|I Am CCNY: Aisha Butt, Class of 2021
Major: Anthropology with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies, because during my first semester, I happened to take an Intro to Anthropology class and fell in love with Anthropology. Here I was exposed to works of literature by black and brown authors that I never encountered before, igniting my passion for conservation and environmental justice.
CCNY Organizations and Opportunities: Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, Climate Policy Fellows, National Society of Leadership and Success
CCNY Highlights: As a Mellon Mays fellow, I have worked closely with my mentors, Professors Matthew Reilly and Stanley Thangaraj of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, to create an individual research project. I am interested in disentangling the various rubrics and metrics of success in conservation. My project considers the reciprocal effects environmental protections and local populations have on one another during the temporality of the Anthropocene. My research has led me to study abroad in Costa Rica, the Galápagos Islands and Australia to observe firsthand the various challenges of conservation projects and their effects on local communities who inhabit globally renowned green countries.
The City College Fellowships Program is an umbrella program administering two undergraduate fellowships: The City College Fellowship (CCFELL) and the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF). It brings together approximately 10 Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows and 25 City College Fellows into a single, highly diverse and vibrant community of outstanding students who share a common interest in research and common aspirations to earn a Ph.D.
All Fellows share a common interest in independent research and benefit from faculty mentoring, financial support, pre-graduate school advising, opportunities to present research at conferences, and a supportive intellectual community.
The eligibility criteria and financial benefits of the two fellowships vary according to the specifications of the donors. See the description of each fellowship for details.
No student may hold more than one of the fellowships simultaneously, although it is possible to transfer from one to another for those who meet the eligibility criteria. For example, a student who wins a City College Fellowship in his or her sophomore year may apply to transfer to the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship as a rising junior.
City College Fellows are recruited once a year with an application deadline of May 1. Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows are recruited once a year with an application deadline of March 1.
Click here to access the City College Fellowship application.
Prof. Isabel Estrada
Director of Program
Associate Professor of Spanish