Brown University has announced a five-year, $1.25 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of summer undergraduate research in the humanities and social sciences by underrepresented students identified, trained and mentored through the Brown-based Leadership Alliance, a consortium of thirty-six research and teaching institutions.
In collaboration with UNCF/Mellon Programs (a Leadership Alliance partner), the Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative (LAMI) will work to enhance the mentoring of Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows and create more deliberate institutional partnerships between UNCF/Mellon and Leadership Alliance institutions. Beginning this summer, LAMI will support approximately three hundred undergraduate student research positions at Leadership Alliance member institutions, provide stipends for students in the humanities and related social sciences who participate in the Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program, and provide support for workshops, seminars, and training in research methods in the humanities and social sciences.
The initiative is open to undergraduate students from any U.S. college or university. Funding from Mellon will support cohorts of four to six students at the following Leadership Alliance research sites: Brown, Columbia, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, New York University, Stanford, the University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Virginia, and Yale.
"The renewed support of the Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative will enhance efforts to mentor diverse students motivated to pursue a doctoral degree in the humanities and related social sciences," said Medeva Ghee, executive director of the Leadership Alliance and an assistant professor of the practice of behavioral and social studies at Brown. "These sustained efforts will contribute to developing a professoriate and scholarly workforce reflective of our diverse society."