MURI Project Awards

Applying for MURI project awards


Supporting team-based, mentored, multidisciplinary undergraduate student research experiences

Overview of 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 undergraduate students with 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 and 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 the spring semester (usually at the end of April) or the CRL Summer Poster Symposium (usually at the end of July).

MURI projects should represent two or more disciplines and should offer undergraduate students the opportunity to engage in a substantive research experience focused on a significant research problem. Projects from all disciplines are most welcome, including science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); the social sciences; the arts and humanities; and social, environmental, and public policy. 

MURI student learning outcomes

  • Investigate a research question and scholarly pursuit/activity in a collaborative, team-based mentored experience that encompasses multiple disciplines, fields and/or perspectives
  • Identify and utilize appropriate methods, procedures, and ethical principles for the gathering of information or the generation of new knowledge through scholarly activity
  • Analyze, assess, and evaluate findings and conclusion
  • Disseminate the results of scholarly activity through appropriate dissemination outlets

MURI program structure

The MURI program offers a unique, high-impact, interdisciplinary, faculty-mentored research for a team of undergraduate students. In our commitment to increasing and ensuring access to high-impact practices (such as undergraduate research) for students of all backgrounds, especially Black students, Latinx students, American Indian/Alaska Native students, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander students, first-generation students, and students from underrepresented groups, we encourage you to take a culturally inclusive approach to recruitment of students for this experience. 

Please share your opportunity broadly and intentionally encourage a diverse pool of students, especially those with limited or no prior research experience, to apply for MURI experiences. We encourage mentors to consider where and how they recruit, utilizing a variety of platforms and spaces across campus. If we can be of any help in this process, please contact us at

MURI facilitates the creation and support of multidisciplinary research teams consisting of undergraduate students, graduate students, post-docs, senior staff, and faculty.

MURI is a mentored undergraduate research experience. Two or more faculty members (referred to as mentors throughout this page and in the application) submit an application for MURI funding support once a year using the application link below. Financial support for the MURI program is provided by the Center for Research and Learning (in the Institute for Engaged Learning) and the School of Engineering and Technology.

MURI proposal guidelines

Mentors may submit a MURI proposal application through March 31, 2023

The application requires mentors to specify one of the following project durations:

  • Summer only: project will run during the upcoming summer term.
  • Academic year only: project will run during the next academic year.
  • One-full year: project will run during the upcoming summer term and the next academic year.

Proposal applications must meet the following guidelines:

  • At least two mentors representing different disciplines must be identified on the MURI proposal application.
  • MURI research teams may comprise a minimum of three undergraduate students and a maximum of six undergraduate students. All students will be paid $11–13 per hour. The primary mentor will receive $2,000 in supply funds from the Center for Research and Learning to support the project.
  • The Institute for Engaged Learning will provide administrative support in the posting of your research opportunities on the university’s student employment portal, Handshake. The institute will also assist in campuswide marketing and promotion of your opportunity. Mentors will screen applicants and select students for their research team. After students are hired by IEL, mentors will be responsible for approving student time sheets on a bi-weekly basis.
  • Students may work up to 10 hours per week during the academic year (fall and spring semesters) and up to 25 hours per week in the summer (summer term).  Students may not work more than 29 hours per week across all positions at Indiana University.
  • Mentors are responsible for ensuring that the project secures required approvals from the university related to research compliance, human subjects, and IRB (institutional review board).

MURI application process

Step 1: Apply for MURI funding

The first step is to submit your MURI project application.

Step 2: Application review

A committee in CRL will review MURI application submissions. Applicants will be notified of their application status by April 15. The position description submitted by the mentors during the application process will be used to create a custom posting of the opportunity in Handshake, the student employment portal for IUPUI. If selected for funding, the Institute for Engaged Learning will post position descriptions in Handshake on the following timeline:

  • Summer projects and full-year projects: Position will be posted in Handshake immediately after funding award (early/mid April).
  • Academic year projects: Position will be posted in Handshake in mid-July. 

The mentor will receive an email from the Institute for Engaged Learning when the position is posted and students can begin applying through Handshake. The mentor will review applications in Handshake, conduct interviews, and make a hiring decision. Interview pools should have a minimum of three candidates. 

Step 3: Initiate hiring process

Once a student is identified, the mentors will use the form below to initiate the hiring process with the Institute for Engaged Learning. The institute will contact the identified student to begin the hiring process, which can take up to three or four weeks to complete.

The mentors and students will receive an official email from the Division of Undergraduate Education Human Resources (DUE-HR) with the official hire and start date. The student may not begin employment until this official email from DUE-HR is received. Please plan accordingly if your project is commencing soon.

MURI student identification form

Step 4: Orientation resources for mentors and students

The Office of Student Employment has wonderful resources for mentors who supervise students on MURI projects.

Step 5: Ongoing project resources

How to terminate a student’s employment: Please use this form to let us know when a student has left your project for another opportunity or if their employment had to be terminated.

Replacing a student: If a MURI team needs to replace or backfill a student, and wishes to reopen an existing position, please contact us at In your email, please include the name of the MURI project and the Handshake job posting description that was provided during the initial search. The IEL will repost the position in Handshake. After the mentors identify a student in this reopened search process, they should complete Step 3 (above) so IEL can initiate the hiring process.

Have questions?

Contact Jerry Daday, Ph.D., for more information.