Spanish Research & Resources Collaborative research enables students to work with a professor on creative projects of mutual interest and may lead to NCUR presentations or honors projects. Jill did a cross cultural examination of Beauty and the Beast, which inspired a professional dance group to perform the Indian original at both the Ordway and O’Shaughnessey auditoriums. Corbin is looking at the societal role of Latin American hip-hop. Ben did research on the economic success of Latino businesses in the Twin Cities, an impressive work that he feels got him a government job with USAID. Angela wrote her honors project on Latino gangs, their signs, symbols, and local lore in Minnesota that won her a teaching scholarship. Heidi surveyed college students in the Dominican Republic while researching her paper on the three martyred Mirabal sisters. Sara, Rena, Laura, and Casandra translated Latin American science fiction stories that were published by a major academic press. Rebecca’s study abroad resulted in research on the struggles of gay youth in Nicaragua. Kimberly wrote an excellent study on the Virgin of Guadalupe, la Malinche, and la Dolorosa that inspired the creation of a new course at Hamline. Other topics have included immigration, Spanish & Latin American authors, history, economics, and religion. Spanish has an impressive record of collaborative research and continues to reach out to students to engage in this worthwhile endeavor.