Research & Mentoring:
Summer Research Courses and Internships
Haverford College 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.