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Mines Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The Mines Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (MURF) incentivizes the participation of research-active faculty by offering them the opportunity to recruit talented and energetic undergraduate research scholars. This mutually beneficial partnership allows faculty to train and mentor students, and, in turn, the student’s efforts help advance the faculty member’s research objectives and career.

Deadline for submitting a MURF project is April 5th, 2020.

ATTENTION: MURF FUNDING

In an effort to provide funding opportunities for all interested faculty from across disciplines, we no longer require faculty contribution towards the MURF student award.  Ultimately, this change encourages a research culture that emphasizes the importance of mentorship with undergraduate student researchers.

Please note, that the MURF recipients (students) will receive a total of $1500, disbursed in two equal installments in the fall and spring semester. This comes out to approx. 4-5 hours of work per week. If you believe a student will need to work more than this, please consider subsidizing their funding.  

MURF TIMELINE

Deadline for submitting a MURF project is April 5th, 2020.

Student applications will open in the first weeks of April and we will continue accepting student applications through mid-May. Awards will be announced during the summer and students will start in the Fall semester. If a student is selected to work on your project, you will be required to complete an Undergraduate Research Contract & Agreement at the beginning of the Fall semester with your student. This document and any additional deadlines for your student will be communicated at the beginning of the fall semester.

Additional Information
  • Fellowships do not pay for any research conducted during the summer semester.
  • Research projects should be designed to ensure that the students participating in the program are meeting the expected learning outcomes.
  • Faculty are encouraged to craft research projects to increase participation from freshmen, sophomore and junior students.
  • Participating faculty members are encouraged to increase the research participation of qualified female students and students from under-represented ethnic backgrounds.
  • Faculty and the students participating in the program with be required to sign a research agreement to promote shared responsibility. This form is due at the beginning of the Fall semester.
  • Each faculty can submit up to two requests for fellowships, but due to a limited budget, fellowships will be awarded depending on the number of applications submitted.

 

Interdisciplinary Mines Undergraduate Research Fellowship

(IMURF)

The purpose of the Interdisciplinary Mines Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (IMURF) is to promote collaboration between faculty and students across disciplines as finding creative solutions to real-world challenges often requires an interdisciplinary approach.

IMURF awards are team grants. IMURF allows a faculty mentor from one department to partner with a faculty mentor from a different department and recruit a team of 1-2 student researchers. Generally, an IMURF team is composed of 2 faculty mentors and 1-2 student researchers or one faculty mentor and 1-2 student researchers.

The interdisciplinary nature of the project should be clearly articulated in the proposal.

Deadline for submitting an IMURF project is April 5th, 2020.

ATTENTION: IMURF FUNDING

In an effort to provide funding opportunities for all interested faculty from across disciplines, we no longer require faculty contribution towards the MURF student award.  Ultimately, this change encourages a research culture that emphasizes the importance of mentorship with undergraduate student researchers.

Please note, that the MURF recipients (students) will receive a total of $1500, disbursed in two equal installments in the fall and spring semester. This comes out to approx. 4-5 hours of work per week. If you believe a student will need to work more than this, please consider subsidizing their funding.  

IMURF TIMELINE

Deadline for submitting a IMURF project is April 5th, 2020.

Student applications will open in the first weeks of April and we will continue accepting student applications through mid-May. Awards will be announced during the summer and students will start in the Fall semester. If a student is selected to work on your project, you will be required to complete an Undergraduate Research Contract & Agreement at the beginning of the Fall semester with your student. This document and any additional deadlines for your student will be communicated at the beginning of the fall semester.

Additional Information
  • Fellowships do not pay for any research conducted during the summer semester.
  • Research projects should be designed to ensure that the students participating in the program are meeting the expected learning outcomes.
  • Faculty are encouraged to craft research projects to increase participation from freshmen, sophomore and junior students.
  • Participating faculty members are encouraged to increase the research participation of qualified female students and students from under-represented ethnic backgrounds.
  • Faculty and the students participating in the program with be required to sign a research agreement to promote shared responsibility. This form is due at the beginning of the Fall semester.
  • Each faculty can submit up to two requests for fellowships, but due to a limited budget, fellowships will be awarded depending on the number of applications submitted.