Summer Research Training Program

The MMUF Summer Research Training Program (SRTP) at the University of Chicago prepares current Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows for graduate study and rigorous research.

During the structured, nine-week residential program (June 15-August 15, 2020), students in the SRTP 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, further develop 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.

Learn more about summer courses, summer research development, workshops and outings, and the SRTP application process.

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Program Expectations and Requirements

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 expected to complete a thoroughly researched project proposal or seminar paper, as well as a critically annotated bibliography. This work will take place in our Preceptor Program where you will be guided and mentored in carrying out your own independent research project.
  3. You will also be expected to complete weekly reading and writing assignments for two credit-bearing courses–Writing for Research and Engaged Scholarship.
  4. In most instances, we do not offer GRE Prep, and if we do, it will only be available to rising seniors.
  5. It is important to the success of the program that your commitment, behavior, and self-expression supports the overall vision and goals of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and contributes toward the building of a rigorous community of scholars.