Mentorships for Undergraduate Research Participants in the Physical and Mathematical Sciences (MURPPS)

MURPPS Students participants and faculty/mentors


MURPPS is a UC Davis undergraduate mentoring program designed to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate studies in the physical and mathematical sciences by offering students the chance to work with professors on research projects relevant to their major. The goal of MURPPS is to help create a diverse post-graduate population in the Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

MURPPS Program Director: Richard T. Scalettar, 409 Physics-Geology

MURPPS Program Coordinator: Lolita Nelson-Adkins, Undergraduate Research Center, 2300 Student Community Center


For the MURPPS Program, eligible students must:     

Be eligible for need-based financial aid and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be a first generation college student (neither parent achieving a BA or BS)
  • Be a previous participant in a "pre-college' outreach program (e.g. MESA, Upward Bound, EAOP, STEP, etc.)

Students must also

  • Be declared a Mathematics and Physical Sciences major
  • Test into Math 12 or higher
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Have and maintain a 2.7 UC cumulative GPA

MURRPS participants agree to participate in regular meetings, events, and assignments.

Program benefits:

  • Work with a faculty mentor
  • Participate in cutting-edge research
  • Enroll in 2-unit, 2-qtr seminar
  • Graduate school prep activities
  • Tutoring services
  • Special MPS seminars
  • Summer research internships
  • Quarterly social activities



For more information about MURPPS, email, or visit the Undergraduate Research Center, 2300 Student Community Center.