The following students have been chosen as recipients of Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowships:
Anna Mercedes Lugo 05
Irma Torres-Leon 05
Agunda Esther Okeyo 05
Tiarra Danielle Kernan 05
Eundria Alane Hill 05
These students will join a continuing cohort of Mellon Fellows (chosen last year) that includes:
Ellen Smith 04
Karli Swift 04
Maria Velazquez 04
Sylvia Zamora 04
Vanessa Otero AC
The Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowship Program, which is funded by the , is designed to increase the number of under-represented minorities entering doctorate programs. The intent is to broaden the pipeline of scholars who will serve on the faculties of the nation's colleges and universities.
Each Mellon Fellow is paired with a faculty member mentor, with whom she designs and carries out a program of research. Fellows are provided with summer and term-time stipends, as well as support for travel and other research-related expenses. They also receive support for applying to graduate programs and, if they enter a doctorate program in a Mellon-designated field, they will be eligible for a loan forgiveness and additional graduate level support.
The program has been active at Smith for three years.