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Undergraduate Opportunities

Current Undergraduate Opportunities

  • The Cornell Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Pre-PhD Program is now accepting applications for the 2017 application season. We would greatly appreciate your help in identifying eligible students who you think may be a good fit, and would benefit from the MMUF pre-PhD program. Thank you in advance for your assistance and consideration.  Please see details below.

    Fellowship Benefits:

    • Mentoring and Independent Research: Each Mellon fellow is paired with a faculty mentor with whom s/he meets on a regularly. Students work with their mentors to develop their scholarly interests and pursue a research plan.
    • Research Prize: Fellows receive research prize of $1,800 each semester, a summer research prize of up to $3,900 is available to conduct research, in addition to conference and travel funding.
    • Global Perspective: Fellows have the opportunity participate in the MMUF January Conference in Cape Town, South Africa
    • Student Loan repayment: Fellows are eligible for up to $10,000 towards the repayment of undergraduate student loans, upon entering a Ph.D. program within a Mellon-designated field.
    • Graduate Network: Fellows receive continued support upon entering a PhD program including access to the vast MMUF network, the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), and other resources (academic and professional conference, workshops, seminars, and dissertation grants)


    • A sophomore or junior in good standing (minimum g.p.a. of 3.0 ) majoring in one of the Mellon-designated field:
      • Africana Studies, Anthropology, Area/Culture/Ethnic Studies, Art History, Classics, English, Gender Studies,
      • Foreign Languages, Film, Cinema, and Media Studies, History, Linguistics, Literature, Musicology, Ethnomusicology, Music Theory
      • Performance Study, Philosophy, Political Theory, Religion, Sociology

    Information Sessions:

    Wednesday, Mar 1st @4:15PM      Klarman Hall KG17
    Monday, Mar 13th @ 12:30PM       Klarman Hall KG17
    Thursday, Mar 22nd @ 3:00PM     Klarman Hall KG17

    About Cornell MMUF:

    The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF) was established to address over time the problem of underrepresentation in the academy at the level of College and University faculties. MMUF provides opportunities for academic development, research mentoring, and for students interested in pursuing a PhD and a career in academia. The program encourages underrepresented minority students (e.g., Native Americans, Latino/as, and African Americans), and others with a demonstrable commitment to increasing opportunities for underrepresented minorities, breaking down stereotypes and increasing cross-racial and ethnic understanding to develop their academic interests to the fullest and to pursue academic careers in Mellon-designated fields. MMUF was established to address over time the problem of underrepresentation in the academy at the level of College and University faculties.

    MMUF is not for students who intend to go to medical school, law school, or pursue other professional careers

    Application Requirements 

    Applications and additional information are available at
    Application Deadline:  Friday, March 30th, 2017.

  • Cornell MMUF Program Directors:
    Margo Natalie Crawford, faculty director
    Associate Professor
    Department of English
    260 Goldwin Smith Hall
    Chad O. Coates, administrative director
    Assistant Dean
    Office of Advising and Admissions
    KG17 Klarman Hall


  • Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), Cornell Washington: SPSSI is an international scientific association founded in 1936 for psychologists and other social scientists who study social issues.  The research conducted by our member has been central to many major social policy directions and decisions, including the Brown v. Board Education Supreme Court ruling that struck down school segregation.  Our society regularly hosts congressional briefings, issues policy briefs and fact sheets, and hosts training events for psychologist who would like to become more engaged in public policy. You can see our general call for internship applications here.
  • Summer Internship Opportunities in Vermont & Wisconsic:   A traditional summer camp with locations in Vermont and Wisconsin for kids who have been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome or a non-verbal learning disorder.  Camp Akeela is seeking young energetic people to work as counselors.
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  • Research Assistant Position
    Beginning April/May 2017
     There is an opening for a part-time Research Assistant Position at the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy in NYC, beginning in April/May 2017. The Research Assistant will assist in collection, scoring, and analysis of intake packets and questionnaires. Additionally, research assistants will learn about and aid in the intake process here at AICT. Research Assistants have the opportunity to attend AICT’s weekly case conference— a meeting in which staff members discuss new treatment techniques, problematic patient cases, or hear lectures from experts in the field. This position is part-time and ideal for a recent graduate or masters student. We prefer someone with an interest and some education in psychology and someone who is mature, responsible, compassionate, and is able to multi-task. The Institute is directed by Robert L. Leahy, PhD, who is recognized world-wide in CBT. Dr. Leahy is the Past-President, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Past-President, International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy, and Past-President, Academy of Cognitive Therapy and Clinical Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Weill-Cornell University Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital. He is the author and editor of 26 books and the recipient of the Aaron T. Beck Award from the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.
     Please forward a CV and a statement of interest to Ms.Sindhu Shivaji at  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Shivaji at (212) 308-7371.
     Applications will be reviewed until a suitable candidate is identified.
  • WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY –  Research Position, The Connect lab ( headed by Dr. Jessica Damoiseaux atWayne State University is inviting applications for a full-time Research Assistantposition, starting July 2017.

  • The Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab (SSNL, PI: Jamil Zaki) is seeking a full-time research assistant to join us in Summer or Fall 2017.The SSNL team studies social and emotional processes, such as empathy, prosociality, motivation, emotion regulation, and social influence. We explore these phenomena using a wide variety of techniques, including neuroimaging, computational modeling, and field research. You can find out more about our research here: Full-time RAs in our lab coordinate multiple aspects of intensive research projects, including recruitment, data collection, stimulus and paradigm development, and data maintenance and analysis. A background in research, passion for human psychology, and skills in programming or statistics are preferred but not required. Applicants should have very strong organizational skills and work well in teams. Review of applications will take place on a rolling basis. Application materials can be found here.
  • Columbia University Medical Center: Cognitive Rehabilitation in MS Fellowship Training Program