Since the inception of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program in 2009, there have been eleven cohorts. 

The 2019-2020 Academic Year marks the 11th year of the MMUF program at Conn. In the past 10 years, the program has had 50 scholars. Of those scholars, 16 have obtained a master’s degree and 9 are in the process of obtaining a Ph.D.

Spring 2019, the MMUF Program has had its first PHD!  Andrea Mendoza, Class of 2013, completed her Ph.D. in Asian Literature, Religion and Culture from Cornell University Graduate School.  She has obtained a faculty position, tenure track, at the University of California, San Diego, in the Department of Literature as Assistant Professor of Inter-Asian and Transpacific Studies.


MMUF Scholars

Cohort 9, Class of 2019

Margie Giacalone:   Anthropology and Hispanic Studies majors

Fabiola Ramirez, Slavic Studies and Sociology majors


Cohort 10, Class of 2020

Viangely Asencio, Italian, Government and Sociology majors

Ashley Camacho, Government Major, Gender, Sexuality and Intersectionality Studies minor

Jonathan Gomez-Pereira, Botany and Latin American Studies majors

Chante’ Morris, Africana Studies and English majors

Viridiana Villalva Salas, English major


Cohort 11, Class of 2021

Shay Borden, Africana Studies, Pyschology majors

Stephan Boodlal, Classics major

Ismael Mora, Art History, Latin American & Latino Studies majors

Kiara Rivera, Theatre major

Stephanie Martinez, Government major