Levy Urban Curricular Fund

The Steven D. Levy ’72 Fund for Urban Curricular Programs supports student investigations of a broad range of key urban issues confronting humankind in the 21st century.  Of special interest are projects that highlight the urban realities of the city of Hartford.  Examples of such issues include diasporic communities, educational and health policy, residential segregation, environmental problems, urban art/culture, human rights, and the creation and maintenance of public spaces (both physical and social).

Frequently Asked Questions

Levy Research Grants for Urban Studies

All students undertaking investigations into urban issues for a Trinity course, or who are doing similar work under the direct supervision of a Trinity faculty member, are eligible to apply for grants up to $1200 from the Levy Fund to attend conferences, visit libraries, conduct fieldwork, or offset other research-related expenses.  The review committee that meets each year in April to evaluate applications and to determine how both Research Grant and Senior Prize funds will be dispersed is chaired by Isaac Kamola, Assistant Professor of Political Science, and includes:  Xiangming Chen, Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Global Studies and Sociology; Garth Myers, Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Urban International Studies; Emily Cummins, Postdoctoral Fellow in Urban Studies; Na Fu, Henry Luce Foundation Visiting Scholar.

We also will consider and encourage joint proposals from two or three students with different majors who can draw from complementary disciplinary expertise to investigate a complex urban topic. For example, a student in environmental science may team up with a history major and a sociology major to examine a particular set of social and ecological consequences of industrialization and then deindustrialization in the Connecticut River Valley for the City of Hartford. Joint proposals are eligible for up to $1800.

Students awarded grants are expected to make use of their funding by September of the following year, or, in the case of seniors, by graduation, and to submit a report to CUGS describing the activities made possible by the grant.


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Congratulations to the Past Winners of the Levy Grant

2016: Thomas Rice ’17, “The Providence ‘Renaissance’ in Comparison to Hartford; Heidy Xie ’18, “Relocation of Beijing Municipal Government to Tongzhou”; Lydia Chen ’18, “Old Village Versus New City:  The Case of Shenzhen”; Christopher Lora ’17, “The Effects of Land Expansion and Resettlement in Beijing and Harbin”

2015: Ellen Liu ’17, for summer research on the Greater Beijing Region; Tom Rice ’17 for a comparative project on Hartford and Providence; Malaine Thorpe (IDP)

The Levy Senior Research Prize for Urban Studies

The Levy Fund also supports an annual prize competition for theses or senior research projects dealing with urban issues.  Eligible work includes theses or other projects based on original research undertaken for a Trinity course or under the supervision of a Trinity faculty member during a student’s senior year.

Nominations of eligible work must be received from the supervising faculty member each year in April.

  • First prize will carry a cash award of $400
  • Second prize will carry a cash award of $100
  • Prizes and certificates will be awarded on Honors Day.

Review Committee

The review committee for both the research grant and senior research prize is chaired by Isaac Kamola, Assistant Professor of Political Science and includes Zhengli Huang, Luce Foundation Visiting Scholar at CUGS; Vladimir Kananovich, IIE Visiting Scholar at CUGS; Garth Myers, Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Urban International Studies.

Submission of Entries

Senior theses or projects should be submitted by supervising faculty by April 14, 2017

Congratulations to the Past Winners of the Levy Prize

Hunter Drews ’16, first prize for his thesis entitled “In the Shadows ‘Neath the Elms:  Mapping the Racial and Spatial Dynamics of Trinity College”

Abigail Siebert ’16, second prize for her thesis “Cities Caught in the Crossfire:  A study of Gang Violence in Hartford”

First Prize: Ambar Paulin ’15:  “Weaving Urban and Ivy: Columbia University’s Role in Transforming West Harlem.”

Second Prize: Cloes Shiras ’15:  “Exploring DACA Recipients’ Access to Higher Education in Connecticut.”

Past Winners of the Levy Senior Research Prize for Urban Studies



All questions regarding Levy Research Grants or the Levy Prize competition should be directed to Jane Switchenko, jane.switchenko@trincoll.edu or ext. 2629.