October  2012

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Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network

Administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Dear MMUF Fellows:  

We are pleased to share our second Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network newsletter. The Network continues to grow as Mellon alumni share and connect through our growing Facebook and LinkedIN groups.


Each month the newsletter will feature three or four Mellon alumni.  Please contact us if you would like to be featured  in our next newsletter.


Additionally, each newsletter will include career building and academic opportunities, such as: fellowships, scholarships, jobs, conferences and networking venues.
Each section of the MMFPN newsletter will depend upon your participation and input.


Next month’s newsletter will focus on the Midwest region. Do you know of any job opportunities, conferences, networking events, or scholarships specific to this area? If you live in the Midwest region and would like to be featured in the newsletter or contribute content to the next newsletter, please hit reply and contact us now!


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Featured Fellows:
Monica Coleman, Erica Edwards, Rick Cory


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Meet Mellon alumna

Dr. Monica A. Coleman


When I began my undergraduate career in African American Studies as a Harvard Mellon fellow in 1993, I would not have imagined I would end up an ordained clergyperson or a religion scholar. I am a philosophical theologian who works with a Whiteheadian process metaphysic. My work comes out of womanist traditions and aims for liberation. I've edited or co-edited two book, Creating Women's Theology: A Movement Engaging Process Thought and the forthcoming volume on third wave womanist religious studies, Ain't I a Womanist Too? I've written three books, The Dinah Project: A Handbook on Responses to Sexual Violence, Making a Way Out of No Way: A Womanist Theology and my latest, Not Alone: Reflections on Faith and Depression. I am now Associate Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religions at Claremont School of Theology where I enjoy training persons for ministry, community justice and the religious academy. I love connecting faith and social action striving to break societal and ecclesial silences around sexual and domestic violence and mental health challenges. Current projects include work on the use of new media in churches, and theories of religious pluralism and African American Religions. I blog on depression and faith at www.beautifulmindblog.com.


- Dr. Monica A. Coleman





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Dr. Erica Edwards

Erica Edwards publishes first book, Charisma and the Fictions of Black Leadership



2012 has been a great year! I published my first book, Charisma and the Fictions of Black Leadership, about the ways that African American literature challenges us to think in new ways about black politics and black social movements. It appears in the University of Minnesota Press's new series, Difference Incorporated, edited by Grace Kyungwon Hong and Roderick Ferguson.


I was also awarded tenure at the University of California, Riverside. Since then, I have been living closer to the beach, traveling a lot, and working on my second book (on African American literature after 9/11). I have also been developing ways to nurture new scholarship and mentor younger scholars; most recently through a grant I was awarded to implement a summer research program for HBCU undergraduates.

At its best, my work is a reflection of all of the support and challenging mentorship I received as a MMUF fellow and a graduate student at Duke University. I also like to think of it as a testament to the exciting and politically vibrant intellectual culture of the Southern California region.






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Dr. Rick Cory


Rick Cory strives to improve robotic technologies at
Disney Research

I am currently a postdoctoral associate with Disney Research, where I've been working on new technologis for entertainment robotics, specifically walking robots. I was first introduced to robotics at USC, where I received a B.S. in Computer Engineering and Computer Science in 2004. I graduated with a Ph.D. from MIT in 2012, and was formerly a graduate student at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), where I carried out my doctoral research on autonomous flying robotic birds. I was awarded the 2010 Boeing Engineering Student of the Year Award for my research on flying robots, which was presented by President of Boeing U.K. at the 2010 Farnborough International Air Show in Hampshire, England. As a graduate student, I helped develop the "Humanoid Robotics Competition:, a new undergraduate course at MIT where students would build, wire and program their own humanoid robot for an exciting public exhibition at the end of the term.








Want to know what your fellow Mellons are up to? Read about recent graduate Blythe George's commentary on a conference she attended as well as her achievement throughout this year!

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Mellon alumna Blythe George '12

I attended the Far North State College Access Network Training Conference in September 2012 and presented on "Understanding and Support Underrepresented Students", which focused on the transition to college, based on personal experience and research. Provided examples of the obstacles facing Native student achievement, educational "best practices", and recommendations for supporting underrepresented students for high school and post-secondary level administrators, counselors, and educators.

Currently I am the Academic Counselor & Graduator Cohort Advisor at the Klamath River Early College of the Redwoods- Klamath, CA. I successfully obtained this position in July 2012.
In this position, I advise over 30 high school students at a charter school on the Yurok reservation, specifically advising on college preparation; support students co-enrolled at local community college complete course requirements; administer scholarship program for over 30 participants prepare lesson plans; facilitate discussion, workshops, and cultural activities; participate in staff development.




Have you attended any conferences recently?  Do you have any successes or achievements to share? Click here to submit!



Reported Achievements and Successes!

Congratulations Mellon alumna and playwright Quiara Hudes on receiving the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama!



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Quiara Hudes receives the Pulitzer Prize for Drama from Gregory Moore

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Quiara Hudes in front of The Library of Columbia University on the day of the Pulitzer Prize ceremony





We want to be your resource for fellowships, scholarships and conferences! We can't do this without your input!

Upcoming Conferences

The upcoming MMUF West Coast Regional Conference will be hosted at UCLA on February 7-10, 2013. UCLA is seeking graduate students interested in moderating panel sessions for this event. If interested, please have them email Yvette Martínez-Vu or Andrea Slater at

American Studies Association, Annual Meeting http://www.theasa.net/

AJAAS 1st National Conference

Association for the Study of Higher Education Conference http://www.ashe.ws/?page=749

Job Listings

Postdoctoral Scholar- Fellowship Trainee- jobs.usc.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=66884
Assistant Professorship of East Asian Religions
Harvard Journal for Hispanic Policy- Call for Papers
Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley


Networking Events

Book Talk: "Transforming the Ivory Tower"

Bao Phi & Literature Circle: An evening of readings and conversation with poets


Boren Fellowship: www.borenawards.org

Fulbright mtvU Award:

University of California Berkeley, Fellowships for Graduate Students: https://career.berkeley.edu/Infolab/FellowGrad.stm

Smithsonian Fellowship Opportunities: http://www.si.edu/ofg/fell.htm


Critical Language Scholarship: http://clscholarship.org/

Beinecke Scholarship Program: http://foundationcenter.org/grantmaker/beinecke/

















Dr. Caryl McFarlane

Senior Program Officer

Mellon Mays Programs

and Pickering Fellowships

Email: mcfarlane@woodrow.org

Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

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           Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network

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Courteney Ervin

Program Assistant

Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network

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