Leadership Alliance Graduate School Preparation Webinar

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SUMMER RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

IRT sponsors a summer workshop for 25-30 students who apply to the program during their junior or senior years of college. In mid-July, the IRT hosts its annual Recruiters’ Weekend for all students. If IRT is unable to offer you a place in the workshop, you will still be considered automatically for a place in the program. Please click here to visit their website. 

 

The Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) invites applications for a ten-week summer research internship for undergraduate students. The program will be held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Please click here to visit their website or contact them at murap@unc.edu.

 

The University of Texas at San Antonio African American Literatures and Cultures Institute (AALCI) cultivates students to join the US professoriate by providing research stipends, rigorous mentoring, and innovative academic training.  Please click here to visit their website.    

  

The Leadership Alliance Summer Research - Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) provides undergraduates with training and mentoring in the principles underlying the conduct of research and prepares them to pursue competitive applications to graduate schools. Please click here to visit their website.  

 

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have created the Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute to encourage minority students and others with an interest in African-American and African Diasporan Studies to pursue graduate degrees in the humanities. Please click here to visit their website.

 

The MURF program aims to increase the participation of underrepresented students (such as African American, Hispanic, and Native American, females who are underrepresented in their discipline, or first-generation college students) in science and engineering Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. programs and to make Caltech's programs more visible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech. Please click here to visit their website.   

 

The Andover Teaching Fellow Program for recent college graduates. During a one year teaching fellowship, students are introduced to a professional career through a program of guided classroom teaching, professional seminars and exposure to the theories and methods of experienced faculty. Please click here to learn more.

UNCF/Mellon Fellows

Photographs courtesy of Dr. Sajid Hussain, Dr. Donna Akiba Sullivan Harper and the UNCF/Mellon Programs Office.

 

 

About the Statement of Purpose or Personal Statement...

The Statement of Purpose is a very important part of the student’s application. It is the student’s opportunity to tell the admissions committee beyond grades and GRE scores what he or she has to offer. There are five key questions that should be answered in the Statement of Purpose:

  1. Who are you? Keep it simple, focused, relevant.
  2. What is your research interest? You should be as specific as possible about what your research interests—being aware that these interests could change in your course of study.
  3. Why do you want to do it? (And what are your goals beyond earning the degree?)
  4. What prepares you to do it? Your special abilities, strengths and perhaps your weaknesses (honest self-knowledge can be a real asset).
  5. Why this school? (How does it match your research interests).

(Adapted from Dr. Jacqueline Looney's presentation at the 2012 UNCF/Mellon Programs Conference)

About Letters of Recommendation...

Letters of Recommendation: Key Components

  1. Academic references (faculty) best qualified to testify to student’s capacity for graduate work and represent student’s major field
  2. Key elements admissions committees will be looking for include comments about student’s writing skills, research ability, critical thinking, academic growth and maturity, and potential for graduate study.

Important information for students applying to Graduate School:

  1. Students should be alerting faculty that they will be applying to Graduate School and asking the faculty members if they are able to write a letter of reference.
  2. Faculty members have many requests for recommendations throughout the year. It’s in the student’s best interest to provide faculty members with enough information to evaluate them properly. They should remind faculty members in writing of the classes they took, including grades received, and research projects they worked on. Students should provide faculty members with a copy of their transcript, statement of purpose, a research paper, and any materials that may help the faculty member to evaluate them for graduate study.

(Adapted from Dr. Jacqueline Looney's presentation at the 2012 UNCF/Mellon Programs Conference)


Junior Year Summer Stipends

UNCF/Mellon Fellows completing the junior year are eligible to receive a summer stipend in the amount of $3,900.00. The summer stipend can be used on a project or projects that will help to facilitate their research and/or graduate school research activities. In the past, Fellows have traveled to different states and countries to conduct interviews, participated in study abroad programs, completed courses in summer school, purchased books, conducted experiments, and visited graduate schools - the possibilities are virtually limitless! However, please note that computer hardware and clothing cannot be purchased with these funds. Fellows are encouraged to work with their faculty mentor to determine the best use of the stipend. To request these funds, Fellows must complete the Junior Year Summer Stipend Request Form and the Project Description Form. At the end of summer, once Fellows have returned to school for the fall semester, they must complete the Junior Summer Project Summary Form.

Click here for a copy of the 2017 Junior Year Stipend Request Form and Project Description Form


Travel Stipend

UNCF/Mellon Fellows may request a travel stipend of up to $600.00 per year. Fellows may use this stipend to assist with expenses related to traveling to various conferences, institutions, facilities or any other destination, in an effort to supplement their research and facilitate the graduate school selection process. Your Mentor must sign off on your request.

Click here for a copy of the Travel Stipend Request Form

 

The International Research Travel Grant

The International Research Travel Grant is a new initiative designed to support the international/global scholarly interests of UNCF/Mellon Fellows and/or participation in intensive language study programs approved by the UNCF/Mellon Programs Office. These grants may be used to supplement pre-existing study abroad plans or to subsidize a summer or fall/spring semester international engagement (for example, attending a conference abroad, conducting research abroad, etc). A limited number of grants of up to $3,000.00 per Fellow will be awarded each academic year. Fellows must submit this completed form, a proposal supporting their need to travel abroad in order to advance their scholarly inquiry and a budget depicting how the funds will be used in order to advance their scholarly research development. Fellows are required to submit a final report detailing how they were able to accomplish their international research goals. Your Mentor must sign off on your request.

Click here to access a copy of the International Research Travel Grant request form

Research Stipend (Senior Fellows)

As a UNCF/Mellon Senior Undergraduate Fellow, you may request a Research Stipend of up to $400.00. You may use this stipend to assist with expenses related to your research needs. You will need to complete the Research Stipend Request Form and include a budget outlining how you plan to use the Research Stipend. Your Mentor must sign off on your request.

Click here for a copy of the Research Stipend Request Form

 

GRE Preparation Stipend (Senior Fellows)

As a UNCF/Mellon Senior Undergraduate Fellow, you may request a GRE Preparation stipend of up to $400.00. You may use this stipend to assist with expenses related to preparing for the Graduate Record Examination or registering to take the exam. You will need to complete the GRE Preparation Stipend Form to request these funds. If you are requesting these funds as a reimbursement, please attach a copy of your registration and payment or copies of your receipts for materials purchased. If you will register for the exam or purchase materials once you receive the stipend, you must forward a copy of all related receipts to our Office once you use the funds.

Click here for a copy of the GRE Preparation Stipend Request Form

About the GRE Revised General Test

Call for Papers

This is an opportunity for MMUF Fellows to share their work with the MMUF community. As an MMUF Fellow, you can have your work published in the Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowship Journal! The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Journal is an annual collection of scholarly works by participants in the MMUF program. You are encouraged to submit works that were the culmination of research conducted under the Mellon Programs, the introduction to a thesis or any larger work, or a paper for a favorite class. 

More information about submission deadlines for 2017 to come.

 

MMUF Documents

2017-2019 Cohort- Click here to access the UNCF/Mellon Programs Guidelines, Opportunities and Responsibilities booklet.

2016-2018 Cohort- Click here to access the UNCF/Mellon Programs Guidelines, Opportunities and Responsibilities booklet.

2015-2017 Cohort- Click here to access the UNCF/Mellon Programs Guidelines, Opportunities and Responsibilities booklet.

 

Click here for the MMUF Loan Repayment Explanation and printable form.

Click here for Graduate School Preparation, The Search & Application Process: Some Guidelines and Helpful Hints document.

Click here for tips on the Personal Statement.