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.

University of North Carolina at Pembroke Mellon Foundation Student Research

You can hear from from Jessica and Dr. Fazio on a recent College of Arts & Science's podcast.

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

UNCP REACH Fellow, Abigail Blackmon
Abigail Blackmon

What is your number one travel destination?

My dream destination is the Scottish Highlands.

Dogs or Cats?

Both!

If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Snow crab legs with melted butter and asparagus.

What book should everyone read?

Queen of Camelot by Nancy McKenzie

If you could have one song play every time you enter a room, what would it be?

Louis Armstrong's recording of La Vie En Rose.

UNCP REACH Fellow, Jessica Muniz
Jessica Muniz

What is your number one travel destination?

Hogwarts!

Dogs or cats?

Dogs! 

If you could have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Extra spicy vegan chorizo tacos with refried beans and rice on the side. Followed by arroz dulce con leche do coco (sweet rice with coconut milk) for dessert and I'd wash it all down with Horchata.

What book should everyone read?

Beloved by Toni Morrison. 

If you could have one song play every time you enter a room, what would it be?

Probably the Star Wars theme song, just so I could feel like a Jedi.

UNCP REACH Fellow, Mya Sampson
Mya Sampson

What is your number one travel destination?

The beach or the Great Smoky Mountains, I love both!

Dogs or cats?

Definetly dogs, I have three.

If you could have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Chicken marsala with angel hair pasta.

What book should everyone read?

The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan.

If you could have one song play every time you walked into a room, what would it be?

The Best is Yet to Come by Drake White. 

UNCP REACH Fellow Alexi Baril
Alexis Baril

What is your number one travel destination?

Anywhere I can swim, kayak, white water raft or otherwise be in or on the water!

Dogs or Cats?

Dogs—the bigger and fluffier, the better.

If you could only have one meal for the rest of the life, what would it be?

Macaroni and cheese. Extra cheese.

What book schold everyone read?

A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin.

If you could have one song play everytime you enter a room, what would it be?

Fruit Salad by the Wiggles.

UNCP REACH Fellow, Andrew Nemeth
Andrew Nemeth

What is your number one travel destination?

Israel.

Dogs or cats?

This is an unfair dilemma—dogs.

If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Nachos Ole from Mi Casita's. 

What book should everyone read?

On Liberty by John Stuart Mill.

If you could have one song play every time you walk into a room, what would it be?

Happy H. Christmas by Maniacs of Noise. 

UNCP REACH Fellow, Adonis Johnson
Adonis Johnson

What is your number one travel destination?

Japan, I am fascinated by their culture and rich history. 

Dogs or Cats?

Dogs, any day of the week!

If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Probably rice. You can't go wrong eating rice.

What book should everyone read?

A Troubled Peace by L.M. Elliott. 

If you could have one song play every time you walked into a room, what would it be?

Express Yourself by N.W.A. 

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