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The Fall 2014 edition of the UNCF/Mellon Programs Newsletter is here! Please click here to access a copy.


We are most happy to share information with you about the exciting suite of Programs offered to UNCF undergraduates and faculty through the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program. Scholars Transforming the Academy is the slogan that describes the work of the UNCF/Mellon Programs.  This slogan is operationalized through a variety of undergraduate and faculty programs. 

We hope that you will find a program that interests you and that you will be able to join us as we work with others within the Mellon Mays family of Programs to Transform the Academy.


Cynthia Neal Spence, Ph.D.
Director, UNCF/Mellon Programs

Dr. Brian Johnson, Johnson C. Smith University UNCF/Mellon Fellow, C'95, has been named the 7th President of Tuskegee University! We are extremely proud of Dr. Johnson and all of his accomplishments! We wish him well as he transitions into his new position at Tuskegee University. Please click here to read the announcement.

Upcoming Events

2015 Summer Institute at Emory University- June 1-30, 2015



All fellows: Email or Mail transcripts to UNCF/Mellon Programs Office by January 16, 2015

Deadline for applications for the Undergraduate Fellowship and Faculty Career Enhancement Programs is January 30, 2015

Junior Fellows: Independent Junior Summer Research Proposals are due to the Programs Office by March 23, 2015


News & Info

Xavier University C'99 UNCF/Mellon Fellow Dr. Trimiko Melancon, Assistant Professor at Loyola University is the recipient of this year's College of Humanities and Natural Sciences Faculty Excellence Award in Research. Congratulations!

Tougaloo College C'08 UNCF/Mellon Fellow Bianca Jackson received the Doctor of Musical Arts in 2014 from the University of Texas at Austin. Congratulations!

A MUST READ! Please click here to read an article about Mellon Mays Fellows in Academia.

Clark Atlanta University C'00 UNCF/Mellon Fellow Dr. Stephany Spaulding's first monograph, Abolishing White Masculinity from Mark Twain to Hiphop has just been made available by Lexington Press! Please click here for more information. Congratulations, Dr. Spaulding! 

Paine College C'15 UNCF/Mellon Fellow Jordan Rutland was elected to the Board of Directors for the National Collegiate Honors Council. Congratulations!

Spelman College C'99 UNCF/Mellon Undergraduate Fellow Dr. Erica Edwards, Associate Professor at the University of California, Riverside, was awarded the Modern Language Association of America’s twelfth annual William Sanders Scarborough Prize for her book Charisma and the Fictions of Black Leadership, published by the University of Minnesota Press. Congratulations!

Dillard University C'92 UNCF/Mellon Undergraduate Fellow Dr. Hassan Moore recently received a promotion and tenure from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Dr. Moore is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of Outreach at the School of Engineering. Congratulations!

Newly Minted Ph.D.s!

Julius Fleming, Tougaloo College UNCF/Mellon Fellow, C'09 is a Ph.D. graduate of the University of Pennsylvania! He is currently an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland.

Saida Grundy, Spelman College UNCF/Mellon Fellow, C'04 is a Ph.D. graduate of the University of Michigan!

Evelyn Hamilton, Dillard University UNCF/Mellon Fellow, C'02 is a Ph.D. graduate of Indiana University!

Irvin Hunt, Morehouse College UNCF/Mellon Fellow, C'05 is a Ph.D. graduate of Columbia University! He is currently an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Aqueasha Martin, Tougaloo College UNCF/Mellon Fellow, C'05 is a Ph.D. graduate of Clemson University! She is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Kari Miller, Spelman College UNCF/Mellon Fellow, C'98 is a Ph.D. graduate of Howard University! She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Trinity Washington University.

Grace Sanders, Spelman College UNCF/Mellon Fellow, C'05 is a Ph.D. graduate of the University of Michigan! She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow for Academic Diversity at the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Africana Studies.

Krystal Williams, Clark Atlanta University UNCF/Mellon Fellow, C'03 is a Ph.D. graduate of the University of Michigan! She is currently an AERA Postdoctoral Fellow at Educational Testing Service.