[Blackstudies-l] Fwd: summer research for undergrads (MURAP) announcement

Emilye Crosby crosby at geneseo.edu
Wed Nov 10 12:52:22 EST 2010

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> Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program
> Announcement of Summer Student Fellowships
> May 22-July 28, 2011
> The Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) is a paid
> summer fellowship designed to foster the entrance of talented students
> from diverse backgrounds within the humanities, social sciences, and
> fine arts into graduate school and faculty positions in U.S. colleges
> and universities.  More broadly, the program seeks to increase the
> presence in graduate school and eventually in academic ranks of
> minorities and others who demonstrate a commitment to eradicating
> racial disparities.  The program serves the related goals of providing
> role models for all youth and structuring campus environments so that
> they will be more conducive to improved racial and ethnic relations.
> MURAP aims to achieve its mission by identifying and supporting
> students of great promise and helping them to become scholars of the
> highest distinction.
> Each summer, the program brings a cohort of 20 undergraduates (rising
> juniors and seniors) from colleges and universities in the U.S. to the
> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus for an intensive,
> ten-week research experience. Students are expected to develop a
> 20-page research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor with
> whom they are paired according to areas of study and research
> interests. In addition to meeting at least three times a week with
> faculty mentors, students will attend weekly 3-hour seminars where
> they will present and discuss their research with the entire cohort
> (all students, faculty mentors, and MURAP staff), receive required
> biweekly instruction in preparation for the Graduate Record
> Examination (GRE), attend biweekly writing and communication skills
> workshops, and a weekly graduate professional skills workshop.  In
> addition there will be a variety of informative workshops, social
> events and a two-day academic conference.
> Participants will submit their final research paper based on their
> project and must receive approval through the signature of their
> faculty mentor. For a student to complete the program successfully and
> receive the entire stipend, participation in all of these activities
> and completion of the research paper are required.  A sample calendar
> of required activities and deadlines is available on our website.
> For their participation in the program, student fellows will receive a
> stipend of $3500 (in the case of students holding Mellon Mays
> Undergraduate Fellowships, they receive their summer stipend from
> their home institutions), an allowance for meals of $1450 and a travel
> allowance up to $500 to cover the cost of transportation to and from
> Chapel Hill.  Additionally, students will be provided on-campus
> housing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
> Dr. Debra Skinner, Associate Director of UNC’s Center for Genomics and
> Society (CGS), will for the first time this year serve as mentor to
> one student whose proposed research project is related to the ethical,
> legal, or social issues involving genetic research.  Students with
> backgrounds in sociology, anthropology or philosophy would be strong
> candidates.  For more information on research projects that would be
> relevant, please go to the CGS website
> (http://genomics.unc.edu/genomicsandsociety), or contact Dr. Skinner
> (debra.skinner at unc.edu).
> *************************************************************
> Applying to MURAP
> APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 4, 2011
> Program applicants should be mindful that MURAP offers an intensive
> research experience which requires a substantial commitment of time,
> intellectual resources and effort.  Therefore, students may not be
> employed or take classes while enrolled in the program.  Student
> fellows are selected based on a variety of factors that may include
> their academic promise, clarity and quality of their statement of
> research interests, availability of an appropriate mentor match, their
> demonstrated commitment to increasing opportunities for
> underrepresented minorities in academic settings in the fields
> designated above, serious intent to pursue graduate (as opposed to
> professional) studies, and willingness and ability to participate in
> all aspects of the MURAP program.
> Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, must have
> completed at least four semesters of undergraduate study, and must
> have at least one semester of undergraduate work remaining when they
> enter MURAP.
> In completing the statement of research interests included in the
> application, students must demonstrate clearly their fit with and
> suitability for the program given MURAP's mission and selection
> criteria. For more information about the program and to learn how to
> apply please visit MURAP’s website
> http://www.unc.edu/depts/murap/index.html.
> Rising seniors applying to MURAP should consider applying
> simultaneously to the Associate Program of the Institute for
> Recruitment of Teachers (IRT), since—if selected—participants will
> receive valuable help and counseling during the graduate school
> application process.  For more information consult
> http://www.andover.edu/irt.

Emilye Crosby
History Department
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
(585) 245-5375
crosby at geneseo.edu

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