Undergraduate Diversity Initiatives


Cox-Just Prize

The Cox-Just Prize is a $500 annual award presented to the undergraduate whose senior thesis is recommended for departmental honors, best exemplifying the aspirations and achievements of Oliver Cromwell Cox and Ernest Everett Just, graduates of the Division of Social Sciences and the Division of Biological Sciences, respectively. Successful nominees typically have a thesis that focuses on issues of diversity and inequality and/or a personal background that includes overcoming disadvantage and adversity.  More information is available at:


The Leadership Alliance & The University of Chicago Summer Research Early Identification Program

The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) at the University of Chicago offers research opportunities in the biological sciences, the physical sciences, and applied mathematics, humanities and social sciences. Students participating in the program at Chicago will interact with faculty, research associates, and students that work in a highly collaborative environment.

For more information on The Leadership Alliance, please refer to The University of Chicago Leadership Alliance website: https://leadershipalliance.uchicago.edu/

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Summer Research Training Program (SRTP)

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Summer Research Training Program (SRTP) at the University of Chicago, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is a program that offers current Mellon Mays Fellows the opportunity to participate in a structured, credit bearing, research development program. The MMUF-SRTP offers courses in research writing and social theory, close mentoring relationships with graduate students and faculty, a host of workshops to prepare students for the professoriate, a preceptor program that guides students through the stages of developing research plans and writing seminar papers, and a rich social and cultural experience. This nine-week, summer residential experience prepares students for the challenges of PhD study, while affording them the opportunity to build cohort and experience a community with others who share common goals and values.

To learn more about the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, visit:  mmuf.org.

For more information about the MMUF-SRTP at the University of Chicago, visit: http://mellonmays.uchicago.edu/summer

The Mellon Mays Visiting Program

Hosted at various times throughout the year, small groups of current Mellon Mays students visit our campus and attend a UChicago-hosted conference that explores a topic of research interest to them. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in an intimate faculty-led seminar.  While here, students discover the effervescent and interdisciplinary intellectual exchange for which UChicago is known. This program also offers students the opportunity to explore Chicago for graduate study, meet faculty members and other scholars working in their fields, and make contact with current graduate students in departments of interest to them.

For more information, please contact Elise LaRose at emlarose@uchicago.edu

Men of Color Forums

The Office of the Deputy Provost for Minority Affairs collaborates with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) to provide an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to dialogue around topics impacting men of color at the University of CHicago in a safe space. Each forum affords students access to create community with their peers and meet faculty and staff men of color from across the institution.

Women of Color Network Gatherings

The Office of the Deputy Provost for Minority Affairs collaborates with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) to bring together both graduate and undergraduate students from across the University who identify as female to create community and engage in open conversation about their experiences on campus. These forums happen throughout the academic year and additional social opportunities happen througout the year.

Application Fee Waivers

Waivers are offered as an additional financial support to our incoming students. The waivers reduce the pressure of upfront fees and allow students that need one to secure their place in the class. Admitted students may request a waiver if the deposit fee presents a hardship for their family.