Director: Prof. Sheila Patek

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Dr. Sheila Patek is the Director of Muser and the Hehmeyer Professor of Biology at Duke.  Prof. Patek leads the Muser software initiative and Muser's student program initiative at Duke, as part of a broad, multi-university effort to change the culture around access, equity and transparency for research experiences in academic institutions.  The Patek Lab's research focuses on biomechanics and evolutionary diversification. 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, and then developed a new version for Duke.  Many people have helped develop this program along the way, both at UMass (especially Mike Selden and Steve Brewer) and at Duke (especially Qian Wang, Kyle Skrinak, Matthew Rascoff, Quang Nguyen, Dr. Julie Reynolds, Dr. Nyote Calixte, Sloan Talbot, Seun Bello Olamosu, and Jay Beaton Consulting).