MAA News – 2023 Mentoring Program

This summer saw the successful completion of the 2023 MAA Summer Workshop Program!

The new programming run by the Mentoring Programs Committee (MPC) broadly aims to foster and mentor a diverse group of rising medievalists. During the 2022 summer, the MPC (chaired by Teofilo Ruiz, UCLA) successfully organized its pilot program, which convened for multiple weeks over zoom and culminated in an in-person gathering at Yale (hosted by Hussein Fancy).

This summer, the MPC (chaired by Nancy Wu, The Metropolitan Museum of Art), organized a one-day virtual event exclusively focused on grant-writing. Organized and convened by Liz Hardman (Bronx Community College, CUNY) and Ana C. Núñez (Stanford University), the virtual event was hosted by UCLA’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS)-Center for Early Global Studies (CEGS). Jennifer Speed (Texas State University) and Nicole Lopez-Jantzen (Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY)—who had previously participated in the 2023 pilot program—led the day’s programming.

This summer, seven students from different American and European universities, across multiple medieval disciplines, gathered together online to learn effective strategies for seeking grants at various stages of one’s career. Participants explored key elements common to grant writing, from addressing institutional mission statements to constructing budgets. Throughout the day, participants discussed model grants and engaged in shared writing exercises describing and pitching their work.

If you would like to get involved in the MPC’s programming, watch for calls for mentors and workshop facilitators for the upcoming 2024 MAA Summer Workshop Program. Next year’s event–convened by Liz Hardman and Thomas Barton (UC San Diego)—will again feature weeks of programming online, with a culminating in-person gathering at UC Berkeley.

The organizers would like to thank everyone at UCLA’s CMRS-CEGS who helped make the day a success: Zrinka Stahuljak, Karen Burgess, and Thi Nguyen.

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