Housed in the Institute of African American Research (IAAR), the mission of the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) is to contribute in a significant way to achieving diversity in academia by increasing the number of students in the US — both from underrepresented minority groups as well as others with a proven commitment to diversity — who pursue doctoral degrees in the social sciences, humanities, and fine arts.

MURAP is named after our first doctoral recipient, Dr. Mignon Moore, now an Associate Professor of Sociology at Barnard College and past director of Columbia University’s Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program.

Dr. Mignon Moore
Dr. Mignon Moore

Professor Moore’s educational and professional pursuits are a model of the academic excellence and dedication to academic diversity that MURAP strives to uphold for all of its student fellows. In order to foster the entrance of talented students from diverse backgrounds into graduate school and faculty positions within our targeted areas, we provide a 10-week intensive residential summer program.

The 20 students in each year’s class, all rising juniors and seniors in colleges and universities from across the nation, work one-on-one with UNC-Chapel Hill faculty mentors to design and execute high-caliber research projects of their own. In addition, they attend four workshops geared to preparing them for the challenges ahead (GRE Review, Communication Skills, Writing Techniques and Clinic, and Graduate Professional Development) and participate in social and educational activities organized by the program’s graduate assistants or chosen by the members of the cohort.

With the generous continued support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and both the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Chancellor, Dr. Carol Folt, and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, Dr. James Dean, MURAP aims to achieve its mission by identifying and training students of great promise and helping them to become scholars of the highest distinction. Please see our list of summary statistics below to gauge our program’s results as of our last graduating class.

Summary Statistics

As of June 2018

Number Percent of total
Total number of alumni 509 100%
Alumni in academia 70 14.3%
Alumni with tenure 20 3.9%
Enrolled in graduate & professional school 304 59.7%
Enrolled in graduate & professional school at UNC-Chapel Hill 44 8.6%
Pursued or are pursuing a PhD
Total 177 34.8%
Completed 93 18.3%
In progress 84 16.5%
Pursued or are pursuing an MA
Total 124 24.4%
Completed 101 19.8%
In progress 23 4.5%