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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Scholars Program
in the Arts and Humanities
Hope College
Holland, MI 49422-9000

 

Junior Tutorial Guidelines

The junior tutorial requirements for the Mellon Scholars Program may be satisfied in the following ways:

  1. An individual or small-group (2-4) tutorial with a single faculty member over two semesters.
  2. An individual or small-group (2-4) tutorial over two semesters with a different faculty member in each semester.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 plans.
  6. 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 plans.

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.