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Title: MURF: How Are Our Undergraduate Researchers Doing Within the Mortara Community?

Author: Samar Rawas, SFS Master Student Class of 2025 and Mortara MURF Program Coordinator
Date Published: April 12, 2024

Hello friends,

As we wrap up the semester we wanted to showcase how our MURFs are doing! The MURF program aims to empower students as creators, not just consumers, of knowledge. By immersing themselves in hands-on research experiences from their freshman year onwards, MURF fellows develop essential skills to navigate the complexities of qualitative and quantitative research. From collecting and analyzing data to writing literature reviews and editing scholarly works, MURF fellows gain a comprehensive understanding of the research process.

Moreover, this close collaboration not only enriches students’ academic journeys but also provides invaluable guidance and support as they navigate their undergraduate careers and beyond. Faculty members benefit from fresh perspectives and dedicated research assistance, while the Mortara community thrives on the energy and innovation brought by MURF fellows. Additionally, faculty members, and I (as the program coordinator) have the privilege of mentoring these bright young scholars, fostering a symbiotic relationship that advances knowledge and scholarship within the Mortara community and beyond.

What is extremely remarkable about this opportunity is that MURFs are compensated for all of their hard work! MURFs commit to working ten to fifteen hours per week during the academic year, receiving compensation for their time and dedication. 

Furthermore, once a year, the fellows have the opportunity to showcase their research findings at the annual Mortara Undergraduate Research Fellow Symposium, where they refine their presentation skills and share their important contributions with the Georgetown community. Some MURFs even receive publication in research journals in their junior or senior years, under the guidance of their faculty mentors.

As we welcome new MURF fellows into our community, I want to extend a warm welcome to each of you. I look forward to getting to know you and supporting your research endeavors throughout your time in the program. Additionally, to those MURFs who will be presenting their work on May 2nd, I am eagerly anticipating seeing the fruits of your labor. Your dedication and hard work are truly commendable, and I am confident that your presentations will be a testament to your scholarly achievements.

By providing students with the tools, support, and opportunities they need to thrive as researchers, the MURF program ensures that our undergraduate scholars emerge from the program equipped with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to make meaningful contributions to their respective fields and beyond and grow as researchers. I am very proud to be a part of the growth and development of these students. 

For more information about the MURF program, you can visit the MURF page of the Mortara Center for International Studies Website.

Samar Rawas, MURF Program Coordinator

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