Joining the Mellon Scholars
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
in the Arts and Humanities
Holland, MI 49422-9000
Senior Tutorial Guidelines
Guidelines for the Mellon Scholars Senior Tutorial and Project:
- The Mellon Senior Tutorial and Project is a two-semester sequence
taken during the fall and spring semesters of the senior year.
- Continuing Mellon Scholars register for an independent study
in their major discipline with their mentor in the spring of the
junior year and the fall of the senior year. The topic of the Mellon
Senior Tutorial must be approved by the mentor and the director in
advance of registration. At the end of each semester Mellon credit
will be given to the student if the work performed meets
the expectations of the Program Director in consultation with the
Mellon Scholars Committee. The approval of the appropriate department
chair is required if the student seeks course credit in a disciplinary
area for a major or minor.
- A project proposal must be submitted to the program director
before October 1 for approval by the Mellon Scholars Committee in
order for a student to register for the spring semester of the Mellon
Senior Tutorial. The proposal (no more than 1,000 words) should include
a description of the project, an explanation of its scholarly significance,
including a supporting bibliography, plans for incorporating digital
technology, and, in some cases, a budget for appropriate expenses.
It should also include a 1-page endorsement from the student’s
- The Senior Tutorial and Project may not substitute for a departmental
capstone experience without the permission of the appropriate department
- The Senior Tutorial and Project is undertaken with a single faculty
mentor over both semesters of the senior year, but other arrangements
are possible with the approval of the program director and the Mellon
- At the conclusion of each semester of the tutorial, the student
may apply for disciplinary credit with the approval of the
appropriate department chair using the “credit/waiver substitution
- The Senior Project is a substantial work of scholarly research,
typically 40-50 pages or the equivalent, including creative production.
The creative use of digital technology may constitute a portion of
that written work.
- Seniors are encouraged to present their work at off-campus conferences
appropriate to their disciplines and petition the program director
for support to present their projects.
- Seniors are expected to present their work at the Celebration of Undergraduate Research.
- Off-campus study programs in the senior year, such as the Newberry Library Program, should support
the preparation of the Senior Project. If a Mellon Scholar participates
in an off-campus study program in the spring of the senior year,
he or she must still participate in the Mellon Scholars Program’s
conference presentations in order to complete the Program. That participation
may be done electronically.
- Students who complete the Mellon Scholars Program will receive
special recognition at the Honors Convocation and Commencement. Completion
of the Program is also noted on Mellon Scholars’ academic transcripts.