Here's what MRC sophomores say about the MRC:
The MRC really allowed me to create friendships fast because I had so many like-minded individuals surrounding me. I was able to do well in all of my classes since the mentors and research instructors went through or were going through the classes that I was taking and they could offer advice as well as help on all of the problems that I faced. Overall, the MRC really helped me to transition smoothly into college life with as few problems as possible.
Maplewood, New Jersey
Last year I was a research assistant to Dr. Anna Grzymala-Busse. We studied the influence of religions on policy. It was a great project to work on as a first-year research assistant because I was not just doing data entry or coding. This project pushed me to apply high-level analytical thinking to a broad set of data and compile a report on specific issues for my research sponsor each month. Not only did I learn about the interplay of religions and politics in the modern world, but I also learned about time management, self-discipline, and general research methods in the social sciences. The highlight of the experience was definitely presenting the research at the MRC symposium in April.
North Branch, Michigan
The MRC had a tremendous impact during my first year. I am from a small town that doesn't even have a traffic light and I was extremely nervous about attending such a large university. MRC provided a small, tight-knit community that helped me meet wonderful new people and allowed me to adjust to the large university without becoming overwhelmed. Through MRC I was also provided with an excellent research opportunity in which I was able to meet and interact with surgeons and surgical residents, which allowed me to solidify my plans of entering the medical field.
St. Clair, Michigan
I am very glad that I was a part of the MRC my first year. Coming from a small town, the MRC provided me with a close-knit community, which made me feel more at home. I also liked the fact that it was very diverse, although most of the students had similar interests. Being a part of the MRC not only allowed me to have a wonderful group of people to live with, but also provided me with a great experience doing research my first year. I am extremely glad that I was able to be a part of the MRC as it made a very positive impact on my first year at the university.
Battle Creek, Michigan
Without MRC I don't think I would have created such a strong network with not only friends, but also faculty. As a first year student, it is hard to start connections at such a large university, but MRC definitely provided me with those benefits. MRC also allowed me to open up to other students and create strong friendships that I wouldn't have had without this program.
For my MRC research project, I worked at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute programming a driving simulator. I learned how to work independently and take responsibility for my work. I also learned how to interact on a professional team and the amount of work that goes into creating a good project.
The hands-on experience that I got through my research position helped me think about what I might want to do with a major in Biochemistry.
The Michigan Research Community made sure I always had a community and people around me that shared the same interests, providing me with friends I never would have found on my own. It also provided me with groups of people who had different interests that I probably wouldn't have interacted with as much if I were on my own. I got to meet some spectacular people that I'm extremely happy to call my friends and I can't imagine not having them around!
The MRC brought together such a diverse group of ambitious people that shared the "go-getter" attitude. My peers in the MRC were grabbing life by the horns, and this pushed me to work harder and achieve more in my first year. Not only is the MRC a solid group of individuals looking to make their mark on the world, but it also provides a great group of people who will support you in your ups and downs during your first year.
Grand Blanc, Michigan
What I learned in the MRC wasn't only specific to my project; I learned a lot about how research works in general and even some things about myself. For example, I learned what aspect of lab work most interests me. My favorite experience, in fact, was when I got to isolate the aorta from several mice which were needed for another project. After accomplishing this, I was able to coordinate with my supervisor about which jobs I would be most interested in doing!