WHITTIER COLLEGE
MELLON MAYS UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
STUDENT CONTRACT
Dear Mellon Mays Fellow:
In accepting our offer for becoming a member of the Mellon Mays Fellowship through Whittier College you
have read and agreed to abide by the below stated requirements. If you fail to meet the requirements it will
result in possible loss of your stipend and possible dismissal from the program.
MMUF Fellow Requirements:
1. Maintain a minimum of a 3.2 GPA
2. Complete and submit an annual online survey to the Mellon Foundation.
3. Conduct an individual research project under the guidance of an MMUF Faculty Mentor. Guided research is
the foundation of MMUF and provides the opportunity to prepare for advanced scholarly work.
4. Create and update a Research Timeline that will be an overview of your research from the start to the
completion of your research project.
5. Submit project timelines twice a semester, signed by the mentor reporting on the progress that has occurred.
Timelines are due on the day your stipend is to be released to you. It is the Fellow’s responsibility to develop
and submit a signed (signed by their MMUF Faculty Mentor) progress report.
6. Submit grade progress reports twice a semester, signed by each and every professor for the courses you are
taking.
7. Submit a complete Research Project (written and presentation) at the completion of the two-year fellowship.
8. Attend all MMUF required/mandatory meetings including but not limited to:
a. 4-week summer on campus residency research program 2 summers
b. Biweekly meetings with the program coordinators
c. West Coast Conference (will require travel)
d. SCCUR Conference (will require travel)
e. URSCA Conference
f. CUR and Field Specific Conferences (will require travel)
g. Family Dinner
h. Recruitment Sessions
9. Attend regular meetings with your MMUF Faculty Mentor (weekly or biweekly)
10. Submit your research project for review and publication to the MMUF Journal.
11. Take the GRE exam no later than August 31st of your graduating year from Whittier College.
12. Within one year of graduating from Whittier College you must submit a plan for graduate schoolidentify
schools, identify who will submit letters of recommendation, etc.
13. Complete the paperwork for the Social Science Research Council.
14. Complete the loan forgiveness paperwork and submit to program coordinators.
15. Complete an exit interview and survey with program coordinators.
I agree to abide by the 15 requirements and understand if I do not fulfill all requirements I could lose
all or a portion of my stipend and also be dismissed from the program.
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MMUF Faculty Mentor:
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Academic Progress Report
Student Name:______________________________ Student ID#:_________________
Course Name:______________________________________
Professor/Instructor Name: ______________________________________
Attendance: ___ Poor ___ Fair ___ Good ___ Excellent
Completion of Assignments: ___ Poor ___ Fair ___ Good ___ Excellent
Participation: ___ Poor ___ Fair ___ Good ___ Excellent
Approx. Overall Course Standing: __100-90% __89-80% __79-70% __69-60% __59-0%
Comments:_____________________________________________________________________________________________
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Professor/Instructor Signature:_____________________________________________________
Course Name:______________________________________
Professor/Instructor Name: ______________________________________
Attendance: ___ Poor ___ Fair ___ Good ___ Excellent
Completion of Assignments: ___ Poor ___ Fair ___ Good ___ Excellent
Participation: ___ Poor ___ Fair ___ Good ___ Excellent
Approx. Overall Course Standing: __100-90% __89-80% __79-70% __69-60% __59-0%
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Professor/Instructor Signature:_____________________________________________________
Course Name:______________________________________
Professor/Instructor Name: ______________________________________
Attendance: ___ Poor ___ Fair ___ Good ___ Excellent
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Approx. Overall Course Standing: __100-90% __89-80% __79-70% __69-60% __59-0%
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Course Name:______________________________________
Professor/Instructor Name: ______________________________________
Attendance: ___ Poor ___ Fair ___ Good ___ Excellent
Completion of Assignments: ___ Poor ___ Fair ___ Good ___ Excellent
Participation: ___ Poor ___ Fair ___ Good ___ Excellent
Approx. Overall Course Standing: __100-90% __89-80% __79-70% __69-60% __59-0%
Comments:_____________________________________________________________________________________________
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Professor/Instructor Signature:_____________________________________________________
Course Name:______________________________________
Professor/Instructor Name: ______________________________________
Attendance: ___ Poor ___ Fair ___ Good ___ Excellent
Completion of Assignments: ___ Poor ___ Fair ___ Good ___ Excellent
Participation: ___ Poor ___ Fair ___ Good ___ Excellent
Approx. Overall Course Standing: __100-90% __89-80% __79-70% __69-60% __59-0%
Comments:_____________________________________________________________________________________________
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Professor/Instructor Signature:_____________________________________________________
Course Name:______________________________________
Professor/Instructor Name: ______________________________________
Attendance: ___ Poor ___ Fair ___ Good ___ Excellent
Completion of Assignments: ___ Poor ___ Fair ___ Good ___ Excellent
Participation: ___ Poor ___ Fair ___ Good ___ Excellent
Approx. Overall Course Standing: __100-90% __89-80% __79-70% __69-60% __59-0%
Comments:_____________________________________________________________________________________________
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Professor/Instructor Signature:_____________________________________________________
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WHITTIER COLLEGE
MELLON MAYS UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
MMUF FACULTY MENTOR GUIDELINES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Thank you for serving as a MMUF Faculty Mentor. The information below summarizes the programs’ aims,
goals, and the duties expected of MMUF Faculty Mentors.
The fundamental objective of the MMUF Fellowship is to increase the number students from
underrepresented groups, and others who have demonstrated a commitment to eradicating racial disparities,
who will pursue a Ph.D. and enter the professoriate in core arts-and-sciences fields. These individuals will
ultimately equalize the ethnic and racial composition of faculties in higher education and address the
attendant educational consequences of these disparities.
Mentoring plays a huge role in academic development. Through their guidance and example, Faculty
Mentors help direct students toward achieving their goal of graduate academic success. The MMUF
recognizes the importance of mentors and therefore requires that Fellows find and work with Faculty
Mentors throughout their 2-year Fellowship. In fact, the key component of the MMUF is the faculty-
mentored projects that involve Mellon Fellows in what can best be described as “graduate school and
academic career training.”
Faculty Mentorship Overview:
As a Faculty Mentor, you have the knowledge and responsibility to demystify the formal and informal aspects
of earning a doctorate. Mentors should present insight into the fulfillment and rewards of a career in
scholarship and teaching. In the mentoring relationship, the sharing of personal experience and the
transmission of knowledge intersect in a trusting learning environment that should provide opportunities for
both you and your MMUF Fellow to stretch beyond your boundaries.
Mentoring plays a huge role in academic development. Through your guidance and example, you will help
direct your Fellow towards achieving their goal of graduate academic success. At the heart of the Mellon
Mays Undergraduate Fellows Program is the mentoring relationship established between you and your
Fellow during the duration of the 2 yr Fellowship. The objective and goal of the directed research project is
to give your Fellow a taste of what it will be like to be a graduate student pursuing a Ph.D.
The Responsibilities of the Faculty Mentor:
The Faculty Mentor plays an essential role in the undergraduate component of the MMUF Program. As a
Faculty Mentor you will have five primary responsibilities:
I. Candidacy: As the Faculty Mentor you will assist your MMUF Fellow candidate with their MMUF
application and materials for submission to the committee. You should provide your “potential”
Fellow with tips or practice opportunities for interviewing with the selection committee.
II. Research Project: As the Faculty Mentor you are responsible for overseeing your Fellow’s research
project. The project should inform them in the practices that scholars follow in a selected
discipline. The project should not duplicate the work required in a course but can be the same as
their senior “paper in the major.” In fact, we recommend that they use their MMUF project as
part of their “paper in the major” if possible. The Fellow’s research should not interfere with their
academic progress but should complement and reinforce it. Your Fellow will be asked to develop
a timeline for their research studies that ends in the completion of the project (please see timeline
example on pages 9 and 10). They will need this timeline signed by you in order to receive their
stipend. The expectation is that the timeline will be developed in the first month of the fellowship
during the MMUF Summer Program. As the timeline is a dynamic document, we anticipate that it
will most likely be revised as the project progresses. All revisions to the timeline must be made
under your direction and submitted to the MMUF Directors.
III. Graduate School: As the Faculty Mentor you are expected to help your Fellow prepare for graduate
school. This should involve assisting them with identifying graduate programs in their intended
field, identifying resources such as possible graduate fellowships/grants, providing them with
GRE advice and helping with the application process.
IV. A Career in Academia: As the Faculty Mentor you will provide both academic guidance and insight
into life as an academic. You will provide opportunities for your Fellow to develop teaching skills
through practice.
V. The MMUF Program: As the Faculty Mentor, you will serve as the link between Whittier College’s
MMUF program and your Fellow.
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