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May 19th, 2021
Mellon Research Fellows Celebration
Supporting and recognizing student success is integral to the mission of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education. On May 13, 2021, the Mellon Research Fellows and the many people who made the program possible gathered at the VMFA sculpture garden to celebrate the Fellows’ accomplishments.
These seventeen students from John Tyler and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community Colleges researched unique topics in the arts and humanities over the course of nine months. Working alongside a community college faculty member and a VCU faculty connection, the Mellon Research Fellows demonstrated an impressive commitment to the development of their projects and research skills.
“They maintained rigorous academic schedules, balancing jobs and family obligations. They showed up‒literally and figuratively‒every week”, said Dr. Micol Hutchison, Director of the Pathways to Arts and Humanities Academic and Workforce Programs. “And, most impressively, they pursued innovative inquiries to produce impressive, valuable final products. I feel tremendous admiration towards every one of them and hope that they recognize what they have accomplished.”
At the event, several student speakers expressed their gratitude toward their mentors and the program itself. The students’ talents were at the forefront of the occasion; Sonu Sunil’s block prints and William Jones’ poetry reading were powerful examples of their creativity. Mentors were also given the opportunity to recognize their students during the certificate distribution ceremony.
The Mellon Research Fellows program would not exist without the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the VCU Office of Development & Alumni Relations. The VFCCE is proud to work alongside these partners to provide meaningful opportunities for students to realize their true potential.