Mellon Research Fellows projects

In August 2022, a group of Pathways Program students from Brightpoint and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community Colleges began year-long research projects in the humanities and arts under the mentorship of a community college faculty member and a VCU faculty connection as part of the Mellon Research Fellows program.

Through weekly meetings with their mentors and peers, attendance at monthly symposia, and many hours of reading, interviewing, reflection, writing and learning, our Mellon Research Fellows have produced thirteen thoughtful, unique and creative final projects, which can be explored below. Most of these Mellon Research Fellows will be transferring to VCU in the upcoming academic year.

To learn more about our students and their projects, select their respective link below. (Links to previous year's projects are listed are the bottom of the page.)

Faculty connections

Each Mellon Research Fellow worked with both a faculty mentor at the community college and a faculty connection at VCU. The VCU faculty connections not only provided feedback on students’ projects in the spring, but also discussed students’ goals, academic and professional aspirations, and VCU opportunities.

The VCU faculty connections can be found below.

  • Caddie Alford
  • Nicole Anderson Ellis
  • Liz Canfield
  • Mariah Crilley
  • Nikki Fernandes
  • Sara Laws
  • Chris Martiniano
  • Ana Yenni Leon
  • Hilary Levinson
  • Beth Kreydatus
  • Mary Caton Lingold
  • Mayda Topoushian

Previous cohorts

Information on projects from previous Mellon Research Fellows cohorts is temporarily unavailable. 

  • 2021-22 Mellon Research Fellows cohort
  • 2020-21 Mellon Research Fellows cohort