Category: News

Title: MURF Symposium: Closing the 2023-2024 Academic Year

Author: Samar Rawas, SFS Master Student Class of 2025 and Mortara MURF Program Coordinator
Date Published: May 28, 2024

As the program assistant for the Mortara Undergraduate Research Fellows (MURF), I recently had the privilege of witnessing the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and passion at our annual symposium. It was a day filled with remarkable presentations, insightful discussions, and a palpable sense of camaraderie among our fellows.

One of the highlights of the symposium was the premiere of a documentary that beautifully captured the essence of the MURF experience. Additionally, fellows showcased their hands-on research they conducted by visiting the countries they studied through MURF summer funding. Through interviews, footage, and behind-the-scenes glimpses, it offered a glimpse into the transformative journey that each fellow undertakes throughout their time in the program.

At the heart of the symposium were the presentations by our MURF fellows themselves. From sophomores sharing their research experiences alongside their faculty mentors to seniors presenting their own independent projects, each presentation was a testament to the passion, curiosity, and intellectual rigor that define our fellows.

As I watched each fellow speak at the podium to share their research findings and insights, I couldn’t help but feel a profound sense of pride in their accomplishments. These are not just students; they are scholars, researchers, and innovators who are pushing the boundaries of knowledge and making meaningful contributions to their respective fields.

Behind the scenes, I had the privilege of working closely with our fellows, providing support, guidance, and encouragement every step of the way. From helping to coordinate logistics to offering a listening ear during moments of uncertainty, it has been incredibly rewarding to be a part of their journey.

As the symposium drew to a close, I found myself filled with gratitude for the opportunity to be a part of such a vibrant and supportive community. To our mentors, faculty members, and sponsors, thank you for your unwavering support and commitment to fostering the next generation of scholars. And to our MURF fellows, thank you for inspiring us with your passion, dedication, and thirst for knowledge.

As we look ahead to the future, I am excited to see where the journey will take us next. The MURF program is not just about research; it’s about empowering students to become critical thinkers, lifelong learners, and leaders in their fields. And as we continue to grow and evolve, I have no doubt that the impact of our fellows will be felt far beyond the walls of our institution.

In the end, the symposium was not just a celebration of research; it was a celebration of the human spirit and the power of education to transform lives. And as we reflect on the day’s events, I am reminded once again of the incredible potential that lies within each and every one of our MURF fellows.

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