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College of Arts & Sciences | Mellon Foundation Award for Undergraduate Research

Mellon Foundation Summer Research Award 2019

Application deadline: March 18, 2019

Trinity’s College of Arts & Sciences has been awarded a grant from the Mellon Foundation to
“build connections with critical thinking and strengthen the liberal arts.” The grant includes
support for five undergraduate students to conduct research in the arts and humanities this
summer. Trinity is a particularly suitable place to host these awards given our access to the rich
artistic, cultural and historical resources of Washington, DC. We invited CAS students to apply
for Mellon Foundation Summer Research Awards of $2,000 each. Proposals were due March 18,

Proposal Guidelines:

You must meet with and work with your faculty mentor to prepare the proposal. Faculty
guidance is absolutely essential if one is to meet the high standards expected for this award. Your
proposal will include responses to the following questions:

  1. What is your research question? (Please define in 50 words or less)
  2. What is your method for investigating this question? Be sure to name the resources you
    will need for this investigation. CAS is particularly interested in funding proposals that
    make use of Washington, DC’s unique and rich historical, cultural and artistic resources.
    (Please define in 200 words or less)
  3. What will you submit to communicate the results of the research project? (Please define in 50 words of less)

Responsibilities for awardee and mentor:

  • Awardee and faculty mentor will agree to meet at least twice this summer to discuss the research process.
  • Awardees will submit the final product by Monday, July 22, 2019
  • Faculty members will evaluate the final product by August 5, 2019

Award schedule:

Awardees will receive $1000 of the stipend in early July, based on the faculty mentor’s confirmation of progress on the project. Awardees will receive the other $1000 in late August, based on the faculty mentor’s acceptance of the final product.

How to Apply:

  • Submit proposals to
  • Make sure you and your faculty mentor sign the proposal before submission

Deadline to Apply:

  • Proposals were due March 18, 2019.
  • All applicants were notified of award status by the Dean’s office on April 8, 2019

For more information , please contact CAS Dean Sita Rammamurti at 202-884-9262 or email

2019 Student and Faculty Mentor Awardees

Tiffany Buckner (Mentor: Dr. Lynda Jackson)
“Equal Rights Amendment

Teka Teggest (Mentor: Dr. Wairimu Mwangi)
“Historical Constructions of Masculinity and Mental Illness”

Shanice Cephas (Mentor: Dr. Rewa Burnham)
“Post-Segregation Transformation of the African-American Community in Washington, DC”

Mariangella Figueroa-Bonilla (Mentor: Dr. Steven Gable)
“Consumption of Single-Use Plastic Items in Modern Society”

Mireya Santiago (Mentor: Kerry Luse)
“Representation of Contemporary Mathematicians in Popular Culture”

Fatima Rovira-Moreno (Mentor: Kerry Luse)
“Occurrence of the Golden Ratio in Nature and Works of Art”

Adonis Mokom (Mentor: Wairimu Mwangi)
“Cultural Identities of Black Minorities in the US and UK”

Michelle Vasquez (Mentor: Raul Tovares)
“Impact Latino Small Business Owners have had on Columbia Heights”

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