Graduate Mentors

Green

Rachelle Renee Green

Program: Graduate Division of Religion (GDR)

Field/Specialization: Religious Education and Practical Theology

What do you enjoy most or what have you found most rewarding about working with the MMUF fellows? I look forward to journeying with the fellows as they write, present, and prepare for further graduate work.

Harris

Erica Vernice Harris

Program: Population Biology, Ecology and Evolution (PBEE)

Field/Specialization: Microbial and Disease Ecology

What do you enjoy most or what have you found most rewarding about working with the MMUF fellows? I find great value in working with the MMUF fellows and seeing their research interests blossom into eloquent projects that not only help them set the stage for their career as independent researchers but also help them further discover their sense of self. The fellows’ curiosity and relentless work ethic energize me beyond words.

Jojo

Georgette "Jojo" Ledgister

Program: Graduate Division of Religion (GDR)

Field/Specialization: Ethics and Society

What do you enjoy most or what have you found most rewarding about working with the MMUF fellows? The process of coaching fellows in their writing as they come into their own as researchers, and begin to see themselves as such, is an aspect of MMUF that is absolutely priceless. In an academy that has yet to produce and celebrate enough scholars who look like these fellows, and share their commitment to epistemologies and methodologies that interrogate the normativity of first-tier research institutions, I am honored to be a part of their growth and development into the leading scholars of tomorrow.

Morris

Nicole Morris

Program: English

Field/Specialization: Literatures of the African Diaspora; Modernism; Theories of Creolization; Literatures of the Global South; Gullah/Geechee Cultures

What do you enjoy most or what have you found most rewarding about working with the MMUF fellows? Working with the MMUF fellows affords me the rewarding opportunity to share all I've learned about navigating academia thus far with undergraduate students who will hopefully follow me into graduate school. I particularly enjoy assisting students with the development and effective presentation of their scholarly voices. In an academy that is still sorely devoid of diverse representation, it is an honor to play a small role in assisting these fellows with joining their important views and research to larger scholarly conversations.

Rainey

Timothy Rainey

Program: Graduate Division of Religion (GDR)

Field/Specialization: American Religious Cultures

What do you enjoy most or what have you found most rewarding about working with the MMUF fellows? The opportunity to engage with ambitious and gifted students has been an energizing experience thus far. I am eager to continue sharing my experiences with fellows and doing my best to help them on their respective journeys into graduate school.