The junior tutorial requirements for the Mellon Scholars Program may be satisfied in the following ways:
- An individual or small-group (2-4) tutorial with a single faculty
member over two semesters.
- An individual or small-group (2-4) tutorial over two semesters
with a different faculty member in each semester.
- Enrollment in each semester in one upper-division course in any
4-credit Arts or Humanities department with an additional tutorial
relationship with the teaching faculty member and a more extensive
research requirement. The student and teacher should meet regularly
outside of class (normally, about one hour per week) to facilitate
the research process, and the research expectations for the course
should be the established norm for junior tutorials (e.g., a 20-page
paper or the equivalent). Students should register for
an upper-division course, obtain permission from the professor to “Mellonize” the
course, and then inform the Program Director. At the conclusion of the course students submit their project to the Mellon Director for review; if the work is satisfactory, "Mellon Junior Project" will be indicated on the transcript. If the project is not satisfactory, the student may revise and resubmit the project.
- Options 1-3 may be combined over the course of the year (e.g.,
a student or small group may spend one semester as part of a course,
or off-campus, then study one-on-one with the professor). The Mellon
Scholars Committee must approve variations on those options in advance.
- An off-campus study program in the fall or spring combined with
an individual, on-campus tutorial or course-based tutorial in either
semester. Mellon Scholars desiring this option should consult with
their academic advisor and the Program Director how their off-campus
studies will relate to their course of student and possible career
- Mellon Scholars who spend both semesters of the junior year off-campus
must submit an acceptable junior project in order to continue in
the program. Mellon Scholars desiring this option should consult
with their academic advisor and the Program Director how their off-campus
studies will relate to their course of study and possible career
Except for students who have made special arrangements for off-campus
study, Mellon Scholars are expected to produce a substantial project
in each semester; the project may be cumulative for two-semester
plans. Junior Mellon Scholars are expected to participate in the
Celebration for Undergraduate Research and other presentation opportunities.
Disciplinary credit for junior tutorials is subject to the review
of the appropriate departmental chair.
In some cases, subject to the review of the Program Director, “shadow
tutors,” normally from Hope College, may join a tutorial to
provide support for interdisciplinary projects.