Idaho EPSCoR will provide up to $4,000 per student participant in the MURI Program. The MURI Program is designed to engage undergraduates in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields in hands-on, paid summer and academic year research experiences to study within a wide range of topics broadly related to the MILES program.
Up to 60 MURI Scholars positions will be offered each year across Idaho, with a goal of recruiting a large number of students traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields (e.g., women, ethnic minorities, and students with disabilities). MURI students will primarily work within MILES study areas located in Boise (Treasure Valley), Coeur d'Alene/Post Falls/Moscow, and Pocatello/Idaho Falls; however, specific work location is dependent on scope of work identified and will be determined by participating faculty, MILES partner researchers, or stakeholders.
How do I apply?
All applications must be submitted to the MURI program via the online application.
FACULTY / STAKEHOLDER APPLICATIONS:
Faculty and Stakeholder applications are currently being accepted, although the priority deadline of March 10, 2017 has passed.
Student applications for Summer 2017 are being accepted. The priority deadline for student applications is March 24, 2017.
How does the MURI program work?
What is the payment for the research experience?
Idaho EPSCoR provides up to $3,500 per student for educational stipend and $500 for research expenses. This may affect your financial aid award at your institution.
What are MILES related disciplines?
In considering the MURI program, we encourage you to read the brief summary of the MILES research theme. For example, MILES touches on the following disciplines:
- Computer Modeling
- Ecological Science
- Environmental Science
- Geospatial Sciences
- Land Use Planning
- Social Science
Can 2- and 4-year colleges participate?
The MILES project greatly encourages participation of students from Idaho's 2- and 4- year colleges and universities. If you are a student, please consider applying. If you are a faculty member, please contact the EPSCoR office to learn how you can foster partnerships between faculty and students from your institution and Idaho research institutions such as BSU, UI, and ISU. Your institution may also have a MILES Ambassador, sponsored by EPSCoR to help coordinate these efforts.
Will EPSCoR pay for housing costs?
EPSCoR does not cover housing costs, therefore, selected MURI scholars will be responsible for their own room and board for the duration of the Program.
What is the duration of the program?
MURI positions are required to be approximately 300 hours. Students will be expected to participate up to 20 hours a week (excluding academic breaks and holidays, and not more than 300 hrs total). The duration of program can range from 8-16 weeks but will vary depending on scope of work (positions can extend from one semester to the next until all of student's funding is used).
Are there professional development opportunities?
Students will have the opportunity to participate in state/regional travel and professional development workshops designed to promote success in STEM research.
Are there any other requirements?
Students participating in a research experience will be required to submit and present a professional poster on their research at the Idaho EPSCoR Annual Meetings and/or the Idaho EPSCoR Virtual Poster Session which will be featured on the program website.