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The mission of MRADS is to recruit, support, and retain students from diverse backgrounds and academic fields; to expose them to the interdisciplinary nature of research and the breadth of its applications; to engage students in building a community based on mutual respect and affirmation of diversity; and to enhance students' undergraduate experience by providing them with academic and professional resources as well as engaging extracurricular opportunities to support their academic and personal growth.



If you apply by April 7th at 11:59 pm EST, you will know your status by April 17th at 5 pm EST. If you apply by the final deadline of May 6th at 11:59 pm EST, you will know your status by May 17th at 5 pm EST. Students may only be admitted to one Michigan Learning Community.  Michigan Learning Communities review applications in the order of preference indicated by the student in their application. For more information, please see this FAQ guide.

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The WISE RP is an academically supportive living-learning community for first-year gender-minoritized students who are interested in academic majors and careers in the sciences, mathematics, engineering and/or pre-health.

We assist in students’ transition to the university by providing social activities, career development programs, community service, and programming opportunities. Each first-year student is paired with a Peer Mentor and is encouraged to participate in the WISE RP facilitated study groups. 


  •  MRADS Living Learning Model: The MRADS Living & Learning Model focuses on  creating a holistic experience for students to develop their multicultural awareness, responsible stewardship, academic achievement, decision making skills and strategic communication.

  • A faculty-sponsored research project, selected by the student from among hundreds of projects across the University, including research in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, physical sciences, engineering, and biomedical sciences

  • Exposure to all aspects of the research process through ALA 104: Introduction to Research, research seminars throughout the year, and optional research skill workshops

  • Small group interaction with faculty who conduct research in a variety of disciplines and care about sharing their experience with undergraduates

  • Student leaders who live in the community and provide social and research mentorship

  • Social, wellness, professional development, and multicultural programs

  • Academic support through in-house study groups for all major introductory science and math classes

  • The opportunity to present their research at the MRADS Spring Research Symposium



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