At the University of Chicago Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, we want students to have access to academic and cultural resources, but to also have opportunities independent of the classroom and student life. Thus, the following is a list of opportunities where students can go to search for funding, enrich their summers or find work after graduation.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program

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. 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.

Expectations of selected students
  • Develop a 20-page research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor
  • Meeting at least 3times a week with faculty mentors
  • Attend weekly 3-hour seminars where they will present and discuss their research
  • Get instructions on preparing for the GRE
  • Attend biweekly writing and communication skills workshops
  • Attend weekly graduate professional skills workshop
  • Attend other informative workshops, social events and a 2-day academic conference
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.

Other Benefits:
  • Receive a stipend of $3500 (in the case of students holding Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowships, they receive their summer stipend from their home institutions)
  • Receive reallowance for meals of $1450
  • Get a travel allowance up to $500
  • Free on-campus housing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
For more information on research projects that would be relevant, please go to the CGS website (, or contact Dr. Skinner (

Applying to MURAP
  • Deadline: February 4, 2011
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Applicants must have completed at least 4 semesters of undergraduate study
  • Must have at least 1 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

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

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