REACH

Research. Engagement. Action. Community. Humanities.

An opportunity for qualified students who have a sincere interest in pursuing graduate work for the express purpose of pursuing a career in academia. 

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In December 2019, UNC Pembroke received a three-year $950,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish R.E.A.C.H—a program designed to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in faculty positions in institutions of higher education across the United States. R.E.A.C.H. aims to create a groundswell of future scholars among American Indian, African-American, Hispanic-American and other underrepresented minorities interested in advanced study in the humanities--although any qualified student is eligible. 

Each Mellon Fellow will be paired with an individual faculty mentor to develop a research project. Mentors will also help Mellon Fellows target research repositories and appropriate conferences within their respective disciplines. Funds will be provided for research, travel, graduate school entrance exams, and an application to a graduate degree program in the humanities. Room and board will also be provided for the Summer Research Exploration Program that will be held on campus.

RECENT NEWS:

Research Changes Lives: How UNCP Provides a Pathway to Graduate School for Students from Underrepresented Minority Groups

https://www.aacu.org/aacu-news/campus-model/research-changes-lives-how-uncp-provides-pathway-graduate-school-students

Spotlight on REACH Fellow Kaila Thompson

2020-2021 R.E.A.C.H. Fellows

UNCP REACH Fellow, Zachary Young
Zachary Young

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?

Egypt

Cake or pie?

Cake—Pound Cake or Red Velvet!

What would your superpower be if you were a superhero?

To be able to see the future.

What song do you sing for karaoke?

Fly by Sugar Ray featuring Super Cat

What would the name of your autobiography be?

I Don't Have a Clue, Neither Does Anyone Else?

UNCP REACH Fellow, Christine Melchor-Ortiz
Christine Melchor-Ortiz

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?

Without hesitation, I would move to Japan. I would love to experience the season changes in Kyoto and see the seasonal festivals.

Cake or pie?

Cake!

What would your superpower be if you were a superhero?

Mind reading! Although, I would use my power to be nosy about 98% of the time.

What song do you sing for karaoke?

Lean Wit Me by Juice WRLD

What would the name of your autobiography be?

It All Started When I was Born

UNCP REACH Fellow, Ashley Benoit
Ashley Benoit

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?

Switzerland because it would be a centralized location to travel all over and I could still take advantage of the Alps.

Cake or pie?

Cake, for sure.

What would your superpower be if you were a superhero?

I'd like the ability to pause time. Not for me, but everyone around me. I need more time in the day with less distractions!

What song do you sing for karaoke?

Any of King George's parts in Hamilton, I know them all by part!

What would the title of your autobiography be?

Ashley, Get in the Bronco: The Ashley Benoit Story.

UNCP REACH Fellow, Dana Hunt-Locklear
Dana Hunt-Locklear

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?

Venice. I think the culture and scenery are beautiful.

Cake or pie?

I choose cake over pie any day-specifically a chocolate layer cake.

What would your superpower be if you were a superhero?

I would want the power of teleportation so I could travel anywhere at the snap of my fingers.

What song do you sing for karaoke?

Butterfly by BTS or When You Were Young by The Killers.

What would the title of your autobiography be?

Land Back: Gaining Ground.

UNCP REACH Fellow, Irma Bannerman
Irma Bannerman

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year where would it be?

Paris! Experiencing the beautiful scenery, going shopping and enjoying the food would be amazing.

Cake or pie?

Cake—vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, you name it!

What would your superpower be if you were a superhero?

To be able to teleport.

What song do you sing for karaoke?

Any song by Mary Mary!

What would the title of your autobiography be?

The Walk, Journey and Beauty of Purpose

UNCP REACH Fellow, Mattea Sylvester
Mattea Sylvester

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?

South Korea

Cake or Pie?

Cheesecake

What would your superpower be if you were a superhero?

Invisibility

What song do you sing for karaoke?

Sugar, Were Going Down by Fall Out Boy

What would the title of your autobiography be?

Fool's Errands

UNCP REACH Fellow, Natalia Sarmiento
Natalia Sarmiento

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?

Costa Rica

Cake or pie?

Pie

What would your superpower be if you were a superhero?

Turning dreams or imaginations into reality.

What song do you sing for karaoke?

Hopelessly Devoted to You by Olivia Newton-John or Rata de dos Patas by Paquita la del Barrio

What would the title of your autobiography be?

Changing Places.

UNCP REACH Fellow, Kaila Thompson
Kaila Thompson

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?

Japan. For the food, music and anime.

Cake or pie?

Cake, strawberry cake specifically.

What would your superpower be if you were a superhero?

The ability to teleport.

What song do you sing for karaoke?

Catch My Breath by Kelly Clarkson.

What would the title of your autobiography be?

My Average Exciting Life.

UNCP REACH Fellow, Hannah Irving
Hannah Irving

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?

Lecce or Livorno, Italy

Cake or Pie?

Pie, no question. It's my favorite dessert to bake. S'mores or Pumpkin pie are my two favorites.

What would your superpower be if you were a superhero?

Mind control/telepathy

What song do you sing for karaoke?

Just the Two of Us by Grover Washington, Jr. and Bill Withers

What would the title of your autobiography be?

Finding Purpose

UNCP REACH Fellow, Chandler Allred
Chandler Allred

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?

New Zealand, if I could live with the Maori people.

Cake or pie?

Pie, of course.

What would your superpower be if you were a superhero?

To change into any animal whenever needed.

What song do you sing for karaoke?

Simple Man by Leonard Skynyrd.

What would the title of your autobiography be?

The Resounding Understanding of Nothing

UNCP REACH Fellow, Jessica Muniz
Jessica Muniz

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?

Puerto Rico—to connect with family, practice my Spanish and eat great island food!

Cake or Pie?

Team pie!

What would your superpower be if you were a superhero?

The ability to time travel as an observer.

What song do you sing for karaoke?

Any rap song. Not because I'm a talented rapper, but to make a fool of myself!

What would be the title of your autobiography be?

Bun, Hoops and Pointy Flats: The Life of a Legand.

Jamie Mize, REACH Program Director
 
UNCP’s REACH Program offers a unique experience to undergraduate students interested in pursuing a future academic career in Humanities disciplines. The research experiences provided by the program and the one-to-one mentoring that REACH Fellows receive will make them stronger candidates for graduate programs. REACH truly exemplifies UNCP’s motto, “changing lives through education.” - Dr. Jamie M. Mize