Wiley's first UNCF/Mellon Mays Fellow Jeremy Jackson spent a month this summer attending the Annual Summer Institute at Emory University. In line with the goals for UNCF/Mellon Mays fellows, Mr. Jackson, a biology major, attended the Institute to help him deepen his commitment to earning a doctorate and teaching at the collegiate level.
Jackson was named a UNCF/Mellon Mays Fellow in the spring. As a fellow, he will conduct research under the guidance of Dr. Walter Shumate, Dean of the Division of Sciences.
The fellowship provides funding for summer research and enabled Jackson to attend the Institute at Emory. The fellowship also provides mentoring throughout his junior and senior years, $1800 per semester for four semesters, research travel grants, graduate school support, loan repayment up to $10,000, and funding and mentoring opportunities during and after graduate school.
The fellowship will also expose Jackson to a community of scholars, over 4,000 Fellows nationally at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral levels, who want to make a difference in higher education.
The UNCF/Mellon Programs are designed to identify the "best and brightest" students from throughout the UNCF network who are worthy of the name Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. Those accepted into the Undergraduate program are expected to present themselves as serious scholars.