MRC michigan research community

<p>Has anyone done mrc? Is it hard to get into? Does it help with the adjustment into college?</p>

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<p>Does anyone know how hard it is to get accepted? Has any current students been accepted or rejected from MRC? Do they looks at HS stats or just the essay?</p>

<p>I'm actually in the MRC here at Michigan. The acceptance rate is about 50%, thought don't take my word for it. That aside, if you're an engineer, i believe the acceptance rate is lower. If you do get it, let me know! I'm going to be an adviser in the program next year...</p>

<p>Oh dang, that stinks because I heard UROP acceptance rate is almost 100%... :(</p>

<p>Ses.., How do you like it?? do you think your adjustment to college was easier because of mrc?How do you like living with the other students?? Are you able to interact with other students in mosha jordan or mainly fellow mrc students. Anything you could tell would be helpful.</p>

<p>My experience at the University of Michigan would have not been as enjoyable had I not been part of the MRC. The MRC has made my freshman year (all 1.5 semesters). At the most basic level, the MRC to me, is a community of like-minded individuals and it’s also this sense of commonality that brings me back and continues to inspire me everyday. Nowhere else has this facet of the MRC been more relevant than in my relationships with other fellow members. Whether it is through a conversation with my Peer Mentor, eating dinner with my RA or talking about schoolwork with a friend of mine, there has always been a closeness associated with the MRC community; something that each of us inherently holds. The MRC is my home; it’s where I feel most comfortable.</p>

<p>The program is extremely diverse in its student body. We have kids from: Korea, Greece, Japan, China, Mexico, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, and a bunch from around the country. I love living with all of them. It fosters a certain tolerance off customs and cultures. My roommate is in-state but that doesn't change things at all. We're pretty close-knit so we mainly interact with each other and WISE (who live on the floors above us). But most of us have friends outside the community as well. No worries. We're not like the residential college kids haha.</p>

<p>UROP acceptance rate is definitely not 100%. They rejected me!
It ended up being a blessing in disguise though as I found an amazing research position on my own.</p>

<p>blackpen2008, it could be you applied late or were not a strong enough candidate.</p>

<p>detroitgrl, if you want to do MRC or UROP just make sure you submit the app early. you still have to interview for urop spots and I know some friends who did get rejected because they didn't find a position fast enough or the good ones were taken by stronger students.</p>

<p>Didn't apply late and was very qualified.</p>

<p>Dang it, so is UROP actually very selective? The student working the UROP stall on tech day said pretty much everyone gets in...I guess he was misled :(</p>

<p>Would it be uncommon for someone from mrc to join a sorority?</p>

<p>Pretty much everyone does get in...... except me. No idea why.</p>

<p>I didn't do it (not that I applied) as I found it too restrictive. I got one on my own and it is outstanding.</p>

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I'm actually in the MRC here at Michigan. The acceptance rate is about 50%

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Is that the acceptance rate for MRC or UROP? I presume MRC is more restrictive as it is a living-learning community.</p>

<p>UROP used to be almost 100% if you apply before the priority deadline.</p>

<p>@detroitgrl
-As a matter of fact, there are a handful of girls within the MRC who are also in sororities. It's not much of a problem.</p>

<p>@GoBlue81
- It's for MRC; there were a slew of engineers who applied and who didn't get in. UROP is more or less 100% as long as you apply before the deadline.</p>

<p>The acceptance rate for UROP may be close to 100%, but it is much harder to actually find a position once you're in. It's much like a job search with resumes and interviews and such. I know several people who were not able to find positions.</p>

<p>^That's what I had seen also. I think most people I met had no trouble finding somewhere, but some people did end up having to drop UROP because they couldn't find a position. </p>

<p>Personally I don't see the benefit in paying money to do it, especially when you can probably find something outside of UROP just as easily, for free. I didn't do any research (mostly because I didn't, and still don't know what I want to major in yet, though I've narrowed it down some), but if I had, I think I would have done it outside of UROP as well.</p>

<p>Sesquipedalian, How much time did it take to apply for mrc. ? Do you think there is anything in particular that they are looking for?. Thanks for all of your help so far.</p>

<p>I've been in MRC, and neither UROP nor MRC costs any money. The research you do via UROP or MRC either counts toward credit hours or work study (if you're awarded that in your financial aid). UROP is primarily about 90% acceptance rate, but you do get less time (a week less, if I'm not mistaken) than MRC students do to find and send out applications for research positions. UROP is simply a means by which to find a research project on campus that will accept student assistants, with a few additional requirements, like the symposium at the end of the year. It's perfectly fine to search, apply, and find your own research project without the help of UROP. MRC is more selective than UROP because it's a living-learning community, which entails a slightly more inclusive setting. MRC is great for first-year students who are interested in research because the student and professional staff really guide you through the steps of applying, keeping, and presenting your project and make you feel at home in the enormous university. In both MRC and UROP, most students should be able to find a position--the book of projects is over 2 inches thick--the difficult part is finding a research project that you are interested in being a part of that will also accept you as an assistant in the lab.</p>

<p>As far as applying for MRC, @detroitgirl, there is one essay designated during the time you apply for housing at the University. At some point during the application for on-campus housing, it will ask you if you are interested in any of the following Living Learning Communities, and if so, you check a few boxes, then write one short essay (which acts as the essay for any and all learning communities you apply for) and you submit it then. At least, that is how I applied in 2008 (I don't believe anything has changed).</p>