MMUF fellow Blythe George, the recent recipient of a PhD in sociology and social policy from Harvard University, was profiled in June by the Harvard Gazette. Dr. George, who was selected as a fellow at Dartmouth College, is the first member of northern California's Yurok tribe ever to earn a PhD from Harvard.
The California Institute of Technology website recently posted an article spotlighting the accomplishments and plans of five MMUF undergraduates from the Class of 2020. Caltech MMUF fellows may pursue undergraduate and graduate research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics with MMUF support under an exemption from the program's otherwise exclusive focus on the humanities and social sciences.
On May 15th, the New York Times featured an op-ed piece by MMUF PhD Brandi T. Summers, "What Black America Knows About Quarantine." Dr. Summers, an assistant professor of geography and global metropolitan studies at the University of California at Berkeley, discusses the February murder of black jogger Ahmaud Arbery, the overrepresentation of African Americans among workers newly deemed "essential" and among deaths from COVID-19, and the predominantly white protests against stay-at-home orders in several U.S. states.
MMUF PhD and University of Chicago Professor of Cinema and Media Studies Jacqueline Stewart has been chosen as the newest host on cable television's Turner Classic Movies. Professor Stewart, who was selected as an MMUF fellow at Stanford University and earned her PhD in English from the University of Chicago, will host TCM's silent-movie program "Silent Sunday NIghts" beginning on September 15th; she will be the network's first African-American host.
Amherst College, which joined the roster of MMUF institutions in 2017 alongside Howard University and the Los Angeles-area campuses of California State University, recently spotlighted its two-year-old MMUF program in a feature story on Amherst's website.
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has produced Toward a More Inclusive Academy: MMUF at 30, a short film about the program.