My Linh Lucero, a second-year student at The University of New Mexico, has been awarded the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship. The fundamental objective of MMUF is to address the problem of underrepresentation in the academy at the level of college and university faculties.
Lucero is a second-year student, double majoring in Anthropology with a concentration in Human Biology and Psychology and expects to graduate in 2025. Besides assisting Anthropology department administrator Jennifer George in the Clark Field Archive and Library, Lucero is also the vice president of the Undergrad Anthropology Society.
“I am from Albuquerque, New Mexico. My mom is Vietnamese, and my dad is Hispanic, which is what sparked my interest in multicultural studies. I am interested in connecting Anthropology and Psychology with my research. For my study for Mellon Mays right now I am planning to work on seeing if there is a difference in mental health between people of one culture and people of multicultural backgrounds — such as people from collectivistic cultures coming to America with more individualistic ideals,” she explained.
With this fellowship she will work with a mentor in her study idea, as well as receive funding for the study. She will also attend conferences for Mellon Mays fellows to talk about her research and hear about other research as well.
“UNM has helped me a lot as it has given me more options and knowledge about what I could do and how to prepare for life after school,” Lucero said.
Read more about the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship at UNM.
The fundamental objective of MMUF is to address the problem of underrepresentation in the academy at the level of college and university faculties. This goal can be achieved both by increasing the number of students from underrepresented minority groups who pursue Ph.D.s and by supporting the pursuit of Ph.D. degrees by students who may not come from traditional minority groups but have otherwise demonstrated a commitment to the goals of MMUF. The MMUF program is designed to encourage fellows to enter Ph.D. programs that prepare students for professorial careers.