Multicultural Undergraduate Research Program,
University of Minnesota
Patrick Redmond, advisor
During summer 2000, Patrick Redmond served as a mentor for the University of Minnesota Multicultural Undergraduate Research Program [MURP] (documentation available) (now known as the Multicultural Summer Research Opportunities Program [MSROP] at the University of Minnesota) and was first to lead graphic design seminars as part of the University of Minnesota Design Institute's first "Design Camp" for high school students (documentation available).
The following information about the Multicultural Summer Research Opportunities Program [MSROP] at the University of Minnesota is quoted from MSROP:
Established in 1986, the Multicultural Summer Research Opportunities Program [MSROP] at the University of Minnesota provides undergraduates an opportunity to develop research and inquiry skills with a faculty mentor on an individual basis or as part of a research team, which may include graduate students, research scientists, technicians and other MSROP students.
Through the mentoring process, students are introduced to the methodology of their chosen discipline by involving them in research and other scholarly activities. Such involvement is expected to improve the quality of the students' undergraduate experience, to enhance the likelihood of their completing bachelor’s degrees, and to attract larger numbers of prepared students of color to graduate or professional schools.”
MSROP is directed by four goals:
(1) to encourage undergraduate students to give graduate education serious consideration following completion of their undergraduate studies;
(2) to provide talented students with faculty mentors who will introduce them to the methodology of the chosen discipline by involving them in research and scholarly activities;
(3) to create an environment in which the participant and the faculty mentor will be able to assess realistically the student’s potential for and interest in graduate studies; and
(4) to provide a sense of community among the students and an opportunity to develop the networking skills important to building professional bonds within the community.”