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The Mellon Mays Undergraduate

Research Fellowship Program


Supplemental Application

Due: November 15, 2010


Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Mission Statement:

The fundamental objective of MMUF is to increase the number of minority students, and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities, who will pursue PhDs in core fields in the arts and sciences. The program aims to reduce over time the serious underrepresentation on the faculties of individuals from certain minority groups, as well as to address the attendant educational consequences of these disparities. For more information about the MMUF, go to http://www.mmuf.org/.



UCLA Program and Selection Criteria:

The UCLA MMUF includes intensive undergraduate research, completion of a senior thesis project, and preparation for graduate school. Students interested in applying for the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship must meet the following criteria:

  • junior level standing (at least 90 units), and a Spring or Summer 2012 Degree Expected Date

  • a minimum 3.25 GPA (earned at UCLA)

  • US citizenship or permanent resident status

  • commitment to research and intention to enroll in a PhD program

  • superb scholarly promise in a major that includes work in one of the following Mellon-designated fields at UCLA:




Anthropology

Afro-American Studies

Chicana and Chicano Studies

English


Foreign Language

Musicology

Philosophy

Sociology

Art History

Classics


Comparative Literature

Ethnomusicology

History

Native American Studies



Political Science

Women’s Studies


All students must first apply online for the Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (URFP). Instructions may be found at http://www.ugeducation.ucla.edu/urhass/scholarships.htm. Any applicant who has not completed the URFP application will not be considered for the UCLA Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program.


The Supplemental Application is attached. Please use this check list to make sure your application is complete:


The Mellon Mays Undergraduate

Research Fellowship Program


A. STUDENT INFORMATION
Name:______________________________________________________
UID #:_______________________________________________
E-Mail Address:_____________________________________________
Faculty Research Mentor:______________________________________ Dept.________________
Faculty Recommender (if different): __________________________________ Dept.____________
Are you a U.S. citizen or in the process of becoming one? ___________
If no, are you a permanent resident? ______________
Cumulative GPA (to date) _____________
What do you plan to study in graduate school? _________________

B. MMUFP PERSONAL STATEMENT/ESSAY
Please reread the MMUF Mission Statement on the cover sheet. In 250-500 words, please outline your previous undergraduate research experiences, discuss how and why you have decided to pursue the PhD degree, and address the specific ways you have demonstrated a “commitment to eradicating racial disparities.” As a future graduate student and academic, how do you see yourself continuing “to address the attendant educational consequences of these disparities”?

C. THESIS PROJECT RESEARCH PROPOSAL
Please attach a 250-500 word tentative thesis project proposal.



The Mellon Mays Undergraduate

Research Fellowship Program
UCLA Faculty Letter of Recommendation
You have been asked to write a letter of support for________________________________, who is applying for Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program.
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Mission Statement:

The fundamental objective of MMUF is to increase the number of minority students, and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities, who will pursue PhDs in core fields in the arts and sciences.  The program aims to reduce over time the serious underrepresentation on the faculties of individuals from certain minority groups, as well as to address the attendant educational consequences of these disparities.


UCLA Program and Selection Criteria:

The UCLA MMUF is a two-year program (AY 2010-2011; AY 2011-2012) that includes intensive undergraduate research, completion of a senior thesis project, and preparation for graduate school. Students interested in applying for the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship must meet the following criteria:



  • junior standing (at least 90 units), and a Spring or Summer 2012 Degree Expected Date.

  • a minimum 3.25 GPA (earned at UCLA).

  • US citizenship or permanent resident status

  • commitment to research and intention to enroll in a PhD program

  • superb scholarly promise in a major that includes work in one of the following Mellon-designated fields at UCLA:

Anthropology Art History

Afro-American Studies Classics

Chicana and Chicano Studies Comparative Literature

English Ethnomusicology

Foreign Language History

Musicology Native American Studies

Philosophy Political Science



Sociology Women Studies
Please e-mail your recommendation by November 15, 2010 to:
Dr. Reed Wilson, Director

Undergraduate Research Center

Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences

rwilson@college.ucla.edu
Include any relevant information about the student, and please assess her/his ability to meet the obligations of this program.
Thank you for your recommendation, and for taking the time to support this student and this valuable program.

UCLA Undergraduate Research Center for the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences


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