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

Mellon Foundation Summer Research Award 2018

Application deadline has passed. All proposals were due March 19, 2018.

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 19,

2018 Student and Faculty Mentor Awardees

Zakiyyah Jones (Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jamey Piland)
Research Topic: Graffiti Art and Social Change for Women’s Issues

Vanessa Perry (Faculty Mentor: Dr. Allen Pietrobon)
Research Topic: The Pilot District Project

Ameenah Johnson (Faculty Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Child)
Research Topic: Women Sexuality through Media in the 19th Century

Daniela Zelaya (Faculty Mentor: Dr. Allen Pietrobon)
Research Topic: The Devaluing of Public School Teachers

Sadia Taluckder (Faculty Mentor: Ms. Jacqueline Rampey)
Research Topic: “The Women’s Suffrage Movement and the Future of Women Leaders in Politics”

Danielle Vado (Faculty Mentor: Dr. Wairimu Mwangi)
Research Topic: “Event Structure Analysis and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the Hispanic population”

To be considered for this award, students assembled and submitted a proposal in collaboration
with a faculty mentor. (See proposal guidelines below).

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 23, 2018
  • Faculty members will evaluate the final product by August 6, 2018

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.

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 or less)

How to Apply:

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

Deadline to Apply:

  • The application deadline has passed. Proposals were due March 19, 2018.
  • All applicants were notified of award status by the Dean’s office April 2, 2018

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

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