MELLON MAYS UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

The MMUF is a national program supporting underrepresented students as they work toward applying to graduate school in a range of fields in the humanities and social sciences

The program provides summer and academic year fundingmentorship, and a community of students of similar backgrounds who are all striving toward the same goals of earning a Ph.D.

To learn more…

  • Check out the slides from our October info session (link)
  • Read more details the MMUF national website (link)
  • Connect with MMUF Faculty Coordinator, Prof. Tushar Irani (tirani@wesleyan.edu
  • Connect with MMUF Administrative Coordinator, Dean April Ruiz (aruiz01@wesleyan.edu)

Applications include:

  • An application form (link below)
  • A statement (no more than 1000 words) describing your academic and research interests:
    • How have you selected your major, and which courses or academic activities have served as a foundation for your interests?
    • Which topic(s) or question(s) might you want to pursue through a research project? And what early ideas do you have about how you might develop your research plan? (You do not need to have a fully formed research proposal!)
    • Please also share something about your future goals for graduate study and an academic career.
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member who can speak to your academic work and interests, and your possible pathway to graduate school. (Additional letters are not required.)
  • An interview. (Students will be invited to interview after the application deadline.)

APPLICATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ARE DUE SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH

Goldwater Scholarship

The Goldwater Scholarship grants scholarships to undergraduates who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering (the full list of disciplines is available at the bottom of the Goldwater Scholarship’s eligibility guidelines). Both sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply, though in most cases juniors are most competitive. All applicants must be actively engaged in research in addition to their courseworkto be considered for this scholarship. The Goldwater Scholarship does have a monetary component ($7500 in the senior year those those who apply as a junior or $7500 in the junior year and again in the senior year for those that receive the award as a sophomore). But even more importantly, winning the Goldwater serves as a marker of early academic promise that can help students secure future fellowships, admission to graduate school, and other important forms of recognition and access that will be an asset to building a career in research.

The Office of Fellowships will hold an info session and Q&A with Goldwater Scholar Anna Fehr (’23) on Thursday, November 3 in Fisk Hall Room 209 at 4:30pm. Join us there to learn more! Freshman, sophomores, and juniors are welcome. (Come listen, even if you might apply in a future year, rather than right now!)

Those interested in applying this year should complete the pre-application (available on the Goldwater Scholarship website) by November 18, 2022 at the very latest. Reach out to fellowships@wesleyan.edu with any questions.

Winter Session Aid Applications Open

The application for Winter Session financial aid is currently open. Please click this link to apply for aid if you think you might be interested in Winter Session. Applying for aid does not obligate you to take Winter Session. Please note that full need is not met for Winter Session.

Courses will be a mix of on-campus and online and will be posted before registration opens on Tues, Nov 15.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Regards,
Winter Session Staff

Pizza with a Professor (10/13)

The Pizza with a Professor program takes place twice a semester. A faculty member in the Government Department meets with students for lunch and conversation. Students come to learn more about a faculty member’s research, teaching philosophies, and journey to become a professor. Pizza with a Professor is a wonderful way to get to know faculty outside the classroom over pizza.

Pizza with Prof. Ramesh will take place on Thursday, October 13, from 12-1 PM, in Usdan 110. RSVP here.

MMUF/McNair Info Session

MMUF/McNair Info Session | Monday 10/10 | 5:30 – 6:30pm in Boger 114

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (link) and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (link) are national programs supporting underrepresented students as they work toward applying to graduate school. Both programs serve juniors and seniors, providing summer and academic year fundingmentorship and training, as well as a community of students of similar backgrounds who are all striving toward the same goals.

Students are eligible to apply to these programs during their sophomore year.

First-years and sophomores are invited to join us for this session to learn about eligibility, the application process, and additional details about program benefits!

Major Open House Schedule (10/3 – 10/14)

Happy Friday, Class of 2025 – 

As promised, I’m sending along the most up to date Open House schedule for the next two weeks. To see the full schedule, please visit the Major Open House website here.

Even if you have the slightest interest in a department, I encourage you to attend. Some Open Houses offer refreshments/lunch and it’s a great way to get to know other community members at Wes. I look forward to seeing you at some of these Open Houses.

DepartmentDateStartEndLocationNotes
Romance Studies10/5/202212:00 PM1:00 PM300 High Street MiddletownFood/refreshments
Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies10/6/202212:00 PM1:00 PMAllbritton 311
College of Integrative Sciences10/7/20222:30 PM3:30 PMLabyrinth TentIce cream sundaes
College of Letters10/10/202212:15 PM1:15 PMBoger 114
Psychology10/10/202212:20 PM1:10 PMJudd Hall Rm. 116
Philosophy10/10/202212:00 PM1:00 PMLabyrinth TentPizza
Latin American Studies10/12/202212:10 PM1:00 PMRomance Languages 300 High St.Pizza
Religion10/12/20224:30 PM5:30 PMWoodhead LoungeCider/donuts/fall treats
American Studies10/12/202212:00 PM1:00 PMAmerican Studies  255 High StreetRefreshments
Physics10/13/202211:50 AM1:10 PMExley 058Lunch
History10/13/202212:00 PM1:00 PMLabyrinth TentPizza
Data Analysis10/13/202212:00 PM1:00 PMAllbritton 103Refreshments
Molecular Biology & Biochemistry10/13/202212:00 PM1:00 PMWoodhead LoungeLunch
History10/13/202212:00 PM1:00 PMLabyrinth Tent

Choosing Majors and Careers for F-1 Visa Holders

Intended Audience: Classes of 2025 and 2026 F-1 visa holders

Join us for this session to learn about important factors (personal interests, career prospects, immigration-related benefits/regulations) to consider when choosing a major as an F-1 visa holder. Class Deans from the Office of Academic Advancement and staff members from the Office of International Student Affairs (OISA) and Gordon Career Center will lead this informational workshop, which will include an overview of the major selection process, post-completion employment as an F-1 visa holder, and STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) Extension-eligible programs of study at Wesleyan. You will also have the opportunity to hear from upper class international students who will share their own academic major and career decision making experiences.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Academic Advancement, Office of International Student Affairs and the Gordon Career Center