Alumni

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We have an alumni database of 383 students dating from 1989-2012. Of the 362 alumni who have completed their undergraduate education as of June 2011, 222 or 58% have enrolled in or have completed graduate programs, almost 54% have completed or are in the process of completing Master’s degrees, about 32% have completed or are currently pursuing Ph.D. programs, and 11% are teaching in colleges and universities.

The aim of MURAP is to have students successfully complete their advanced degree programs and enter the ranks of the professorate. The success of the program can be gauged quantitatively by the proportion of MURAP students who pursue graduate studies in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Some examples of MURAP alumni who currently hold academic positions are shown in the table below. It is therefore important that we maintain contact with students after their summer experience and continue to provide encouragement and support to them with respect to doctoral studies. To achieve this, we have developed a systematic “tracking” process through which we hope to follow students in the years following their summer at UNC-Chapel Hill. We ask that alumni keep us updated with respect to their achievements, contact information, employment and other changes with regard to their educational and work status by contacting our Alumni Coordinator, Kanisha Coleman (MURAP 2011) at murapalumni@unc.edu. It is imperative that we keep track of such information and report it accurately as we prepare materials showcasing alumni achievements and progress in grant-related and publicity reports. Also, it will help us in identifying alumni who may be able to assist other alumni through their journey in graduate school and beyond.

MURAP alumni can also search for MURAP news and contacts through our Facebook page which was created to help alumni keep in touch with one another and to provide an additional tool for identifying alumni with similar interests. We regularly update the page with current MURAP news and events, so if you are on Facebook, please “like” us and invite others you know to join too! You can also get up-to-date news via our Twitter account @MURAP_UNC.

A sampling of MURAP alumni holding academic positions:

Cohort Name Grad University Grad Program Current Profession Current Employer/ Location
1989 Mildred Mickle UNC-Chapel Hill English Associate Professor, English Penn State-Greater Allegheny
1991 Mignon Moore Univ. of Chicago Sociology Associate Professor of Sociology University of California, Los Angeles
1991 Charles Peterson SUNY-Binghamton Philosophy Associate Professor, Africana Studies Department College of Wooster
1991 Michael Jennings UNC-Chapel Hill Education Associate Professor,  Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Associate Dean, College of Education and Human Development (COEHD)
University of Texas at San Antonio
1995 Millery Polyne University of Michigan American History Assistant Professor, American Studies NYU, Gallatin School of Individualized Study
1995 Richard Middleton University of Missouri-Columbia Political Science Associate Professor, Political Science University of Missouri-St. Louis
1996 Gena Chandler UNC-Chapel Hill African American Literature & Theory Associate Professor, English Virginia Tech
1996 Zachery Williams Bowling Green History Assistant Professor, History University of Akron
1996 Melanie Eddins-Spencer University of Alabama-Huntsville Mathematics (Applied Mathematics ) Associate Professor, Mathematics Prairie State College
1999 Carlos Alamo-Pastrana University of California, Santa Barbara Sociology Assistant Professor, Sociology Vassar College
1999 John Bullock University of Maryland-College Park Political Science Assistant Professor, Political Science Towson University
2000 Kennetta Hammond Perry Michigan State University History Assistant Professor, History East Carolina University
2000 Kris Sealey University of Memphis Philosophy Assistant Professor, Philosophy Fairfield University
2002 Omari Dyson Purdue University Curriculum Studies Assistant Professor, Education South Carolina State University
2002 Reena Goldthree Duke University History Assistant Professor, History Dartmouth College
2003 Laurence Ralph University of Chicago Anthropology Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Anthropology Harvard University