The Mellon Fellow and mentor network extends beyond my particular undergraduate and graduate institutions. This fellowship’s regional conferences, annual SSRC Mellon Conferences, and various workshops and seminars have exposed me to a world of cutting edge scholarship, as well as a chorus of incisive conversations and comments directly related to my research throughout the different stages of my undergraduate and graduate education.
Department of American Studies and Ethnicity
Annual Western Regional Conference
The USC, Stanford University, Heritage University, Whittier College, University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Los Angeles, and Cal Tech Mellon programs collaborate to host an annual regional conference. The conference provides an opportunity for fellows to meet each other, discuss research ideas, and motivate each other to succeed in their academic and personal lives. It is typically held near the end of the fall semester (early to mid November or early December), at one of the seven campuses.
Workshops, Meetings, and Other Activities may include:
- Mellon Fellows Mandatory Meetings
(4 per semester)
- Graduate School Workshops on various topics
- Attendance at national conferences with mentors
Fellows work with their mentors to develop their scholarly interests into research projects. The interaction that occurs between mentors and fellows typically includes:
- development of a plan for working together and a timeline for completion of the project
- regular communication (meetings, emails, phone calls, reviews of report drafts, etc.)
- exchange of articles or suggested readings about research or topics of interest
Fellows are expected to present their research through scholarly articles, oral reports, workshops, conferences, multimedia displays, and at USC 's annual Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work.
The opportunity to work closely with my college mentor also allowed me tremendous insight into the profession. My relationship with him, as well as my mentors in graduate school, ultimately showed me how to be an engaged academic, public scholar, and dedicated mentor. These relationships mean that I now owe that energy to those who come after me. That is a major part of my career goals--to be the type of mentor that the best of mine were for me.
Shana L. Redmond, Ph.D.
Department of American Studies & Ethnicity