Summer Program for Visiting Mellon Mays Fellows

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. (Funds for research related expenses are available to UChicago MMUF students).

Please note that University of Chicago Mellon Fellows are expected to plan their summer of independent research in consultation with their faculty mentors, and with one of the MMUF Program Directors. 


Please note the following: 1) The UChicago MMUF-SRTP is a highly structured program, and you will be expected to participate fully in all of our courses, workshops & U.S. Social Histories outings in the city of Chicago (once a week); 2) In this program, you will be guided and mentored in carrying out your own independent research project; however, in our Preceptor Program, you will be expected to complete a thoroughly researched project proposal or seminar paper, as well as critically annotated bibliography; 3) You will also be expected to complete weekly reading and writing assignments for two credit-bearing courses--Writing for Research and Engaged Scholarship (see course descriptions elsewhere in this site); 4) In most instances, we do not offer GRE Prep, and if we do, it will only be available to rising seniors; and 5) Your behavior and self-expression in this program should support the overall vision and goals of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and contribute toward the building of community of scholars. 

Who Can Apply to the MMUF-SRTP? To apply to the UChicago MMUF-SRTP, you must already be admitted to the MMUF program at your home institution. Students applying from other MMUF programs, whether rising juniors or rising seniors, are welcome. 


Seniors: By March 30. If you have missed this deadline, please contact Elise LaRose, as we might have a few spots still open.

Faculty Recommendation Letter for Seniors: By March 30.

Juniors: By April 15.

Recommendations for Juniors: No Recommendation Required/

Can I do my "own" work in the MMUF-SRTP?: The quick answer to this is, "Yes & No." 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, and guide you in how to prepare a competitive application to PhD programs. However, please see the above section on Program Expectations and Responsibilities.

Cost: The cost for participating in our program is $1500.


Seniors: We require a signed letter on departmental letterhead be sent directly to Elise LaRose at This letter should come from your MMUF faculty mentor, or someone who holds a PhD and has taught you.

Juniors:  We are no longer requiring a letter of recommendation from juniors.

All applicants should indicate the name and contact information for  their program coordinators, and for recommenders. Recommenders, or the MMUF Program, may receive an additional brief form to complete.

TRANSCRIPT: Electronic Submission is Preferred. These should be sent to Elise LaRose at


Seniors: By April 7, but likely sooner.

Juniors: By May 1, but likely sooner. We do our best to notify you as soon as possible.



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