PRISM Program & Research Grants

Planning Resources and Involvement for Students in the Majors (or PRISM) aims to support the educational goals of the College. It addresses four major goals of a liberal arts education, particularly at a research university:

  • Building a departmental, intellectual home for undergraduate majors
  • Increasing student awareness of career resources and services
  • Helping students understand and articulate the skills and knowledge gained through their liberal arts education that make them highly employable
  • Providing effective career counseling

In order to achieve its multi-faceted goals, PRISM utilizes a team-based approach to programming and advising in the majors. Each team consists of the Chair of Undergraduate studies, a graduate student preceptor, and the Career Advancement PRISM Administrator.

PRISM serves students in 14 majors:

Anthropology, Art History, Cinema and Media Studies, Comparative Human Development, Creative Writing, English Language and Literature, History, Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, Linguistics, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Philosophy/Allied Fields, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.

Previous department-specific events include:

  • Psychology Department Lab Night: A night to connect students interested in research with faculty and research labs across the university looking for research assistants.
  • History Department: A tour of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen and a discussion on the historical dimensions required to work at a museum.
  • English Department: A tour of the University Press and a discussion of careers in freelance writing.

PRISM Grants

The PRISM Research Grant funds summer academic research opportunities for students in PRISM majors. 


For questions about the PRISM Program, please contact Alison DeVries at