MURAP’s objective is to foster the entrance of talented students from diverse backgrounds into graduate school and faculty positions within the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts in U.S. colleges and universities. More broadly, the program seeks to increase the number of minorities and others who demonstrate a commitment to eradicating racial disparities and who will pursue graduate work and faculty positions within the academy. MURAP aims to achieve its mission by identifying and supporting students of great promise and helping them to become scholars of the highest distinction.
Each summer, a cohort of 18-22 students participates in MURAP at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The students come from a variety of undergraduate institutions across the country and are exposed to an intensive ten-week research experience, which includes designing and carrying out a research project, weekly meetings with a faculty mentor, attending weekly seminars, and receiving weekly courses in preparation for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).