Here's what MRC sophomores say about the MRC:
MRC is unique in the fact that all students are exposed to research experiences which is extremely remarkable for first-year students. I have found MRC to be a fantastic way to begin my college transition and experience to identify all of the different resources the University of Michigan has to offer academically, socially,and extra-curricularly.
Without the support of the MRC, I would not have participated in research as a freshman in college. The resources and training that this learning community provides empowered me to be successful as a research assistant. In addition, I met an amazing group of friends through the MRC who are passionate about learning and about their research.
The MRC has had an immeasurable impact on my college experience. For one thing, I was able to work on a faculty-sponsored research project, an opportunity that very few first-year students have at other universities. Through this research, I developed valuable skills that I otherwise would never have known. However, what really sets the MRC apart from other research programs is our close community. I connected with a diverse body of students from across the country and around the world as well as our loyal network of MRC alumni. All of the professional, social, and academic opportunities here have helped me to find my way home in our community and to understand where I want my college career to take me.
As a first generation college student, coming to the University of Michigan was a challenging experience. However, the MRC allowed me to embrace this challenge by not only participating in world class research, but by also becoming involved in a close knit community of vibrant students. thanks to the MRC, my transition to college was not only smooth, but filled with excitement, success in my academics, and many great friends.
The MRC has been a key part of my experiences here at U of M so far and has really made my freshman and sophomore years unforgettable. Living in an academically focused community with other incoming freshman is an amazing experience and will really help you develop the tools that you need to succeed here at U of M and in your future aspirations. The connections you make in the community are invaluable in connecting with the resources and study groups on campus that are of interest to you. There is almost always someone in the MRC who has taken a class you have questions about or is in a student group that you are thinking of joining and the advice from both incoming freshmen and the upperclassmen is a great resource. Overall I could not imagine what my experience at U of M would have been without the MRC as it has had an overwhelmingly positive impact on my time here.
Macomb Township, Michigan
MRC helped me grow educationally, professionally, and socially. I have had the most amazing experiences by being a member of this community, and I have met some of my closest friends here.
Having come from a very small town in Southern Michigan I had no idea what to expect on my first day at Michigan. I wondered if I would be able to make friends or make some kind of an impact at a University like this. I was a student who used to be a big fish in a little pond who now lives in a fantastic ocean. The MRC provided me a close community of like-minded people that pushed me to become a better, more responsible person. My first year I did research in a Stem-Cell lab as an assistant to Dr. Todd Herron. This experience taught me how to comport myself around professionals and that this area was not for me in the end. Sometimes your research can influence/change the rest of your academic career! Now being a mentor I get to make an impact on a new group of first years and serve as a resource for them. I will truly miss the community this organization gave me, however, the bonds I've made will continue through and past my years of college.