“What sets MMUF apart is the way it illuminates the connection between diversity and academic excellence; the importance it places on mentoring relationships; its injunction to students to build supportive networks; the positive functions of the cohort; the disposition to collaborate as well as compete; and the obligation to pay these benefits forward to the next generation of young scholars.”

~ Armando Bengochea, MMUF Director, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

MMUF Seminar

2022 Fall Schedule

- Regular Seminars: Mondays 2:00-2:50 pm

August 22: Welcome Back!

We will do some icebreakers, discuss our summer research and personal experiences, and discuss the fall semester of MMUF. We will set up accounts on NCFDD and discuss how we will be using the website for MMUF. Homework: Create a semester strategic plan using SMART goals. We will share them on Slack before next week.

August 29: Pathway to the Doctorate

We will discuss a shift in language, from “Pathway to the Professoriate” to “Pathway to the Doctorate.” We’ll talk about the “Hot Tips” sheet and touch on

  • Vocabulary of the professoriate
  • What career paths your degree unlocks
  • Quantitative vs. qualitative research

September 5: Abstract Writing

We will cover writing abstracts for research that is complete, incomplete, and planned for the future.

September 12: Grad School Grid: How to Prepare for Grad School Applications

We will discuss how to make a grad school matrix and how to locate the information that should ideally go on it. We will also cover how to ask professors for letters of recommendation. We will also have a conversation around disciplines and why disciplines matter and how to talk about a program when you’re writing to programs you don’t know much about.

September 19: From Elevator Pitch to Dissertation Defense: Talking About Your Research

We will discuss the many ways you will be asked to talk about your research, not limited to Talking Circles and Oral Presentations but also including other forms that you will encounter down the road. We will review various ways to visually present your research, but we will focus especially on posters in the hopes that some of you will choose to do poster presentations for the regional conference.

September 26: Making the Ask

We will discuss how to requisition letters of recommendation. We will also discuss how to cold “call” (email) professors you don’t know and why/when you might do this, including reaching out to authors of journal articles/books.

October 3: Writing Personal Statements and Cover Letters

We will review all the elements of exceptional personal statements and cover letters, including successful ones from our former fellows.

October 10: Workshop Personal Statements

Everyone will submit their personal statement on Slack before workshop. You will be paired with someone to workshop your personal statement.

October 13-14: FALL BREAK

October 17: IRB Workshop: Working with Human Subjects in Your Research

We will have a guest speaker from the UNM OIRB giving us a presentation on IRB research. We will also have a conversation around research ethics.

October 20: Presentation Practice for Conference

Andrew, Christy, and Damian will practice their presentations. Using a feedback sheet and discussion, everyone will provide feedback.

October 24: Presentation Practice for Conference

Jesus, Mark, Rios, and Shaleena will practice their presentations. Using a feedback sheet and discussion, everyone will provide feedback.

October 27-30: MMUF Regional Conference at UC Berkeley

We depart to California on Thursday, October 27th. The conference will take place Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29th. We will return Sunday, October 30th. Please let your professors know SINCE NOW that you will be missing class on Thursday and Friday. If you need a letter from Kiyoko asking for your absence to be excused for this school-sponsored activity, please let us know.

October 31: No Workshop—Use Slack to write about your experience at the conference. Please be sure to submit this before Friday of this week.

November 7: Managing Mental Health

We will have a guest speaker to facilitate a mental health and wellness day.

November 21: Writing a CV

We will discuss the elements of a CV and you will spend workshop working on your own CV with the opportunity to ask questions as you work.

November 28: Reflections of MMUF: Panel of Former MMUF Fellows

This panel will consist of people who were former MMUF fellows to see what they are doing in their lives. Did they go to graduate school? Did they pursue careers in academia? Bring questions for the panelists.

December 5: Planning for Spring

We will decide what types of workshops you all want to have in spring, ie: organizing events on campus, campus visits, and/or writing journal articles. Make two suggestions on Slack before we meet so we can discuss.

December 12: Last meeting—party + wrap-up the fall