The Undergraduate Research Program in Spanish and Portuguese (URPro@Spanport) officially began this semester with a group of eight Spanish majors who were chosen to work as Research Assistants on projects in Hispanic Linguistics. These students will experience first-hand what it is to do research in different areas of Hispanic Linguistics both on campus and in nearby Hispanic communities. For the first phase of the program students will work under the supervision of professors Armstrong and Amaral, and will participate in projects focusing on first and second language acquisition, sociophonetics, Spanish and English dialects of Western Mass, and heritage languages of New England. They will learn to design experiments, prepare sociolinguistic interviews, collect, code, transcribe and analyze data, as well as organize research projects and write reports. The ultimate goal of the program is to foster future generations of researchers in Hispanic Linguistics by training freshmen and sophomores to design their own research projects and write undergraduate theses during their senior year. We are very proud of this first group of students we have selected for our program. They are extremely enthusiastic and truly interested in learning about the field and becoming future scholars. We look forward to seeing them grow as researchers.