January 19, 2021

MMUF fellow Tongo Eisen-Martin, an alumnus of Columbia University's MMUF program, has been selected as the next poet laureate of the city of San Francisco. Tongo, who also earned a master's degree in African American studies from Columbia, is the author of Heaven is All Goodbyes, from the Pocket Poet Series published by City Lights Books, which won an American Book Award and the California Book Award for Poetry in 2018.

July 12, 2020

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.

June 23, 2020

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.

May 18, 2020

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.

May 04, 2020

MMUF PhD Jericho Brown has been awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his 2019 book The Tradition, which was previously a finalist for the National Book Award. Dr.

September 11, 2019

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.

June 14, 2019

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.

April 30, 2019

In November 2018, Bryn Mawr College undergraduate MMUF fellows Wynter Pohlenz Telles Douglas (pictured) and Ana Alvarez Guzman convened the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Conference on the Ancient World in collaboration with the Classical Association of the Atlantic States; the Bryn Mawr Greek, Latin and Classical Studies Department; and the Classics Colloquium.