Overview: A nine week residential program (June-August), the MMUF Summer Research Training Program (SRTP) at the University of Chicago prepares current Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows for graduate study and rigorous research . A structured program, in the SRTP students complete courses in academic writing and social theory, are closely mentored by advanced graduate students and faculty, attend multiple workshops and make presentations at the Chicago Research Symposium. Through the SRTP, students deepen their analytic and creative capacities, develop further their scholarly writing and presentation skills, explore research approaches and methodologies relevant to their areas of study, and experience a unique community living among others who share both a passion for ideas and research as well as common values and commitments. The experience of community fostered by the SRTP takes its inspiration from the life and work of Benjamin Mays--alumnus of the University of Chicago and life-long civil rights activist--in whose honor the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship is named.
For University of Chicago MMUF students: If you have been admitted already to the MMUF Program at UChicago, NO ADDITIONAL APPLICATION TO THE SRTP IS REQUIRED. However, as a UChicago MMUF student, you are required to participate in this program either in the summer preceding your junior year or your senior year. Completing this program as a rising junior is preferred, because students who complete the SRTP as rising juniors, typically they use their second summer in the MMUF Program to carry out independent research of greater depth and focus. In the summer preceding the fourth-year, it is common for MMUF students to travel to other cities, libraries, universities and even other countries to carry out this research, building upon what they began in the SRTP while preparing for their required capstone projects, the bachelor's thesis. Since all University of Chicago MMUF students are required to complete a BA thesis or research project, we expect that you will parlay the research completed during your second summer as a Mellon-Mays Fellow into your senior projects. (Some funds for research related expenses may available to UChicago MMUF students).
Please note that University of Chicago Mellon Fellows are expected to plan their second summer of research in consultation with their faculty mentors, and with one of the MMUF Program Directors.
For MMUF Students Joining Us from Other MMUF Programs: Students applying from other MMUF schools, whether rising juniors or rising seniors, are welcome. No matter where you are in developing your research agenda, we will work with you individually to assist you in deepening and refining your project. Please note that to apply to the MMUF-SRTP at UChicago, you must already be an MMUF student at your home institution.
Cost: The cost for participating in our program is $1500.
Recommendation: NONE REQUIRED. If you are already admitted to the MMUF at your school, and your Program Director recommends you join us, this is all that we need by way of a recommendation.
TRANSCRIPT: At this time, our application system does not permit you to upload an official transcript. Therefore, we request that Visiting MMUF Students copy and paste in their "grade history." In particular, we are interested in knowing what courses have taken already.
NOTIFICATION OF ADMISSION: At this time, we admit on a first come, first served basis. Complete your application as soon as you can.