Research & Mentoring

Each fellow is required to complete an individual research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor, in the major discipline, by the end of the senior year.

At Haverford College this research experience often coincides with the completion of the Senior Thesis (Senior Research Seminar) requirement of the College for all graduating seniors. Guided research and intensive academic mentoring are the hallmarks of the MMUF Program, intended to serve as the foundations for preparing students for graduate study. Each fellow is paired with a faculty mentor with whom the fellow is expected to meet on a regular basis. The intensive mentoring process represents a serious commitment of time and effort for both students and professor (faculty mentor). In addition, the MMUF Faculty Coordinator will meet with each Fellow and his/her faculty mentor once every semester to ensure the active engagement of all Fellows in this process, and to facilitate the productivity of all participants towards a successful outcome of the mentoring process.

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  • Academic Year Meetings and Workshops

    MMUF Fellows gather several times a semester to present their research, exchange and critique ideas, and support each other's academic and professional goals.

    Typically, new fellows attend a short orientation workshop at the end of the spring semester of their sophomore year (shortly after being admitted into the Program). The purpose of this workshop is to provide the Fellows with an in-depth introduction to the workings of the program, familiarity with the many financial and service/guidance tools and resources available to Fellows both as undergraduate and even more so as graduate students, and to begin building the crucial relationships with peer fellows in their cohort and the rising seniors cohort of Haverford MMUF fellows, as well as Fellow alums. Here, it is our hope that in the future we will be collaborating with Bryn Mawr College, to integrate the bi-co MMUF Orientation workshops, so as to provide deeper links with a wider set of MMUF Fellows across the two campuses.

    In the two years following admittance into the Program, fellows will be required to attend monthly meetings (averaging two per month) organized and moderated by the MMUF coordinators on campus throughout the academic year (Sept.–April). These meetings will have a heavy academic and professional basis, and will include workshops offered on various topics of direct relevance to the students’ academic and professional goals. These will include: preparation for the GRE; writing and research skills; proposal writing skills; public speaking and interview skills; presentation skills; financial aid; dinner at the Provost’s house; and navigating social and professional codes of life in academia. Students attend lectures or other events at nearby MMUF host campuses, as well. We typically also plan cultural outings such as attending a Broadway play, enjoying music performances at the Kimmel Center, as well as museum exhibitions, and dance performances. These cultural outings usually take place towards the end of the Fall semester, in anticipation of the holiday season.

  • Summer Research Courses and Internships

    MMUF fellows are required to spend their first summer as newly elected fellows (that is, the summer following their sophomore year) attending the MMUF Summer Research Training Program (SRTP) at the University of Chicago.

    This is a nine-week program in residency at the University of Chicago, and the benefits include:

    • Participation in two courses–Writing for Research & Engaged Scholarship: The Socio-Cultural Construction of Race & Ethnicity–these courses are designed to develop research and writing skills, and do not count towards Haverford’s credits. (On successful completion fellows will receive a University of Chicago official transcript.)
    • Expansion of research and writing skills.
    • Work in a laboratory, and being paired with a faculty or post-doctoral mentor who is running a research laboratory project related to fellow’s own interests.
    • Develop a support network of mentors and colleagues (fellow MMUF students and other students participating in summer research programs at the Univ. of Chicago for the summer).
    • Build relationships with faculty who can advise and mentor fellows, one or two of whom may be in a position to write recommendations later on.
    • Completion of a research essay (or proposal) and compilation of an annotated bibliography.
    • Outline a roadmap for your continuing research in your home-institution MMUF Program.
    • Building of community—getting to know like–minded undergraduate and graduate students with cultural and ethnic affinities, and exposure to the graduate student life–style in general.
    • Acquiring cultural capital and most importantly, having lots of fun in one of the most vibrant cities in the U.S.—Chicago!

    In the second summer after being selected into the Haverford MMUF Program (that is, summer following the junior year), Fellows will be required to obtain either an internship, or engage in a research project, related to their Senior Thesis, either funded in whole or part by the Haverford MMUF Program. In such an enterprise, we encourage an international component or aspect of the research/learning endeavor. The MMUF Faculty Coordinator, in conjunction with the fellow’s faculty mentor (and thesis advisor if different from mentor), will help identify such projects and research programs, to ensure both the rigor of the research learning experience as well as a fit with the fellow’s research interest and field of inquiry.