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How to Apply

Students admitted to the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor may apply to MRADS through the Michigan Learning Community application. Students are welcome to apply to MRADS even if they have not yet decided if they are attending U-M. The application will open in February 2024. The MRADS application will be due on May 6th, 2024 at 11:59 PM EST. After May, spots may be available but not guaranteed.

Students interested in applying to MRADS will be asked to complete several short answer questions. The questions are:

  1. The Michigan Learning Communities are committed to building communities of engaged and enthusiastic students from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. In what ways would you contribute to your Michigan Learning Community and bring a unique perspective or viewpoint? (suggested word count: 150-350 words)
  2. What motivates you to apply to the residential Michigan Research and Discovery Scholars program, as opposed to the non-residential Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)? If selected, what kinds of faculty-sponsored research interests would you like to pursue? Feel free to include multiple interests from different subject areas.

If you apply by April 7th at 11:59 pm EST, you will know your status by April 17th at 5 pm EST. If you apply by the final deadline of May 6th at 11:59 pm EST, you will know your status by May 17th at 5 pm EST. Students may only be admitted to one Michigan Learning Community.  Michigan Learning Communities review applications in the order of preference indicated by the student in their application. For more information, please see this FAQ guide.