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Undergraduate Research Center

Peer Mentor Scholars

Introducing the URC’s Peer Mentor Scholars:

The role of the Peer Mentor Scholar is to mentor students interested in getting involved with undergraduate research, provide guidance related to URECA grants (proposal, budget, timeline) and the dissemination process.

Meet your Creative Activity and Projects Peer Mentor: Connor Prim

Connor is a senior Instrumental Music Education major with minors in Secondary Education and University Honors. He is a Peer Mentor Scholar with the Student Organization for the Advancement of Research (SOAR). His research experience includes presentations in six states and the International Conference on Undergraduate Research. He has received two URECA grants to fund his projects on music education (an Assistant level award and a Silver Scholar level award).

“The Undergraduate Research Center has been an invaluable resource to me in my time at MTSU. It has opened the door to so many opportunities I never could have imagined, and I am so excited to help others reach their true potential. The research process can be intimidating at first, but I am happy to help you overcome those hurdles that we all face when getting started. You don’t have to face this journey alone!”       


Contact Connor at for your Creative Activity and Project related URECA inquires and mentoring.

Meet your STEM Peer Mentor: Michaela Harrison

I have sought to increase my community outreach at MTSU by serving as a Woman in STEM Student Mentor and as a Peer Mentor & Research Ambassador for SOAR (Student Organization for the Advancement of Research). I seek to help students progress by utilizing the insights that I have gained from my personal experiences as a STEM major and undergraduate research assistant. There are many different paths that a student can take in their academic career path and there is not a clearly defined one-size-fits-all. I found that my time at MTSU has provided me with the opportunity to create a path that is unique to me. I am committed to helping students create their own path by identifying their strengths, strengthening any weaknesses that may be present and developing a path that fosters their intellectual and academic growth.

“By comparing one student’s performance and pathway to another, you dismiss the uniqueness of the experiences that college has to offer. Each journey is different and unique to the student. These differences provide diversity in the enrichment of our community”       


Contact Michaela at for your STEM related URECA inquires and mentoring.

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Jamie Burriss, Ph.D., Director
(615) 494-7669

Casey Penston, Coordinator
(615) 809-4588

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