How to Get Involved

Be a Research Mentor

The success of MRC and UROP depends on the willingness of current researchers to support and mentor the next generation. For over 20 years, University of Michigan faculty, research scientists, fellows and administrators, along with researchers from community organizations have volunteered their time to sponsor first-year undergraduates and incorporate those students into their research efforts. As members the residential affiliate of UROP, MRC students participate in UROP research projects throughout their first year.

The process of becoming a Research Mentor is similar to hiring a student for employment. Research Mentors will develop a description of their project and of the work an undergraduate student would be doing throughout the year. All of the available projects are then listed for UROP and MRC students to review during the first week of the academic year. Students then send resumes and cover letters to the contact people for the projects which interest them. Research Mentors then review the application materials, interview attractive candidates and make an offer. Students and Research Mentors then officially commit to the project by completing a Research Contract.

For more information about becoming a Research Mentor, visit the “Research Mentors” section of the UROP website. Once you have decided to be a Research Mentor, you can list your project with UROP at the “List a Project” section of the UROP website.

Share your Research with MRC

MRC is committed to exposing our students to research in a wide-variety of disciplines, including a diverse group of methodologies. In addition, our students benefit from hearing the stories of researchers, including their educational and career paths and the challenges and rewards of a career in research. We invite faculty and other researcher to share their experiences with our students through:

Research Seminars

In the winter term, each MRC Peer Advisor organizes four or five Research Seminars for the first-year student advisees. Peer Advisors work with students who have expressed interest in a particular area (e.g. Humanities, Engineering, Biomedical Sciences) and they invite researchers in that discipline to talk about their research and their career. The Research Seminars are Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8pm. One goal of the Research Seminars is to provide first-year students with the opportunity to interact with faculty and other researchers in small settings, where they can easily ask questions and participate in discussions. As a result, each Research Seminar has only 10 to 20 students.

UC 104: Introduction to Research

All first-year students in MRC enroll in our membership course UC 104: Introduction to Research, taught by MRC Director, Christine Bass. Faculty and other researchers often join the course to share research and experiences that illustrates or reinforces course material. For example, when discussing research ethics, it is helpful to have a faculty member share real-life examples of ethical dilemmas faced in her/his research.

Dinner Discussions

Each year, MRC has second year students who return to the program as peer mentors and peer advisors. To further the academic and professional development of our student leaders, we offer weekly Dinner Discussions with University of Michigan faculty, administrators and area professionals. The Dinner Discussions provide an opportunity for our students to hear from researchers about their education, career path and current work in an informal setting, as well as practice their networking skills.

We are always looking for researchers at the University of Michigan and in the surrounding community to share their experiences with our students. If you are interest in participating in any of the venues listed above, please contact Jennifer Maltby at 734.763.6658 or via email.