Posted by: parkerc | August 14, 2007

Research. Not just for google-eyed scientists anymore

hannah-reeves-fibers.jpgThe MU Office of Undergraduate Research is accepting applications for the MU Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (MUURS). This program is open to all MU undergraduates (however, projects that are eligible for consideration for Life Sciences UROP are NOT eligible for consideration for MUURS funding.) Undergraduate research is defined as engagement in an independent research project conducted under the guidance of a faculty mentor. This includes creative as well as scholarly activities (playwriting, music composition, laboratory research, survey research, archival research, marketing research, art portfolios, etc.) Students majoring in business, humanities, journalism, education, social and behavioral sciences, and the arts are strongly encouraged to apply.

Academic Year 2007-2008 Eligibility:
MU students are eligible to apply if they:

  • Are a junior or senior (60 or more hours of credit) standing by Fall 2007.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better in their major and related classes.
  • Will be enrolled as an MU undergraduate in both the 2007 fall semester and 2008 winter semester.
  • Have a project that is not eligible to be funded under the Life Sciences Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (www.lsurop.missouri.edu). Students with questions should contact Dr. Blockus.
  • Attend one of the MUURS application informational meetings:
    • Tuesday, August 21st, 1-2pm, Bond Life Sciences Center, Room 572
    • Monday, August 27th, 4-5pm, Bond Life Sciences Center, Room 572

Academic Year Benefits: Academic Year MU Undergraduate Research Scholars will receive a $2,500 scholarship stipend while participating in the program, which will be paid in four (4) $625 increments. In addition to the stipend, students may apply for travel money to present their research at national meetings and conferences, and funds will be available to print a poster to present at the MU Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Forum on Monday, April 29, 2008.

Academic Year 2007-2008 Requirements: Scholars will be expected to work 15-20 hours per week on their project both semesters and meet with their faculty mentor on a regular basis. MU Undergraduate Research Scholars will be required to present their research at the Spring MU Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Forum and to turn in a written account of their experience (approximately 1500 words) via e-mail and hard copy in a format suitable for publication in a peer-review journal of their discipline.

Deadline for applications and letters of recommendation: September 5, 2007

Download the application here!

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