Prof. Sheila Patek (Biology Dept.) founded Muser and is the current Director. After her own travails finding a research position as an undergraduate, she was inspired by UC Berkeley’s Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP) to create a new, web-based system to “level the playing field” for undergraduates interested in doing research. She started developing the Drupal-based program while at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (called BURA), and then developed several new versions for Duke (previously called CUBR and MUSER). Many, many people have helped develop this program along the way, both at UMass (especially Mike Selden and Steve Brewer) and the iterations at Duke (especially Qian Wang, Kyle Skrinak, Quang Nguyen, Matthew Rascoff, Dr. Julie Reynolds, and Dr. Nyote Calixte).
The National Science Foundation, via Patek’s NSF CAREER Award, has helped fund the development of these programs. The current website was designed in conjunction with Jay Beaton Consulting and funded by Duke University’s Offices of Undergraduate Education and Interdisciplinary Studies.