Long Beach,
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February
2018
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Campus Awarded $442,000 to Support the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program

The fellowship seeks to increase diversity in the faculty ranks of U.S. colleges and universities, helping underrepresented students rise to the highest academic levels

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jeff.Bliss@csulb.edu / 562-985-5109

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Feb. 23, 2018) – Long Beach State University has been awarded a $442,000 subgrant from the California State University Foundation to support the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program. The fellowship is described 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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Feb. 23, 2018) – Long Beach State University has been awarded a $442,000 subgrant from the California State University Foundation to support the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program. The fellowship is described 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.

“Undergraduate research is a priority for our campus and is integral to our strategic plan,” President Jane Close Conoley said. “We are grateful for the Mellon Foundation’s generous support of humanities students through the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program.”

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate fellowship prepares students to succeed in the humanities by supporting their path through undergraduate education, graduate school and ultimately full professorships. It allows students to engage in research while simultaneously removing financial barriers, enabling students to devote themselves to academic training.

Guided by principal investigator Angela M. Locks, the fellowship program’s focus will include financial support, mentoring, student support networks, rigorous undergraduate research opportunities and graduate school preparation. The leadership team also includes 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.

Each year, the campus will select four new fellows from applicants in the rising junior class. The newly selected cohort of fellows will join previous cohorts as they prepare for entry into doctorate programs and eventual careers as scholars and faculty members.

Leveraging the strength of the California State University system, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded the CSU Foundation more than $2.2 million. Funding was also awarded to other CSU campuses, including Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Los Angeles and San Bernardino, creating a consortium of Southern California campuses for a greater impact on the region.

Visit here to learn more about Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and eligibility.

Inaugural undergraduate fellows will be selected during the Spring 2018 term. All fellows will work with a member of the faculty on humanities research projects, participate in a summer research program with other fellows across the CSU consortium and continue their research activities during their final two years.

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