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Mellon Mays Fellows, class of 2016

Tania Uruchima '16

Tania is a senior Sociology/Anthropology & Educational Studies special major. Her interests are in expanding educational opportunities, particularly for disadvantaged students and students of color. This summer, Tania was at the University of Chicago conducting research through the MMUF Summer Research Training Program where she began working on her senior thesis, looking at how young people of color are using Tumblr blogs to learn and to teach one another about race and racial injustice. After graduating, she plans to jump into the workforce in the field of education, in order to base her PhD in on-the-ground experience. 

Quinn Wong '16

Quinn is a senior Political Science major with a Spanish minor. Her academic interests include studying globalization, gender and sexuality, and Latin American politics. She spent this summer interning for the Center for Justice and International Law, a NGO specializing in human rights advocacy and in Latin America, where she researched gender disparities in international institutions and their impact on international human rights law as well as worked on launching a campaign to promote gender parity in governance and human rights bodies. In addition to her internship, she conducted an independent research project studying the impact of non-traditional visual media circulated on the Internet as a form of online political action and popular resistance. Quinn plans to pursue a PhD in anthropology. 

Geoffrey Shepard '16

Geoffrey is a senior with an honors major in English Literature, honors minor in History, and course minor in Black Studies. He is interested in stories of racial passing during Jim Crow. Geoffrey’s honors thesis will trace the development of mixed-race identity in African American fiction by focusing on the influence of W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk on the formal representation of mixed-race characters during the early twentieth century. He spent his summer at the University of Chicago’s MMUF Summer Research Training Program, where he drafted and refined a research proposal under the guidance of advanced graduate students. After graduation Shepard hopes to spend a year in public service, hopefully as a City Year AmeriCorps member. He plans to apply for PhD programs in English Literature during the fall of 2016. 

Uriel Medina Espino

Uriel is a senior double major in Political Science and Spanish. His interests include immigration as a social and political phenomenon, what effects trends in immigration have in both realms, and the future social and political implications of these trends, both domestically and transnationally. He spent this past summer in Mexico City, both taking classes and conducting independent research. Uriel plans to apply to joint PhD/JD programs to hone his research skills in Sociology while gaining a deeper understanding of the law and legal processes. 

Jareema Hylton '16

Jareema is an English Major whose interests include Shakespeare’s representations of power and female friendship, as well as Renaissance art history and Black Studies. Jareema spent her summer as an education intern at the Folger Shakespeare Library, working with teachers to develop curricula for D.C. public schools, organizing Shakespeare outreach and the first Folger Summer Academy, and researching/compiling pictorial and written primary resources for practice AP assessments. Jareema plans to pursue a PhD in Renaissance literature. 

Amanda Chan '16

Amanda is a senior at Swarthmore College completing a degree in Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies. Her research interests are marine invertebrates and the conservation of marine ecosystems. At Swarthmore College, she has conducted independent research in the evolutionary and cellular biology laboratories and is currently a teaching assistant for invertebrate biology. Outside of Swarthmore, Amanda has conducted research at Mountain Lake Biological Station, Lizard Island Research Station, and most recently, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). This summer at WHOI she investigated the physiology behind circadian rhythms of the starlet anemone in the lab of Dr. Ann Tarrant. She plans to pursue a PhD in marine science with a focus on conservation.