MURI Article

Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Institute (MURI)

MURI facilitates the creation and support of multidisciplinary research teams consisting of undergraduate students, graduate students, post-docs, senior staff, and faculty. The primary purpose of these teams is to provide undergraduates a unique opportunity to work with mentors on real-world problems to gain research skills that can be applied to their college coursework and future careers.

In this program, students acquire research skills (e.g., literature review, research methodology, data collection, analysis), learn about ethics in research and scientific writing, and improve their oral communication skills by presenting their research at either the annual IUPUI Student Research and Creative Activities Day in April or the CRL Student Summer Poster Symposium in July. The academic year cycle runs from October to April, the summer cycle from June to July.

Poster Session

MURI is funded through a partnership between the Center for Research and Learning and the School of Engineering and Technology. As part of this employment program, students earn $11 per hour. During the academic year, students work approximately 10 hours per week; during the summer, students' weekly hours will be determined based on project needs. The mentors receive up to $2,000 for research supplies or equipment.

  • Summer Handshake postings—opens 3/18/2022 and closes 5/29/2022
  • Academic Handshake postings—opens August 10 and closes September 10

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, students must be:

  • An undergraduate student
  • Enrolled at IUPUI full time
  • Pursuing a first undergraduate degree at IUPUI

JobID numbers

Each project will have a unique JobID number that you can use to find that position. To apply for a spot on a MURI team, please review the posted projects, and if interested, click on the JobID link or take the JobID number listed and search for the position within Handshake. Be sure to submit your application by the posted deadline.

MURI projects

Job IDMentor ContactJob Description
6956604John Kaufman-McKiviganThe Frederick Douglass Papers is part of the Institute of American Thought (IAT). The project is publishing a 15 volume scholarly edition of the works of Frederick Douglass (including his correspondence). The Mapping the Oratory of Frederick Douglass (MURI) project is dedicated to collecting data on Douglass's travels across the United States (from the 1840s until his death in 1895) making speeches on a wide variety of topics of the day, including abolition, women's rights, and civil rights. Each research associate will be assigned a year in Douglass's public life and will be responsible for researching each of his known public engagements as he crossed the United States making speeches. Once the data has been collected and put into a spreadsheet, each researcher will be responsible for creating a map tracing Douglass's activities during their assigned year.

Job IDMentor ContactJob Description
6959316Nian WangChronic kidney disease (CKD) is a condition in which the kidneys are damaged and cannot filter blood as well as they should. Kidneys that function properly are critical for maintaining good health. More than one in seven American adults are estimated to have CKD, and most are undiagnosed. The treating Medicare beneficiaries with CKD cost $87.2 billion in 2019. Therefore, there is an urgent need to identify novel biomarkers underlying CKD pathogenesis and progression. Treatment for CKD can prevent development, slow progression, reduce complications of decreased GFR, reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, and improve survival and quality of life. Data from US renal data system show a decreasing incidence of kidney failure in some high-risk groups suggesting beneficial effects of these interventions. Despite these remarkable advances, the detection, assessment, and management of chronic disease are not fully understood. By evaluating CKD kidneys with high-resolution diffusion magnetic resonance imaging, we propose to both better understand the CKD disease itself and potentially predict the risk of function loss before treatment.

Job IDMentor ContactJob Description
6958748Jing ZhangFuel cells are zero-emission power generators which are able to convert hydrogen into electricity with high efficiency. The objectives of this research are to develop extrusion-based 3D ceramic printing process to fabricate fuel cell components, and understand the process-property-performance relations in 3D printed components. The research will generate affordable and versatile ceramic components.

Job IDMentor ContactJob Description
6892053Hamid DalirTo establish an experimentally supported BML framework to develop ultralight CFRP composites via enhancements of carbon fibers with CNFs, epoxy resin system with CNCs, and interlaminar properties using ENFs. To develop a roll-roll composite enhancer model and setting up the objective functions to maximize the mechanical performance (e.g., maximization of fracture strain and impact energy absorption).

Job IDMentor ContactJob Description
6828704Afshin IzadianThe specific application is making gold nanoparticles of a certain size for application within the eye. The positions within this project will provide students with an insight on how to make gold nanoparticles and how to characterize them. The GNPs created within this MURI project will be used to make an artificial retina for blind patients.

Job IDMentor ContactJob Description
6828555Nicanor Moldovan3D Tissue Bioprinting Core Laboratory supports the biofabrication projects of VA Medical Center investigators and collaborators, in areas of bone, vascular, lung, or tumor, etc. medicine. The Department of Physics has complementary computational and biophysical projects relevant to biofabrication. A subgroup of students will perform CAD and 3D (bio)printing, another subgroup will perform computer simulations, and a third subgroup will test the products of their activity.

Job IDMentor ContactJob Description
6828426Patricia Turley
This project aims to educate high school and college students on Black history, specifically the 17th century, through the advanced technologies of escape rooms/games.

Job IDMentor ContactJob Description
6828385Christian Rogers
This project will provide research, development, presentation, and publication opportunities for each student on the team as they look to build a new AR platform to help people learn machinery at a makerspace. The team will be comprised of two primary positions: 1) Hardware Developer—This position will focus on hardware development in augmented reality as students work toward designing a customized headset in AR. This could be a student who has an interest or background in mechanical, electrical or computer engineering. 2) Software Development—This position will focus on software development with augmented reality. This could be a student who has an interest or background in computer science, computer information technology, computer graphics technology or media arts.

Job IDMentor ContactJob Description
6828038Broxton Bird
The project is structured so that all team members will at some point perform all the tasks required for the research. In general, students will conduct physical and geochemical analysis of lake sediments to test hypotheses about the possible role of Mississippi River flooding in the abandonment of the largest pre-Columbian archaeological site in North America.

Job IDMentor ContactJob Description
6828038Jing Zhang
In this project, a customized 3D inkjet printer for producing ceramic parts will be designed and improved. The design will be based on modifying an open source 3DP 3D inkjet printer. This project will generate an in-house designed affordable and portable 3D biomaterial printer for producing bio-components. The new designed low cost printer can be extensively used for printing biomaterial parts. The printer will produce strong and versatile biomaterial components. It will also provide critical information of printing parameters for the additive manufacturing process.

Job IDMentor ContactJob Description
6827803Amanda Siegel
Researchers will learn to fabricate potato starch based plastics into films and 3D objects using a variety of techniques including injection molding and 3D printing. Researchers will also be required to test physical, mechanical and chemical properties of the fabricated plastics, and experiment with different additives and different methodologies to enhance the process. Researchers will be expected to carefully document results, present results at group meetings and at a Poster Session, and contribute to a peer-reviewed journal article.

Job IDMentor ContactJob Description
6827948Whitney YuExplore the possibility of using Doppler Ultrasound B-mode images to construct the 3D morphological domain for the diseased artery. The 3D domain is then used for patient-specific computation and/or experiments to reveal the abnormalities of blood flow. The subproject consists of three parts: (1) data collection of DUS B-mode images, (2) extraction of arterial walls in transverse and lateral directions, and (3) construction of a 3D domain using deep learning.