Named after Benjamin E. Mays, a mentor to the likes of Martin Luther King Jr., the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program is an opportunity for young scholars in the humanities and social sciences to conduct research. Fellows are selected at the end of their sophomore year based on their high potential for cultivating their own unique research project exploring identity, social justice, and diversity.
Once selected, Mellon Mays fellows pair with a faculty mentor and are guided on how to evolve their own projects. Throughout the year, fellows are led by Professor Shanti Parikh and teaching assistant Amy Thompson in a weekly seminar to refine research projects for publication and presentation. Fellows are able to experience many ways of communicating their ideas: whether it is presenting it to a general audience or discussing it with scholars within their discipline.
This newsletter gives fellows a space to explain how our projects are more personally connected to us than we might otherwise have a chance to reveal; this is a closer look at our process, progress, and perceptions, in our individual voices, as we cultivate an academic community.
Read more in The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program Newsletter, Winter 2012 issue.