Pannapacker, director; Mr. Bandstra, Mr. Bell, Mr. Perovich, Ms.
Graham, Mr. Gruenler, Ms. Heath, Ms. Hronchek, Ms. Larsen, Ms.
Randel, Mr. Reynolds, Ms. Robins.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholars Program in the Arts
and Humanities promotes students’ intellectual engagement
within and across the disciplines, through original research that
combines traditional scholarly methods, creative production, and
new technologies. Working independently or in teams, with the
support of faculty mentors, students build the skills needed to
plan, develop, and undertake significant projects of research
or artistic creation, and to carry them through to completion.
Mellon Scholars emerge from the program with knowledge and experience
that will serve them well in postgraduate study, law school, medical
school, and in competition for national and international scholarship
and fellowship awards at the highest levels. They should also
be prepared to enter a workforce that expects a combination of
critical thinking, research, writing, speaking, initiative, creativity,
collaboration, adaptability, and the ability to work effectively
with digital technology. Students are encouraged to apply academic
skills to real-world problems, and to acquire experiences that
will enable them to explore their values, skills, and interests
in the workplace.
Admission to the Mellon Scholars Program is competitive. Applications
from prospective Mellon Scholars are solicited from first- and
second-year students at the beginning of the spring semester,
and admission to the program is announced prior to fall registration.
The Mellon Scholars Program formally begins with the two-semester,
Interdisciplinary Seminar, taken in the sophomore or junior year.
Following the seminar, Mellon Scholars engage in intensive academic
research in the arts and humanities, which may include individual
study with a faculty mentor; upper-division courses enhanced with
some individual study; participation in a faculty-led team research
project; off-campus study at the Philadelphia Center or Newberry
Library; or a course that supports the integration of technology
and the liberal arts. Through these experiences, Mellon Scholars
complete significant works of scholarship or creative performance
grounded in academic research that may serve as examples of the
student’s capabilities in applications for awards, graduate
programs, and other opportunities. Throughout the program, Mellon
Scholars seek ways to adopt new and emerging digital technologies
for the development, dissemination, and preservation of their
work. They also present their projects at public events such as
the Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative
Performance, the Arts and Humanities Colloquia, and the National
Conference on Undergraduate Research.
The Mellon Scholars Program also offers support for student-faculty
collaborative summer research projects, conference travel, and
other student-faculty development opportunities. For more information
about these opportunities and the program, please contact the
director or visit www.hope.edu/academic/Mellon.
COURSE OF STUDY:
The Mellon Scholars Program consists of 24 credits. Normally,
work undertaken for the program coincides with the General Education
and required coursework for an Arts or Humanities Major or Minor.
In the first year of the program, the sophomore or junior year,
students take 8 credits (4 credits each semester) of IDS 180-181,
the Interdisciplinary Seminars. Normally, participation in IDS
180 and IDS 181 confers Fine Arts I and Cultural Heritage II General
Education credits, respectively; however, students who have taken
courses for those credits prior to enrolling in the program may
petition the director for alternate arrangements. In addition
to IDS 180-181, Mellon Scholars must complete four additional
4-credit experiences from the following menu of options:
- “Mellonized” course. Students enroll in an
upper-division course, meet with the professor regularly in
order to engage more
deeply with the topic, and produce a substantial final project
(i.e., a 20-page research paper or the negotiable equivalent
in writing and digital or creative production).
- Team project.
Students enroll in an individual study in the most appropriate
discipline (by permission of the chair) and
work on a Mellon-sponsored cross-cohort project such as “Digital
Holland,” “Spanish Women Surrealists,” or “Reconciliation
in Post-Conflict Africa.” (Descriptions of these and other
ongoing projects are available on the Mellon Scholars Prorgram
- Individual Study. Students register for an individual
study in the appropriate discipline and produce a substantial
project (i.e., a 20-page research paper or the negotiable equivalent
in writing and digital or creative production). Students may
complete up to 8 credits of IDS 390, the Junior Tutorial and
credits per semester in the junior year), and up to 8 credits
of IDS 590, the Senior Tutorial and Project (4 credits per semester
in the senior year). Students may apply for departmental credit
for IDS 390 and 590; however, Mellon Scholars may not substitute
the IDS 590 for other departmental capstone courses without
the permission of the appropriate department chair. Proposals
a “Senior Tutorial and Project” must be approved
by the Mellon Scholars Committee.
- A course in any department
that supports the integration of technology and the liberal
arts (e.g., “Web Design”).
For Mellon credit, the course must be approved in advance by
the program director.
- The Philadelphia Center: “Digital
Humanities in the Workplace.” Students
receive credit for one or two 4-credit Mellon experiences for
coursework and project development in the context of an internship
at a cultural institution such as Independence National Historic
Park, the Rosenbach Museum and Library, or the American Philosophical
- The Newberry Library, Chicago. Students receive credit
for three 4-credit Mellon experiences for the development
of a substantial
project in the context of a major research library.
Students entering the program as juniors may enroll in one of
these additional experiences concurrently with the spring semester
of the Interdisciplinary Seminar. In all cases, the submission
of a completed project is necessary for the conferral of Mellon
credit. After the class admitted in 2012, Mellon Scholars no longer
receive a 4-credit exemption for off-campus study; all students
in the program may choose from the current options.
are expected to present their work at the Celebration of Undergraduate
Research, and participate in regular, announced
colloquia as a condition of continuation in the program, unless
they are studying off-campus or have a bona fide conflict. Participation
in the program is indicated by the “Mellon Scholars” designation
on academic transcripts.
INTERDISCIPLINARY SEMINAR IN THE ARTS
IDS 180 Mellon
Scholars: Interdisciplinary Seminar I – This
seminar assumes the possession of the foundational tools of the
liberal arts: critical reading, analytical writing, and oral presentation,
among others. It seeks to help students further cultivate their
proficiency at the use of those tools and link them to the ability
to pursue scholarly research with the goal of equipping them to
undertake faculty-student collaborative projects. Oriented around
a theme by a head teacher from the arts or humanities, the seminar
will include a selection of guest professors from Dance, English,
Art, History, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, Religion, and
Theater. Four Credits, Fall Semester, Staff.
IDS 181 Mellon Scholars: Interdisciplinary Seminar II – This
seminar builds on IDS 180 and introduces the use of digital technologies
in support of the foundational tools of the liberal arts. It also
provides training in presentation skills, scholarly collaboration,
and the writing of grant proposals. Oriented around a theme by
a head teacher from the arts or humanities, the seminar will include
a selection of guest professors from Dance, English, Art, History,
Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, Religion, and Theater. Four
Credits, Spring Semester, Staff.
JUNIOR TUTORIAL AND PROJECT
IDS 390 Mellon Scholars: Junior Tutorial and Project – Meeting
regularly with a faculty mentor, students develop an intellectually
coherent course of study and complete a “junior project,” a
significant work of scholarship that may serve as an example of
the student’s capabilities in applications for awards, graduate
programs, and other opportunities. Students may petition for disciplinary
credit in the relevant department, and special arrangements are
available for students engaged in off-campus study programs. Four
Credits, Both Semesters, Staff.
SENIOR TUTORIAL AND PROJECT
IDS 590 Mellon Scholars: Senior Tutorial and Project – Working
with a faculty member (or more than one) on a topic approved by
the Mellon Scholars Committee, students produce a substantial
work of original scholarship or creative production. Students
may petition for disciplinary credit, but IDS 590 may not substitute
for departmental capstone courses without the permission of the
appropriate department chair. Special arrangements are available
for students engaged in off-campus study programs. Four Credits,
Both Semesters, Staff.