A $442,000 subgrant was awarded to Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) by the CSU Foundation to support the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, which financially supports undergraduates on their paths to potentially full professorships.
The fellowship is known as the centerpiece of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s initiative to increase diversity in the faculty ranks of U.S. colleges and universities, helping underrepresented students rise to the highest academic levels.
The program focuses on preparing students to succeed in the humanities by supporting their path through undergraduate education, graduate school and full professorships. It also aims to include financial support, mentoring, student support networks, undergraduate research opportunities and graduate school preparation.
The leadership team will include Daniel O’Connor, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and Margaret Black, associate dean of the College of the Arts. Mariah Proctor-Tiffany, College of the Arts faculty member and scholar of the history of medieval and Islamic art, will serve as the faculty coordinator and Elizabeth Nuñez as the program coordinator.
CSULB will select four fellows from applicants in the junior class every year. The newly selected group of fellows will join previous cohorts as they prepare for entry into doctorate programs and potential careers as scholars and faculty members.
Featured photo courtesy of CSULB.