The 29th annual Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) opened on May 22nd with a welcome luncheon. Twenty-one students coming from such universities as Auburn, Spelman, Cornell, and UNC system schools, were welcomed along with the eleven UNC faculty who will serve as the students’ mentors. The students’ research interests represent a broad spectrum including, gender representations and stereotypes in Latinx literature; colorism and beauty for black females as represented in early 20th century literature, Islamaphobia/Xenophobia in post-9/11 America, the experiences of queer black males attending HBCUs and PWIs, and examining health disparities for minority groups.
At the opening event, two faculty mentors, Assistant Professor of German Priscilla Layne, and Associate Professor of African, African American and Diaspora studies Charlene Regester, gave presentations on their individual research projects, both concerning black popular culture.
If you would like to see MURAP student research in action, come to the 24th annual conference on July 19th and 20th, 2018 at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center. The conference theme is “Afrofuturism and Indigenous Futurities“. Students will present their final projects and faculty will give engaging talks. Stay tuned for more details on the conference and the program’s overall progress over this summer.