Since the inception of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program in 2009, there have been twelve cohorts. 

The 2019-2020 Academic Year marks the 12th year of the MMUF program at Conn. In the past 11 years, the program has had 56 scholars. Of those scholars, 16 have obtained a master’s degree and 11 are in the process of obtaining a Ph.D.

Spring 2019, the MMUF Program has had its first PHD!  Andrea Mendoza, Class of 2013, completed her Ph.D. in Asian Literature, Religion and Culture from Cornell University Graduate School.  She has obtained a faculty position, tenure track, at the University of California, San Diego, in the Department of Literature as Assistant Professor of Inter-Asian and Transpacific Studies.


MMUF Scholars

Cohort 13, Class of 2023

Edgar Alvarez, Sociology & Psychology majors

Anuhea Breeden, East Asian Studies & Anthropology majors

Malissa Lindsey, Sociology major

Quincy Robinson, Gender, Sexuality, & Intersectionality Studies major


Cohort 12, Class of 2022

Betsy Aguilar, Anthropology & Hispanic Studies majors

Autumn Galindo, Government & History majors

Lorena de Leon, English & Film Studies majors

Daniel Varela, International Studies, Italian, & Latin American & Latino Studies majors


Cohort 11, Class of 2021

Shay Borden, Africana Studies, Pyschology majors

Stephan Boodlal, Classics major

Stephanie Martinez, Government major

Ismael Mora, Art History, Latin American & Latino Studies majors

Royalti Richardson, Africana Studies & Sociology

Kiara Rivera, Theatre major


Cohort 10, Class of 2020

Viangely Asencio, Italian, Government and Sociology majors

Ashley Camacho, Government Major, Gender, Sexuality and Intersectionality Studies minor

Jonathan Gomez-Pereira, Botany and Latin American Studies majors

Chante’ Morris, Africana Studies and English majors

Viridiana Villalva Salas, English major


Cohort 9, Class of 2019

Margie Giacalone:   Anthropology and Hispanic Studies majors

Fabiola Ramirez, Slavic Studies and Sociology majors