Mortara Undergraduate Research Fellows (MURFs)
Four Year Program Guide
- Year 1: Recruitment and Introduction
- Fall semester: Students are nominated by Proseminar faculty and invited to apply.
- Spring semester: Nominated students submit applications. Faculty selection committee reviews applications, selects three students, and pairs the students with faculty research mentors.* New cohort is hired and provided orientation by the Mortara Center staff. Students assist their faculty mentor with research tasks as assigned and develop foundation of solid research skills. Faculty and students identify what skills workshops will be useful to them in the future.
- Year 2: Research Skills Development
- Students deepen their relationship with their faculty mentor and develop more advanced and topic-specific research skills through continued practical research experience and skills workshops as needed.
- Spring semester: Students begin developing individual research questions for future independent research.
- Year 3: Semi-Independent Research
- Students perform research tasks as assigned and begin independent research projects. Faculty and students will work together to balance the workload between both projects.
- Year 4: Independent Research
- Students will exclusively work on independent research.
- Spring semester: Students should present their research at the annual symposium (and other venues as appropriate), complete a written product, and publish their research in appropriate undergraduate journals.
* A note on the faculty/ student relationship:
While four years with the same faculty mentor is advantageous for students’ professional and academic development, this arrangement is open for adjustment at any point. As the student develops more specific research interests and declares their major, they may decide to switch faculty advisors based on their changed interests. The Mortara Center will work with students and faculty alike to ensure compatible pairings.
This outline is a guide and may be tailored to individual faculty/student needs.