Sophomores Named Mellon Mays Fellows
Five Smith sophomores were recently named Mellon Mays Undergraduate
Fellows. They are Nathalie Ais, Stacy Diaz, Justine Gonzalez,
Jessica Reyes, and Maria-Fatima Santos.
The Mellon Mays Undergraduate
Fellowship program, which is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation, is designed to increase the number of under-represented
minorities entering doctoral programs, in order to ultimately
broaden the pool of faculty members at the nation’s
Smith also recently received
a $1.4 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
to support an initiative that aims to provide greater direction
for students navigating the college's open curriculum.
Each Mellon Mays Fellow will
work with a faculty mentor on a research project of her
design. 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 Ph.D. program in a Mellon-designated
field, they will be eligible for a loan forgiveness and additional
graduate level support.
The newest Smith Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows join
five juniors who received the fellowship last year: Donielle
C. Hatcher, Wendy M. Roman, Maya L. Wei-Haas, Emily H. Yen,
and Monica (Dayo) Harris AC.