The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program is the centerpiece of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's initiative to increase the commitment to diversity in the faculty ranks of colleges and universities. The University of Southern California's MMUF program is a partnership between the Dornsife College of Letters Arts and Sciences, the Office of the Provost, and the Division of Student Affairs.
- To identify, support, and mentor highly qualified underrepresented undergraduate students and other students interested in diversifying faculties in higher education, and encourage them to pursue a Ph.D. in fields where diversity has not been historically present.
- To increase the number of faculty from underrepresented groups at colleges and universities throughout the country and abroad in order to bring a wider range of experiences and perspectives to teaching and scholarship.
Thirty-four colleges and universities, and the member institutions of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) participate in MMUF. Approximately 3,532 students have been selected as Mellon Fellows since the fellowship was established in 1988. Currently, 357 Mellon fellows have earned their Ph.D. and hold faculty positions at institutions across the country. An additional 571 students are enrolled in doctoral programs and 426 are undergraduate fellows working with faculty mentors in preparation for faculty careers.
Congratulations to our 2013 graduates: Ashley Harlow, Evelyn Larios, Rikiesha Pierce, Daniel Rios, Jayme Tsutsuse, Monica Valencia, and Charnan Williams.
We wish you the best!
Congratulations to our newly selected 2013-2014 cohort!
Jasmine Torres representing Dornsife College's commitment to helping the community
Trojan Spotlight on Jasmine Torres - I am a Trojan (ambitious)
Trojan Spolight on Ashley Harlow - I am a Trojan
Monica Valencia, USC's first female veteran fellow
Jasmine Torres discusses the USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI)
Congratulations to our fellow Nelly Chavez for winning a Fulbright Student Grant!
Click here to learn more about the 2011-2012 MMUF cohort
My experience has further developed my desire to learn and research. The tremendous support and guidance that I have received from my mentor and the MMUF coordinators have transformed me into an even more motivated person. I've learned more about the research process and I feel extremely prepared for graduate school.
2009-2010 MMUF Fellow
One of the biggest benefits for me has been the confidence-building element that is ingrained in the program. Through talking with scholars about my work and the opportunities to present publicly, I've gained a much stronger sense of who I am and what I am able to contribute to the world around me.
Shana L. Redmond, Ph.D.
Department of American Studies & Ethnicity