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MURE: Minority Undergraduate Laboratory Research Experience

This application is now OPEN and will close November 1.

Click HERE to apply!

The MURE program began in 1991 at University Park and has offered research experiences in Penn State's most exciting and prestigious labs in the Colleges of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Education, Engineering, Health and Human Development, Liberal Arts, and Eberly College of Science.

This is your chance to do research for pay while investigating various fields of study. If you are a minority student, MURE can offer you a low-risk chance to do research before making any life changing decisions about your major. If you are an undergraduate Penn State student planning on being here for at least one more year, MURE offers you a way to enhance your research skills as well as provide an avenue where you can learn more about your major. MURE provides students with a learning experience that closely resembles how science and engineering are done in the real world.

If you are a freshman, sophomore, or junior and an underrepresented minority student (African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander Only) at Penn State majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math, or currently in DUS, you may apply to the MURE program. Please note: you must be a U.S. citizen, and be able to work at least five hours per week in the lab.

MURE is a one-year research experience program. Upon selection, research occurs in the Spring and Fall semesters of 2017. A $500 scholarship is provided both Spring and Fall semesters (total of $1,000).

During your MURE assignment, you will work closely with a research team, which normally consists of a Penn State faculty member as well as several graduate students. You will learn the language of research and how to use high-tech equipment. You will also learn how to work safely and efficiently in the laboratory. You will attend lab meetings, participate in discussions, prepare posters as well as collect data. You may even have the opportunity to attend professional conferences or travel off-site to do field work. You will also find out how those physics and chemistry formulas you learned in class are useful in research.

You will discover that science is not only listening to lectures but teamwork, which requires communications skills, initiative, imagination, patience, and creativity.

This is not just bottle washing or busy work - MURE students often have their own projects or work closely with graduate students to collect important data for the lab. This is not necessarily a one-way street. You may already have skills that make your expertise valuable to the lab.

You may reapply to participate in MURE throughout your undergraduate years.

Application Process

The first step of the application process is to read the descriptions of available laboratory research opportunities posted here. You can select up to three labs that match your interests. The more labs you select, the better your chance of being accepted into the MURE program. Once you have read the descriptions and decided on your lab selections, you can apply using the online application. Participating faculty will be notified of your interest and may choose to interview preferred candidates. If selected, you will work in one research lab for both spring and fall semesters.

Decisions will be made by the end of Fall 2016 semester.

The listing of available research laboratories can be found here: MURE research laboratories

The MURE online application can be accessed here: MURE Application

Application Deadline: November 1st


The principal funder for MURE is NASA through The Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium Office.

Please contact us for more information.

Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium
Penn State University
2217 Earth-Engineering Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-2535
Fax: 814-863-9563