Two-Year Program Schedule

The program is designed to cover the last two years of undergraduate study (traditionally referred to as the ‘junior’ and ‘senior’ years).

At UCR, second and third year students with at least two more years until graduation are eligible to apply.

Application and Admission Process:

The MMUF online program application opens in November and closes in early February. After review, the Advisory Committee invites a short-list of applicants for an on-campus interview in March. Successful candidates are notified of admission by the end of April. Transfer students are awarded conditional fellowships, pending acceptance to UCR and completion of the UCR Statement of Intent to Register (SIR).

Soon after being notified of admission to the program, the Fellows select or are matched with a faculty mentor who will help the student prepare a preliminary reading list for the first summer’s research.

In May, new and continuing Fellows, mentors and program coordinators meet for a welcome reception and celebration of graduating members.

 The First Summer (between sophomore and junior years):

During their first summer in the program, Fellows participate in a summer research program, either at UCR or elsewhere.

In the week before the fall quarter begins, the Fellows meet in a joint orientation session with their MMUF cohort to discuss the values of the MMUF program, fellowship expectations and requirements. Mentors and Fellows also have an opportunity to set their research agendas for the year.

Year One:

(1) Developing Research Skills

During the year, MMUF Fellows pursue their research projects and meet with their faculty mentors twice a month at a minimum as a means of monitoring and facilitating their progress. (Fellows have the option to receive academic credit/units for seminar work and research. ) Toward the end of the year, Fellows are encouraged to consider submitting the preliminary results of their research to the University of California Riverside Undergraduate Research Journal ( and presenting the results of their research at the UCR Symposium for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (

During fall quarter, Fellows also attend the Annual Western Regional Conference organized by California’s MMUF programs. This joint programming with other MMUF institutions in the region provides further opportunities to network with colleagues through a rich exchange among Fellows, to present papers, and to attend workshops that will enhance the Fellows’ sense of belonging to a community of scholars.

(2) Developing Writing Skills & Graduate School Application Materials

Every other week, new Fellows engage in a writing workshop with the Writing Specialist. The instructor guides students in preparation of a personal statement, research statement, writing sample and other elements of the graduate school application. The Specialist also provides support for general academic and research writing.

(3) Exploring Academic Life

Alternating weekly meetings not devoted to developing writing skills include sessions with an assortment of UCR faculty members, graduate students and visitors who will talk about their trajectories and lives as academics, their reasons for pursuing the research in which they are engaged, their teaching experiences and the goals they have for their research, teaching, service, and outreach.

(4) Professionalization

The MMUF program asks MMUF Fellows to attend selected extra-curricular lectures on campus and provides opportunities for them to meet with the lecturers on an informal basis before- or after-lecture. These meetings provide opportunities for students and visiting lecturers to talk about the lecturers’ academic careers, their reasons for becoming academics, and their research and teaching goals.

The Second Summer (between junior and senior academic years):

During the summer before their second fellowship year begins, Fellows conduct 8-10 weeks of intensive research in close consultation with their faculty mentors. This research may be a continuation or deepening of the first year’s research or may widen that research to pursue a related theme. Students complete a portion of their final paper which serves as a writing sample to be submitted with Fellow’s graduate applications in December.

With the help of their mentors, Fellows select the graduate schools and programs that best suit their interests and goals. Fellows also take a GRE preparatory class and continue to assemble the components of their graduate school applications, including letters of recommendation.

Year Two:

During the Fall Quarter, Fellows take the GRE and submit their graduate school applications. Throughout the second year, students attend extra-curricular lectures, meet in weekly seminars and twice monthly with their mentors, and participate in information sessions for new MMUF recruits.

By winter quarter of the second academic year, students complete their research projects and final papers. Fellows submit the results of their research to the University of California Riverside Undergraduate Research Journal (, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Journal, and the UCR Symposium for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity ( In addition, they participate in the Annual Western Regional Conference and may attend the Southern California Conference on Undergraduate Research (SCCUR) at Whittier College

During the Winter and Spring, under the guidance of their mentors, Fellows have the opportunity to develop a syllabus related to their research topic for a 2-unit R’course to be taught in the Spring Quarter. R’course is a program that allows undergraduates to lead a one or two-unit class under the mentorship of a faculty member. R’ courses seek to encourage discussion of timely topics outside of the regular classroom curriculum.

 Graduating Fellows receive certificates of completion at the annual spring dinner in May.


The Mellon Mays program offers support to recent graduates and to students enrolled in eligible graduate programs. More information on the career-long benefits for Mellon Mays Fellows can be found at the following program websites:

Mellon Mays Fellowship Professional Network (MMFPN) at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

The Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network (MMFPN) provides formal and informal networking and mentoring opportunities to Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) alumni in every profession and in every stage of their career path, adhering to the unofficial motto: “Once a Mellon, always a Mellon.”

Mellon Mays Graduate Initiative Program at the Social Science Research Council

The Graduate Initiatives Program builds upon the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF) by supporting MMUF fellows from the early stages of graduate school to the post-Ph.D. years. It is only open to Ph.D. students who were selected as Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows. Program components include conferences, workshops, writing retreats and grant opportunities.

It is a toggle.