Summer Program for Visiting Mellon Mays Fellows

Overview: A nine week program, run from June-August, the MMUF Summer Research Training Program at the University of Chicago aims to initiate and cultivate each student as future researchers and scholars who will enter Ph.D. programs and pursue careers in the academy. In training and cultivating aspiring scholars and researchers, our approach is one that attends simultaneously to the academic, social and practical needs of each student. This Program prepares rising juniors and senior MMUF students from around the country. It is designed to carry out comprehensive scholarly research in the MMUF Program. Through the Summer Research Training Program we deepen students critical and analytical thinking capacities, develop further their scholarly writing and presentation skills, introduce them to methodology and research design relevant to their areas of study, as well as foster community in which the values and commitments of Benjamin Mays are explored and honored. Courses are taught by faculty and advanced graduate students (supervised by faculty). The program is flexible enough to be adapted to the needs of both rising juniors and rising seniors.

For University of Chicago MMUF: NO ADDITIONAL APPLICATION TO THE SRTP IS REQUIRED, as you are required to participate in this program during one of the two summers in the MMUF. 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.  As fourth-years, it is common for MMUF students to travel to other cities, libraries, universities and even other countries to carry out this second summer of research (some funds for research related expenses are available to MMUF students).

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. Since all University of Chicago MMUF students are required to complete a BA thesis or research project, we anticipate that you will parlay the research completed during your second summer as a Mellon Fellow into this project.

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 join us, you must already be admitted to the MMUF 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 your "grade history." We are interested in knowing what you have taken. Simply complete the application information requested. 

NOTIFICATION OF ADMISSION: At this time, we admit on a first come, first served basis. Complete your application as soon as you can.

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