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Program Requirements


Michigan Research and Discovery Scholars (MRADS) offers a close-knit community for first-year students interested in pursuing undergraduate research opportunities and living in an academically and socially supportive community. MRADS is designed to be an introductory research opportunity - you do not need to have prior research knowledge to apply.

MRADS provides first-year students with:

  • A faculty-sponsored research project, selected by the student from among hundreds of projects across the University, including research in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, physical sciences, engineering, and biomedical sciences
  • Exposure to all aspects of the research process through ALA 104: Introduction to Research, research seminars throughout the year, and optional research skill workshops
  • Small group interaction with faculty who conduct research in a variety of disciplines and care about sharing their experience with undergraduates
  • Student leaders who live in the community and provide social and research mentorship
  • Social, wellness, professional development, and multicultural programs
  • Academic support through in-house study groups for all major introductory science and math classes
  • The opportunity to present their research at the MRADS Spring Research Symposium

Program Requirements

  • Engage in a faculty-sponsored research project for at least 6 hours per week during the entire academic year. Research may be taken for credit. Students who have a work-study award as part of their financial aid package may choose to be paid for their research using that work-study award.
  • Enroll in ALA104: Introduction to Research, an MRADS one-credit course that prepares students for an undergraduate research position at the University of Michigan.
  • Be an active member of the community by participating in MRADS-sponsored programs and events. Participation in MRADS Study Groups is strongly encouraged.
  • Keep Wednesday evenings free to participate in community events.
  • Meet monthly with MRADS Peer Advisor to discuss research experience.
  • Participate in community-wide welcome activities at the start of each semester.
  • Actively communicate and meet with MRADS Peer Mentor each month.