Mellon Mays Program at 25 years

At 25 Years, Mellon Mays Will See Record Eight Graduate

In the 25 years of the program at Dartmouth, one third of the 120 Mellon Mays alumni have enrolled in PhD programs, says Michelle Warren, a professor of comparative literature and Dartmouth coordinator of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation established the program in 1988 with eight founding institutions to increase faculty diversity. Dartmouth and fellow Ivies Harvard, Yale, and Princeton joined the following academic year, as did the UNCF consortium of historically black colleges and universities. The program has since grown to dozens of institutions across the country, and includes three universities in South Africa.

“Underrepresentation in higher education remains a significant issue,” says Warren.

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