Mentorships for Undergraduate Research in Agriculture, Letters, and Science (MURALS) is a pre-graduate opportunity program designed to enrich the research experience of students situationally disadvantaged in their access to graduate school. Initiated in the spring of 1988, under the sponsorship of the Office of Student Affairs and the academic leadership of the College of Letters and Science, MURALS was initially established to address the needs of students who were majoring in programs within the humanities and the social sciences. Now MURALS includes students from all academic disciplines, including mathematics, the biological and physical sciences.
The mission of MURALS is to encourage students to further their education beyond the baccalaureate. It is hoped that by working with a faculty mentor, the student will not only have an opportunity to participate in academic research, but that the experience may give the student an incentive to pursue graduate work that will lead to a master's or doctoral degree.