The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program is designed to assist students from underrepresented groups, including students who are first-generation to attend college and low-income, to prepare for and successfully enroll in post-graduate Masters and/or Ph.D. programs. Participants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Wesleyan’s program focuses on students majoring in the math and sciences. McNair Fellows are eligible for summer $2,800 research stipends along with fully paid housing to conduct research with a faculty member at Wesleyan and to receive a stipend during the academic year to continue their research. Open to sophomores and juniors.
The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship aims to increase the number of faculty of color at U.S. colleges and universities and to overcome the effects of persistent underrepresentation of certain groups in the academy. Students from those groups, and others who have demonstrated a commitment to overcoming disparities in higher education that result from that underrepresentation, are eligible for the Fellowship. Mellon Fellows are selected in the spring of their sophomore year, participate in an intensive summer session, and work during their junior and senior years on individual research projects, guided by faculty mentors. Fellows receive academic-year fellowships, support for attendance at conferences and for research, and funding during their two summers in the program. Through the Social Science Research Council and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Mellon Foundation provides additional support for Fellows while they are in graduate school and during the earlier stages of their academic careers. Upon receipt of the Ph.D. in fields stipulated by the Mellon Foundation, Fellows have a portion of their undergraduate loans repaid. Mellon Fellows must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Learn more about the two programs and meet with current McNair and Mellon students at an informational session on Thursday, November 19, from 6:00-7:00 in Usdan 110.