Welcome to The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship
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Office Information

The Honors College at Queens College
Honors Hall, Room 1
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing, New York 11367

Professor Barbara Simerka, Coordinator
Phone: 718-997-5519
Email: bsimerka@qc.cuny.edu

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“Tomorrow may not be better, but we must believe that it will be. Wars may never cease, but we must continue to strive to eliminate them. We may not abolish poverty, but we must believe that we can provide bread enough and to spare for every living creature and that we can find the means to distribute it. We may not exterminate racism, but we must believe that different racial groups can live together in peace, and we must never cease to try….”
Benjamin Mays

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF) was established in 1988 as a response to the shortage of faculty of color in higher education. The program accepts minority students and others who have a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities. Thus far, more than 400 fellows have completed their PhD and hold professorships as well as tenure-track postions across the country.

A portrait of Dr. Benjamin Mays. The program has been a part of Queens College since 1989, and since then more than 25 fellows have earned PhDs and are teaching across the country. Still more fellows are currently in graduate school completing dissertations, as each year new fellows join the Mellon community. Through challenging seminars, research projects, close mentorship, and travel opportunities, the MMUF program prepares its participants for the rigor of graduate school and shapes them into competitive applicants.

The Andrew Mellon Foundation named the MMUF program after Dr. Benjamin Mays (1894-1984) in honor of his dedication to the struggle for educational, economic, and social equality for all people. Dr. Mays was President of Morehouse College, where he became a mentor to civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Click here to view a brief biography of Dr. Mays.