double-degree in Anthropology and Political Science, Chloe Stowell has applied to the Leadership Alliance’s Summer Research – Early Identification Program  (SR-EIP) with the intention of pursuing her scholarly interests in political theory and education; specifically understanding education as a political institution in crisis situations. The SR-EIP provides undergraduate students a rigorous and faculty-guided research experience at one of 20 participating institutions of higher education. The program is designed specifically for those undergraduates interested in applying to PhD programs, and at its conclusion, students make oral or poster presentations at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium. 

Chloe will be researching with Professor Rob Reich at Stanford University. Rob Reich is a Professor of Political Theory with appointments in the school of Education and Philosophy. Additionally, he directs the university’s Center for Ethics in Society and serves as a co-director of the Center of Philanthropy and Civil Society. Under the mentorship of Professor Rob Reich, Chloe hopes to develop a project that combines her interests in political theory, education, and public service that will guide her future research interests and career path.

This research program will add to Chloe’s overall undergraduate portfolio. Last summer, she received support from the Provost’s Office and the National Council of US-Arab Relations to travel to Meknes, Morocco where she participated in an Arabic Immersion Program. She is excited to continue her adventures this summer on the West Coast of the United States after such a rewarding experience in the West Coast of Africa. 

Future Direction: Upon graduation, Chloe intends to pursue graduate studies toward a PhD in Political Science with a focus on Education. Participation in the SR-EIP will provide an invaluable experience of research and mentorship that will contribute to her endeavor.

About Houston Scholars

Supported by the Provost's Office and the Honors College, the Houston Scholars program is designed to bolster students’ academic and professional goals through faculty mentoring, research proposal development, and a semester discussion series led by University of Houston faculty from across the campus. Houston Scholars will also learn about national and international award opportunities, and receive assistance in developing applications for competitive programs.

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