Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Coordinators

Krishna WinstonProfessor Krishna Winston


Krishna Winston,  Marcus L. Taft Professor of German Language and Literature, Professor of German Studies and Professor, Environmental Studies. She earned degrees in German from Smith College and Yale University. In 1970, she was hired at Wesleyan as an instructor. In addition to teaching, Winston coordinates the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, a highly selective mentoring program that prepares students of color for graduate study and eventual careers as professors. She also serves as advisor to the Student Judicial Board. Since 1979 she has been the campus Fulbright Advisor, and she also guides students applying for Connecticut–Baden-Württemberg Exchange and German Academic Exchange Service grants.

Renee Johnson-ThortonMrs. Renee Johnson-Thornton


Renee Johnson-Thornton, Dean for Diversity and Student Engagement and Associate Coordinator of the MMUF Program. Dean Renee was born in Jamaica, West Indies and emigrated to the United Stated at the age of 5 years old. She grew up in Brooklyn, New York where she attended parochial schools for most of her life. Dean Renee attended Binghamton University, where she double-majored in English – Literature and Rhetoric and Afro and African-American Studies and was the first member of her family to graduate from college. Dean Renee received a Masters degree from Wesleyan University and she is completing a PhD at the University of Rhode Island/Rhode Island College in Education. Her research and professional interests rest in the areas of community engagement, diversity, and mentoring. She is researching legitimate peripheral participation in a community of practice in the context of a college introductory science course. Dean Renee multiple resources and coordinates various activities including the Campus Climate Log, Dwight Greene Internships, and NSO New Student of Color Brunch. Students who are interested in learning about the MMUF Program or any of the other activities, may schedule a meeting at