The Mellon-Pasifika Undergraduate Research Fellows program (UG Fellows) provides paid research opportunities for students at the U to work with Pacific Islands Studies Faculty. Through this program, students will develop research and critical thinking skills by working on a research project under the mentorship of a faculty person. Each fellowship supports approximately 300 hours of paid project time for the student that should be worked through the course of the academic school year. The UG Fellows will be paid $11.00 per hour.
The UG Fellows in Pacific Islands Studies is open to undergraduate students with an expressed interest in pursuing Pacific Islands Studies topics and projects. Students will work collaboratively with a faculty member on a research project, collaborate on a publishable article, and present their work at the Undergraduate Research Symposium and the Annual Pacific Islands Studies Research Symposium. Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible for recognition of their achievements on their diploma. The students selected for the Mellon-Pasifika Undergraduate Research Fellows program will be invited to participate in PI studies events on campus and with the community, take advantage of professional development opportunities created for the PI Studies Pasifika Fellows program, and receive mentoring for their future career plans.
The Mellon-Pasifika Undergraduate Research Fellows program is key to the development of Pacific Islands Studies at the U. The Pacific Islands Studies Initiative at the U is working to build a fertile, mutualistic relationship between Pacific Islander communities and the U with attention to the intersection of Indigeneity and Diaspora. The U’s Pacific Islands Studies Mellon grant fosters three core objectives. First, we seek to ensure that more PI students can access the U through direct first-year enrollment and bridge/mentoring programs for community college students; the attraction to this access will be a unique program in PI Studies that will offer new courses both in languages and in a number of interdisciplinary and humanistic fields. Second, we aim to advance the field of PI Studies, nurturing student- and community-engaged research focused on this powerful Indigenous discipline. Third, we are strengthening meaningful relationships with PI communities in the Salt Lake City area through a diverse slate of community-engaged programming.