Maryland Center for Undergraduate Rresearch at the University of Maryland

Research in My Major

  • A James. Clark School of Engineering

    A James. Clark School of Engineering
    1131 Glenn L. Martin Hall
    (301) 405-0287
    http://www.eng.umd.edu/

    Research in the School of Engineering

    Research Centers

    Research Institutes

    Faculty



    College-Wide Research Opportunities

    Research Opportunities page has links to resources and facilities in the Clark School of Engineering as well as Special Undergraduate Research Programs.

    ASPIRE Program (A Scholars Program for Industry-oriented Research in Engineering) ASPIRE offers students a unique opportunity to venture beyond the classroom through collaboration with engineering faculty and staff on mutually interesting projects with industry relevance. ASPIRE introduces undergraduates to the discipline and rewards of industrially-oriented engineering projects. Students perform research during the Fall and/or Spring semesters under the guidance of an engineering faculty or staff mentor. ASPIRE awardees receive a scholarship of $1,000 for each semester project. For Summer projects, students receive a scholarship of $3,000 for the summer.
    For best consideration for Fall, the application is due at the ASPIRE program office in mid-September.

    Engineering Honors Program The EHP was developed to provide an atmosphere conducive to creating passion in learning through student involvement and faculty interaction. Experience has shown that it is this close interaction between faculty and student that helps the student develop leadership skills, a creative attitude, and self-confidence; these are the characteristics of the leaders in the field of engineering and management.

    First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE) The University of Maryland First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE) provides inquiry-based experiences and broad personal and academic mentorship for first-year students through participation in faculty-led innovation and research streams. Students earn degree credit while engaged with faculty and a peer cohort in the yearlong development of skill sets in authentic inquiry, critical thinking, innovation and experimental design, problem solving, leadership and scholarly communication. The program is designed to better unite the twin research and educational missions of the institution while driving gains in student persistence, retention, degree completion, academic accomplishment and acceptance into professional education programs.

    Institute for Systems Research (ISR) The Physics Department's Institute for Systems Research offers paid Undergraduate Research Assistantships (see section at bottom of page). Opportunities are open for students majoring in such fields as Engineering, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Mathematics, Biology, and Business (Decision, Operation and Information Technologies and Logistics, Business and Public Policy). Students may work up to 20 hours per week during the semester and 40 hours per week over the summer. Interested students should contact ISR faculty members directly to inquire if there are openings and/or funding for URA appointments.

    Keystone Program The Keystone Program provides engineering students with first- and second-year experiential learning experiences which lay the foundation for their academic tenure at the University.

    Maryland-Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program The Maryland-HHMI Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program supports independent research by talented undergraduate students under the direct supervision of a faculty investigator/mentor. Undergraduate Research Fellows have the opportunity to experience the investigative process, demonstrate their aptitude for research, develop a close collaboration with a faculty mentor, and strengthen their conviction in their career choice. Application deadline is February 15.

    Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams (QUEST) Program This innovative, three-year program invites high-achieving students to progress in team-based courses led by an interdisciplinary faculty. The QUEST program is a collaborative effort between the Robert H. Smith School of Business and the A. James Clark School of Engineering, and admits students from those schools as well as the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences. Business, Engineering and CMPS freshmen and five-year sophomores may apply.

    ResearchFest ResearchFest is an annual event that highlights the best undergraduate and graduate-level research from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE), the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), and the Fischell Department of Bioengineering (BioE). It allows students to share their work in a fun, casual setting with faculty, staff and students from their own and other departments. The event is sponsored by BioE, ChBE and MSE, and features guest judges, prizes, and a reception. It will be held on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 11:00-2:00 PM in the Kim Engineering Building Rotunda and Kay Boardrooms. You must register to participate in this event.

    RISE Leadership Academy (Research, Instruction, Service, and Entrepreneurship) The RISE Leadership Academy: RISE (Research, Instruction, Service, and Entrepreneurship) will brand the leadership ability of the very best students within the engineering college. Only top students will be invited to join the academy. Selection will occur in the sophomore year based upon academic performance (GPA) and leadership qualities demonstrated during the first three semesters of academic study. Students who join will select two of four ‘areas’ (Research, Instruction, Service, and Entrepreneurship) in which to demonstrate their leadership abilities. In their junior year they will concentrate on one area (Research, for example) and in their senior year they will concentrate on another (Instruction, for example).

    Training and Research Experiences in Nonlinear Dynamics (TREND) The University of Maryland's Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics, with support from the National Science Foundation, is offering exciting research opportunities for undergraduate students in the broad area of nonlinear dynamics. Students from a variety of universities and backgrounds typically work in teams of two or three for 10 weeks during the summer and are supervised jointly by faculty members and graduate students. Deadline for summer is usually around March 1.

    University of Maryland Scholars Summer Research Program (Biomedical Research at UMD's School of Medicine in Baltimore) Description: The University of Maryland Scholars Summer Research Program builds on the strengths of two great institutions by enabling outstanding University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) undergraduates to become engaged in summer research projects led by top faculty in the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). The program provides participating students with in-depth involvement in significant research and professional mentorship in challenging settings. The program also introduces highly talented UMCP undergraduates to the MD degree program, the vast array of graduate degree programs, and the MD/PhD and MD/MS degree opportunities at UMB.
    Location: University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
    Fields: Majoring in any science, engineering, or mathematics field.
    Eligibility: Open to UMCP students currently in their second or third year of studies (Sophomore or Junior). Minimum GPA of 3.5.
    Deadline: Early February

    Women in Engineering The Women in Engineering (WIE) Program in the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland was established in January 1995 through a grant from the Sloan Foundation. WIE is dedicated to promoting the role of women in the field of engineering.

    Our focus is on the recruitment of prospective female engineering students and the retention of current undergraduate and graduate female engineering students.

    WIE includes an Undergraduate Research Fellows Program.



    Departmental Research Opportunities

    Aerospace Engineering (ENAE)

    Undergraduate Research Opportunities, Department of Aerospace Engineering

    Several paid opportunities for undergraduate research available.

    Bioengineering (BIOE)

    Undergraduate Research in Bioengineering

    Includes links to several research opportunities within the Fischell Department of Bioengineering.

    Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CHBE)

    Internships and Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

    Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENCE)

    Student Resources

    Special Programs section of page includes links to some of the research programs in which ENCE undergraduates may participate

    Electrical and Computer Engineering (ENEE)

    Research and Teaching Opportunities for Undergraduates

    Students selected to participate in the program receive a stipend of $5,000 for the year—a cost shared by the department and faculty researcher. The initiative provides undergraduate ECE students the opportunity to participate in cutting edge research with faculty members thereby enhancing future employment or graduate school opportunities.

    Fire Protection Engineering (ENFP)

    Materials Science and Engineering (ENMA)

    Undergraduate Research Opportunities, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

    Our students find themselves working on materials problems with collaborative teams that might include students in physics, bioengineering, chemistry, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. Research opportunities include developing new materials for energy applications (fuel cells, hydrogen storage, advanced batteries), new biomaterials for medically implanted devices, nanocomposites, shape memory metals, materials for thermoelectric devices, and nanomaterials.

    Mechanical Engineering (ENME)

    Undergraduate Student Research.



    Departmental Honors Programs and Research for Course Credit

    Aerospace Engineering

    Bioengineering

    Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

    Civil and Environmental Engineering

    • ENCE 398 Honors Research Project
    • ENCE 488 Senior Thesis
    • ENCE 489 Special Problems in Civil Engineering

    Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Fire Protection

    • ENFP 429 Independent Studies
    • ENFP 489 Special Topics/Honors Reearch Project

    Materials Science and Engineering

    • ENMA 499 Senior Laboratory Project

    Mechanical Engineering


    • ENME 398 Honors Research Project
    • ENME 488 Special Problems in Mechanical Engineering
    • ENME 489 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
  • College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

    College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
    1104 Symons Hall
    (301) 405-7761
    http://agnr.umd.edu

    Research @ AGNR

    Research Centers in AGNR

    Faculty

    College-Wide Research Opportunities

    Environment, Technology and Economy Scholars Program (College Park Scholars)The Environment, Technology and Economy Scholars Program is one of the two-year living-learning College Park Scholars programs for first- and second-year students. Students who are invited to Scholars choose to be in one of our thematic programs.

    Global sustainability has become one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century, where technological, environmental, and economic forces must converge for a sustainable future. Professionals of all disciplines and cultures have combined forces to explore challenges and potential solutions to these interrelated processes. This ongoing exploration is the foundation of the Environment, Technology, and Economy program.

    First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE) The University of Maryland First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE) provides inquiry-based experiences and broad personal and academic mentorship for first-year students through participation in faculty-led innovation and research streams. Students earn degree credit while engaged with faculty and a peer cohort in the yearlong development of skill sets in authentic inquiry, critical thinking, innovation and experimental design, problem solving, leadership and scholarly communication. The program is designed to better unite the twin research and educational missions of the institution while driving gains in student persistence, retention, degree completion, academic accomplishment and acceptance into professional education programs.

    Internship Opportunities in Agriculture Postings of internship opportunities for AGNR students, some, but not all, related to research. Includes research positions at University System of Maryland research centers throughout the state.

    Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) Internships The JIFSAN internship program allows undergraduate students at the University of Maryland, College Park to participate in research at FDA facilities, including the Harvey Wiley Building in College Park and the MOD1 & MOD11 facilities on Muirkirk Road in Laurel, MD. Internships require a time commitment of 8-10 hours/week during the semester and 30 hours/week during winterterm and summer. After 100 hours as an unpaid intern, JIFSAN interns become eligible to compete for a paid internship for subsequent semesters. The JIFSAN program's website has a searchable database of available opportunities. Areas of research include: Chemistry, Communications, Microbiology, Molecular genetics, Nutritional Sciences, Public Health, and Risk assessment (modeling and statistics).

    University of Maryland Scholars Summer Research Program (Biomedical Research at UMD's School of Medicine in Baltimore) The University of Maryland Scholars Summer Research Program builds on the strengths of two great institutions by enabling outstanding University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) undergraduates to become engaged in summer research projects led by top faculty in the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). The program provides participating students with in-depth involvement in significant research and professional mentorship in challenging settings. The program also introduces highly talented UMCP undergraduates to the MD degree program, the vast array of graduate degree programs, and the MD/PhD and MD/MS degree opportunities at UMB.
    Location: University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
    Fields: Majoring in any science, engineering, or mathematics field.
    Eligibility: Open to UMCP students currently in their second or third year of studies (Sophomore or Junior). Minimum GPA of 3.5.
    Deadline: Early February

    Departmental Research Opportunities

    Note that the Department of Veterinary Medicine offers only graduate degree programs; therefore, it is not listed here.

    Animal and Avian Sciences (ANSC)

    Internships and Careers On and off-campus opportunities for Animal and Avian Science undergraduates, some opportunities involving research.

    Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC)

    Sustainability Analytics (FIRE Progam) The Sustainability Analytics stream, part of the FIRE (First-Year Innovation and Research Experience) program, has three focus areas. In one, students will collect and analyze natural science and socioeconomic data on biological resources (fish, large mammals, or invasive species) to examine how species characteristics, ecosystems, markets, technology and trade influence the conservation or overexploitation of natural resources. In the second, students will help administer a survey of Maryland households about installations of renewable energy systems, vehicle ownership and use. Students will use the data collected to address why people adopt renewable energy technologies and what is the impact on CO2 emissions. The third area focuses on interventions to encourage households and small businesses in Maryland to invest in cost-effective, energy-saving technologies. Students will participate in the collection and mapping of data, and in the delivery and evaluation of energy conservation educational initiatives in Maryland.

    Entomology (ENTM)

    (in CMNS but affiliated with AGNR)

    Environmental Science and Policy Program (ENSP)

    (Program is interdisciplinary between AGNR, BSOS, and CMNS)

    Undergraduate Research Opportunities, Environmental Science and Policy Program Links to several research opportunities listed, including opportunities on- and off-campus.

    Environmental Science and Technology (ENST)

    Nutrition and Food Science (NFSC)

    Undegraduate Listserv Once you have chosen your area of study and have an active email account, you can be added to the departmental undergraduate e-mail listserv for your area of study. Information on scholarships, undergraduate internships, advising, employment, extracurricular activities and more are posted through this email listserv.

    Plant Science and Landscape Architecture (PSLA)

    Departmental Honors Programs and Research for Course Credit

    College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Honors Program

    The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Honors Program is intended to provide academically talented students with the opportunity for significant professional development through pursuit of a scholarly investigation under the guidance of a faculty adviser and to provide recognition of that development through the college honors citation. The scholarly investigation should go beyond the scope of the regular curriculum.

    Animal and Avian Sciences

    Agricultural and Resource Economics

    • AREC 386 Experiential Learning
    • AREC 388 Honors Thesis Research
    • AREC 489 Special Topics in Agricultural and Resources Economics

    Entomology

    (in CMNS but affiliated with AGNR)

    Environmental Science and Policy

    • ENSP Honors Program
    • ENSP 399 Special Topics in Environmental Science and Policy
    • ENSP 499 Honors Thesis Research

    Environmental Science and Technology

    • ENST 388 Honors Thesis Research
    • ENST 499 Special Topics in Environmental Science and Technology

    Nutrition and Food Science

    • NFSC 388 Honors Thesis Research
    • NFSC 399 Special Problems in Food Science
    • NFSC 490 Special Problems in Nutrition
    • NFSC 491 Issues and Problems in Dietetics (for DIET majors only)
    • NFSC 498 Selected Topics

    Plant Science and Landscape Architecture

    • LARC 388 Honors Thesis Research
    • PLSC 388 Honors Thesis Research
    • PLSC 399 Special Problems in Plant Science
    • LARC 499 Independent Studies in Landscape Architecture

  • School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

    School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
    Architecture Building
    (301) 405-8000
    http://www.arch.umd.edu

    Research in the School of Architecture

    Faculty



    College-Wide Research Opportunities

    Departmental Research Opportunities

    Architecture (ARCH)

    Note: The other departments/programs in the School of Architecture (Historic Preservation, Real Estate Development, and Urban Studies and Planning) are graduate programs and do not offer undergraduate degrees.

    Research for Course Credit

    School of Architecture

    • ARCH 419 Independent Studies in Architectural Technology - Independent Study
    • ARCH 429 Independent Studies in Architectural History
    • ARCH 479 Independent Studies in Architecture
    • ARCH 483 Field Archaeology
    • ARCH 459 Independent Studies in Urban Planning Historic Preservation
    • ARCH 489 Independent Studies in Architectural Preservation
    • URSP 399I: Independent Study

  • College of Arts and Humanities

    College of Arts and Humanities
    1102 Francis Scott Key Hall
    (301) 405-2088
    http://www.arhu.umd.edu

    Research and Centers in ARHU

    College-Wide Research Opportunities

    Career and Internship Courses Opportunities for undergraduates in ARHU to earn credit for internship experience. Some (but not all) internship experiences in humanities disciplines involve research.

    First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE) The University of Maryland First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE) provides inquiry-based experiences and broad personal and academic mentorship for first-year students through participation in faculty-led innovation and research streams. Students earn degree credit while engaged with faculty and a peer cohort in the yearlong development of skill sets in authentic inquiry, critical thinking, innovation and experimental design, problem solving, leadership and scholarly communication. The program is designed to better unite the twin research and educational missions of the institution while driving gains in student persistence, retention, degree completion, academic accomplishment and acceptance into professional education programs.

    Honors Humanities Program The Honors Humanities program features a living/learning experience, an academically challenging curriculum, and attentive advising by program faculty. The curriculum of Honors Humanities is designed to show how the humanities and arts work--both as knowledge-making disciplines and as venues for significant public action. Participants in the Honors Humanities program complete an individual research project over a period of four semesters.

    Undergraduate Research Page Gives examples of undergraduates doing research particularly in context of college courses.

    Research Opportunities within Schools of the College of Arts and Humanities (Languages, Music, and Theatre/Performing Arts)

    School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (SLCC)

    Departments and Programs within the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

    Asian Languages and Cultures (Chinese, Japanese, Korean)

    Central European Languages and Culture (Czech, Polish, Hungarian, Serbian and Croatian, Bulgarian, Romanian, and Russian)

    Germanic Languages and Cultures

    Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian)

    Romance Languages and Cultures (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)

    School of Music (MUSC)

    School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS)

    Departmental Research Opportunities

    American Studies (AMST)

    Art (Studio)(ARTT)

    Internships at the Art Gallery The Art Gallery offers a variety of internship and professional development opportunities to University of Maryland students. Through The Art Gallery, undergraduate and graduate students are able to gain the experience of employment in a more traditional gallery setting without leaving campus.

    Art History and Archaeology (ARTH)

    Internships Information on internships for credit for Art History undergraduate students. Many museum internships involve research.

    Asian American Studies Program (Undergraduate Minor) (AAST)

    (hosted in the Office of Undergraduate Studies)

    Asian Pacific American (APA) Jobs and Internships This is a list of job and internships related to Asian American Studies, mostly located in Washington, DC. Some, but not all, are research-related.

    Classics (CLAS)

    Scholarships and Research Opportunities

    Communication (COMM)

    Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) Internships The JIFSAN internship program allows undergraduate students at the University of Maryland, College Park to participate in research at FDA facilities, including the Harvey Wiley Building in College Park and the MOD1 & MOD11 facilities on Muirkirk Road in Laurel, MD. Internships require a time commitment of 8-10 hours/week during the semester and 30 hours/week during winterterm and summer. After 100 hours as an unpaid intern, JIFSAN interns become eligible to compete for a paid internship for subsequent semesters. The JIFSAN program's website has a searchable database of available opportunities. Areas of research include: Chemistry, Communications, Microbiology, Molecular genetics, Nutritional Sciences, Public Health, and Risk assessment (modeling and statistics).

    Oral Communication Program The Oral Communication Program is dedicated to helping students achieve the general education learning outcomes for oral communication. Beyond overseeing the programs of the Oral Communication Center, our team conducts a variety of research studies that examine the principles and practices of oral communication.

    English (ENGL)

    English Department Internships Internship opportunities for course credit for English undergraduate majors. Research projects include opportunities to work on research projects at MITH (Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities) and on digital humanities projects, Romantic Circles and the Dickinson Electronic Archives.

    Research Opportunities in English through Maryland Student Research Program Lists faculty members in English who have worked with undergraduates on research through the Maryland Student Researchers program.

    Film Studies Program (FILM)

    History (HIST)

    Linguistics (LING)

    Baggett Summer Scholarships Baggett Summer Scholarships The Department of Linguistics, in conjunction with the Language Science Program at the University of Maryland, is pleased to offer innovative research opportunities for undergraduate students. Baggett Summer Scholarships are faculty-mentored summer research positions, open only to University of Maryland undergraduates.

    Undergraduate Research Opportunities

    Philosophy (PHIL)

    Women's Studies (WMST)

    Internships Lists internship opportunities for WMST undergraduates, some related to research.

    Departmental Honors Programs and Research for Course Credit (alphabetically by program)

    ARHU credits for internships/experiential learning

    • ARHU 286: For students with fewer than 60 cumulative credits.
    • ARHU 386: For students with more than 60 cumulative credits.
    • ARHU 486: For students who have already earned upper level internship credit.
    • ARHU 489: For students who have successfully completed ARHU 486.

    Art (Studio)

    • Art (Studio) Honors Program
    • ARTT 386 Experiential Learning
    • ARTT 399 Department of Art Research Assistantship
    • ARTT 498A and B Directed Studies in Studio Art
    • ARTT 498H Directed Studies: Honors Thesis

    Art History and Archaeology

    American Studies

    Asian American Studies Program (minor)

    • AAST 378 Experiential Learning
    • AAST 388 Independent Study

    Arabic Studies Program

    • ARAB 386 Experiential Learning
    • ARAB 399 Independent Study in Arabic
    • ARAB 499 Special Topics in Arabic Studies

    Central European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies Program (CERES)

    • See Russian Language and Literature for research course numbers for this program.

    Chinese Program

    • CHIN 499 Directed Study in Chinese

    Classics

    • CLAS 495 Senior Thesis in Classics
    • CLAS 499 Independent Study in Classical Languages and Literatures
    • LATN/GREK 499 Independent Study in Latin or Greek Language and Literature

    Communication

    Dance

    • DANC 389 Independent Study in Global Movement Practice Research
    • DANC 398 Directed Study in Dance

    English

    • English Honors Program
    • ENGL 373 Senior Honors Project
    • 388D: Dickinson Digital Humanities Internship
    • 388R: Romantic Circles Internship
    • 388T: MITH Internship
    • ENGL 429 Independent Research in English
    • ENGL 495 Independent Study in Honors

    Film Studies Program

    French (Department of French and Italian)

    Germanic Studies

    History (HIST)

    • History Honors Program
    • HIST 299 Directed Research
    • HIST 386 Experiential Learning
    • HIST 398/399 Honors Thesis I & II
    • HIST 499 Independent Study

    Italian (Department of French and Italian)

    • ITAL 399 Directed Study in Italian
    • ITAL 497 Senior Project

    Japanese Program

    • JAPN 386 Experiential Learning
    • JAPN 499 Directed Study in Japanese

    Jewish Studies Program

    Linguistics

    Music

    • MUSC 386 Experiential Learning
    • MUSP 419S Music Performance
    • MUSC 499 Independent Studies

    Persian Studies Program

    • PERS 399 Directed Study in Persian
    • PERS 399B Directed Study in Persian; Directed Study
    • PERS 399D Directed Study in Persian; Capstone Research Project

    Philopsophy

    Portuguese (Department of Spanish and Portuguese)

    • PORT 399 Independent Study in Portuguese

    Romance Languages

    • See French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish for research course numbers for this program.

    Russian Language and Literature Program

    • RUSS 386 Experiential Learning
    • RUSS 499 Independent Study in Russian
    • RUSS 499G Independent Study in Russian; Russian Phonetics and Conversation

    Spanish (Department of Spanish and Portuguese)

    Theatre

    • THET 299/399/499 Independent Study

    Women's Studies

    • Women's Studies Honors Program
    • WMST 386 Experiential Learning
    • WMST 488 Honors Seminar
    • WMST 498H Honors Thesis Writing/Advanced Special Topics
    • WMST 499 Independent Study

  • College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    2141 Tydings Hall
    (301) 405-1679
    http://bsos.umd.edu

    Research in BSOS

    Research Centers in BSOS

    Faculty

    College-Wide Research Opportunities

    CIVICUS Living and Learning Program CIVICUS is a two-year, invitational academic citation program built on five themes of civil society: citizenship, leadership, community-service learning, community building in a diverse society, and scholarship. This approach encourages multidimensional student leadership and participation.

    BSOS Summer Scholars (for Undergraduate Research) Program The BSOS Summer Scholars awards are offered in collaboration with the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Dean's Research Initiative. These awards are partially underwritten by the BSOS Be The Solution Fund which is supported by the BSOS Dean and donors to the College.

    The BSOS Summer Scholars are awarded up to $3000 to support a specific undergraduate student research project in the summer that is completed under the supervision of a faculty member. BSOS faculty mentors will be asked by the BSOS Associate Dean for Research to nominate students as part of the annual BSOS Dean's Research Initiative. Applications are due the first week in February for summer research projects. Note: This is not the same program as the Maryland Summer Scholars program, which is administered by the Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research.

    First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE) The University of Maryland First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE) provides inquiry-based experiences and broad personal and academic mentorship for first-year students through participation in faculty-led innovation and research streams. Students earn degree credit while engaged with faculty and a peer cohort in the yearlong development of skill sets in authentic inquiry, critical thinking, innovation and experimental design, problem solving, leadership and scholarly communication. The program is designed to better unite the twin research and educational missions of the institution while driving gains in student persistence, retention, degree completion, academic accomplishment and acceptance into professional education programs.

    Research (for Undergraduates) provides links to research programs and opportunities for BSOS undergraduate students as well as advice on seeking these opportunities.

    START (National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism)

    • START Internship Program: START offers unpaid internships year round on a variety of our research projects and teams. During the course of their internship, participants are exposed to the most up-to-date theories, methods and information related to the study of terrorism. They are versed in critical questions being tackled by homeland security practitioners, policy makers and researchers, and they are mentored in a professional environment geared toward student success. The program is designed to prepare the next generation of homeland security scholars and practitioners through real-world research experience. START’s internship program is open to undergraduate and graduate students (as well as some recent graduates) in any related discipline from any institution. See current internship opportunities for upcoming deadlines.
    • START Undergraduate Research Program: The Center invites 5 undergraduates to participate in START's research as part of its Undergraduate Research Program (URP) during each academic year. URP participants will receive a stipend of $500 to support the undergraduate researcher’s contributions to his/her faculty-led project and to cover the costs of independent research and/or professional development opportunities; and will also receive travel costs related to attendance at the URP orientation, the ISA meeting, and the START Annual Meeting. Deadline for nomination for 2015-2016 was May 15, 2015.

    Summer Research Initiative The Summer Research Initiative (SRI) was created in 1999 by the Office of the Dean in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS) and is supported by the Office of the Provost, the Graduate School, the Office of the Vice President for Research and the College. The program is designed to encourage and enhance the diversity of scholars working in the social and behavioral science fields.

    In that spirit, we are interested in receiving applications to the program from a broad spectrum of students, including African Americans, Latino/Hispanics, American Indian/Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders, as well as students with research interests related to diverse communities. Participating academic departments include Anthropology, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Geography, Government & Politics, Hearing & Speech Sciences, Psychology, and Sociology.

    The application for the 2016 SRI will be available from November 1, 2015 to February, 2016. Applications will be reviewed February – March, 2016 and selection announcements will be made in mid to late March, 2016.

    Departmental Research Opportunities

    African-American Studies (AASP)

    Internships Experiential Learning in African American Studies is an academic seminar for majors and certificate students who are working at internship or service sites related to African American Studies. Through course work and class discussions, students are challenged to integrate their experiential experiences with the interdisciplinary study of past and present African-American communities. To successfully earn credit for experiential Learning students must fulfill the requirements at the internship or service site, participate in a weekly seminar, and complete the assigned projects aimed at bringing together academic research, reflective work, and professional development.

    Other Resources page has links to some African-American museums and historical sites where internships may be arranged.

    Scholarships and Research Opportunities

    Anthropology (ANTH)

    Field Schools The Department of Anthropology offers several field schools throughout the year in both Archaeology and Sociocultural Anthropology. Field experience is important for any student who wishes to pursue these subjects academically or professionally after college or graduate school.

    Independent Study (ANTH398A) The University of Maryland encourages that all students should have the opportunity for an enriched and challenging experience through a variety of learning opportunities. Students benefit significantly from Independent Studies. Working in an Independent Studies situation can be a source of considerable enrichment for the student. Students should be able to apply their classroom learning, test out their interests and skills in anthropology, and receive training in a specialized aspect of anthropology, which is not available on campus.

    Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJS)

    Independent Studies in CCJS An Independent Study gives a student the opportunity to work on original research, one-on-one with a professor in the Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJS) Department, for the duration of a semester. Throughout the semester, the student meets with the professor, develops a research topic, completes a research paper and presents his or her findings to the professor. The student must complete the Independent Study Contract with the CCJS faculty member and submit the contract to CCJS Advising for approval.

    Economics (ECON)

    Economic Resources Links to various organizations, think tanks, and federal agencies where research in Economics takes place.

    Independent Study Includes information on independent research or study for credit (ECON 399).

    ECON Undergraduate Blog This Undergraduate blog often lists research and internship opportunities on- and off-campus for ECON undergraduates.

    Geographical Sciences (GEOG)

    Independent Studies Independent studies (GEOG398 or GEOG498) are semester-long, individualized academic research projects. Students work with a faculty supervisor to design and research an original thesis.

    Undergraduate Research Symposium (Geographical Sciences) The Undergraduate Research Symposium takes place during the first week of May or the first week of November (dates to be determined). Students present on their research or internship projects using a PowerPoint or poster format. Each presentation should be a 3-5 minute oral summary of the student's research or internship experience. Students enrolled in independent studies (GEOG398 or GEOG498), internships (GEOG384 or GEOG385) or honors (GEOG396 and GEOG397) are required to present at the Undergraduate Research Symposium.

    Government and Politics (GVPT)

    Undergraduate Research (Independent Study)

    Hearing and Speech Sciences (HESP)

    HESP Initiatives The Hearing and Speech Department has many initiatives and ongoing projects, with both research and clinical focuses. Check back often to learn about exciting initiatives lead by HESP faculty members and explore our many projects and innovations!

    Hearing and Speech Sciences Research Resources Includes links to library and laboratory resources in HESP.

    Undergraduate Program Page Many helpful links for HESP undergraduates students, including research, writing, and advising resources,

    Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM)

    Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) Internships The JIFSAN internship program allows undergraduate students at the University of Maryland, College Park to participate in research at FDA facilities, including the Harvey Wiley Building in College Park and the MOD1 & MOD11 facilities on Muirkirk Road in Laurel, MD. Internships require a time commitment of 8-10 hours/week during the semester and 30 hours/week during winterterm and summer. After 100 hours as an unpaid intern, JIFSAN interns become eligible to compete for a paid internship for subsequent semesters. The JIFSAN program's website has a searchable database of available opportunities. Areas of research include: Chemistry, Communications, Microbiology, Molecular genetics, Nutritional Sciences, Public Health, and Risk assessment (modeling and statistics).

    Junior Fellows Program, Joint Program in Survey Methodology The JPSM junior fellow program is a cooperative venture of the Interagency Council on Statistical Policy and the Joint Program in Survey Methodology. The Joint Program in Survey Methodology is funded primarily by the Interagency Council on Statistical Policy to provide graduate educational programs for the next generation of technical staff in the Federal Statistical System. Its graduate faculty devote their teaching careers to teaching the multidisciplinary tools that are needed for large scale surveys and censuses.
    Recipients of the fellowship are paid a salary of $4,500-$5,000 for 10 weeks. Double rooms in apartment style dormitories at the George Washington University will be provided at no cost to the Junior Fellows.
    The application deadline for Summer 2016 is October 1, 2015.

    MPower Undergraduate Law Program (MLAW) (minor)

    Justice and Legal Thought Program (College Park Scholars) College Park Scholars Justice and Legal Thought Program (CPJT) examines the connections between law and justice by challenging students to ask: “What is the right thing to do?” Using the greater Washington, D.C.-Baltimore-Annapolis area as their laboratory, students investigate justice as it pertains to real-world situations. This unique collaboration taps the faculty and scholarly expertise of the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

    Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program (minor) (NACS)

    Minor in Neuroscience Information page includes information on undergraduate research assistantships.

    Research Opportunities in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science

    Institute for Systems Research (ISR) The Physics Department's Institute for Systems Research offers paid Undergraduate Research Assistantships (see section at bottom of page). Opportunities are open for students majoring in such fields as Engineering, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Mathematics, Biology, and Business (Decision, Operation and Information Technologies and Logistics, Business and Public Policy). Students may work up to 20 hours per week during the semester and 40 hours per week over the summer. Interested students should contact ISR faculty members directly to inquire if there are openings and/or funding for URA appointments.

    Maryland Neuroimaging Center The Maryland Neuroimaging Center (MNC) is the home for neuroimaging research at the University of Maryland. Housed in a spacious new facility in the Gudelsky Building, adjacent to the main College Park campus, the center has been designed to foster collaboration among neuroscientists, psychologists, cognitive scientists, engineers, and physicists. A special focus of the center is on understanding mechanisms of brain development and neural plasticity in typical and atypical populations, and in understanding the neural mechanisms underlying expert abilities that serve critical national priorities. The MNC is an initiative of the university's interdepartmental Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) Program, and is available to researchers from the University of Maryland and other regional centers. Contact Sandy Collier at collier@umd.edu for available undergraduate research opportunies.

    Psychology (PSYC)

    Conducting Independent Research Research Opportunities for Psychology Majors Information on conducting independent research as an undergraduate. Students may receive course credit by registering for PSYC 478 Independent Study in Psychology.

    Experiential Learning Information on finding internship experiences in psychology. Some (but not all) internships involve research.

    PSYC E-News Blog lists several research and internship opportunities for undergraduates. You may sign up for updates for when new listings are posted.

    Research Assistantships Information on becoming a research assistant for Psychology faculty members. Students may receive course credit by registering for PSYC 479 Special Research in Psychology.

    Sociology (SOCY)

    Research Employment Opportunities for Graduating Sociology Majors Research employment in the social sciences is available for those with a variety of educational backgrounds. Researchers are employed at the PhD, MA/MS, and BA/BS levels. Jobs in data collection are also available for non-college graduates.

    Sociology Undergraduate Blog Posts information on a number of topics for sociology undergraduates, including undergraduate research and internship opportunities.

    Departmental Honors Programs and Research for Course Credit

    African-American Studies

    Anthropology

    Criminology and Criminal Justice

    Economics

    • Economics Honors Program
    • ECON 396 Independent Honors Study
    • ECON 397 Honors Thesis
    • ECON 399 Individual Readings and Research For Undergraduates

    Geographical Sciences

    Government and Politics

    Hearing and Speech Sciences

    MPower Undergraduate Law Program

    • MLAW 388 Law and Society Internship

    Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program (minor)

    • Honors in Neuroscience: A student in a Departmental Honors Program may conduct a thesis in Neurosciences for their program's requirement. Consult with a faculty advisor for more information.
    • BSCI 399 Biology Department Research
    • BSCI 399H Biology Department Honors Research
    • PSYC 479 Special Research Problems in Psychology (for Research Assistantships)

    Psychology

    Sociology

    • Sociology Honors Program
    • SOCY 381 Honors Independent Research in Sociology
    • SOCY 383 Honors Thesis Research
    • SOCY 386 Experiential Learning
    • SOCY 399 Independent Study in Sociology

  • Robert H. Smith School of Business

    Robert H. Smith School of Business
    1570 Van Munching Hall
    (301) 405-2286
    http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/

    Research in BGMT

    Research Centers in BGMT

    Faculty in BGMT

    College-Wide Research Opportunities

    Business Honors Program The Smith School Honors program offers students with superior academic achievements special opportunities and resources, including the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research on business issues, and to graduate with honors. Students in the honors program take their upper-level BMGT core courses in small, seminar-style honors sections, which allow in-depth exploration of business topics in marketing, finance, management and organization, business law, and policy and strategy.

    Business, Society, and Economy Program (College Park Scholars) Business, Society and the Economy explores the worlds of business and economics – especially their impact on society—by learning business and economic fundamentals, visiting corporate leaders and their business both in Washington D.C., area and abroad, simulating real-life business models and engaging in team projects and simulations.

    Fellowship and Special Programs Opportunities Not all of these listings are technically research-oriented but provide experiential learning opportunities.

    Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams (QUEST) Program This innovative, three-year program invites high-achieving students to progress in team-based courses led by an interdisciplinary faculty. The QUEST program is a collaborative effort between the Robert H. Smith School of Business and the A. James Clark School of Engineering, and admits students from those schools as well as the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences. Business, Engineering and CMPS freshmen and five-year sophomores may apply.

    Undergraduate Students website Comprehensive information for current undergraduate students in the Business School.

    Departmental Research Opportunities

    Accounting and Information Assurance (AIA) Department (BUAC)

    Schilit Scholars in Accounting Smith School alumnus Howard Schilit, PhD’81, CEO of Schilit Forensics and co-author of Financial Shenanigans, wants to give two rising seniors the opportunity of a lifetime to develop their fraud accounting acumen for detecting fraudulent financial statements.

    Decision, Operations and Information Technologies (DO&IT) Department (BUDT)

    Institute for Systems Research (ISR) The Physics Department's Institute for Systems Research offers paid Undergraduate Research Assistantships (see section at bottom of page). Opportunities are open for students majoring in such fields as Engineering, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Mathematics, Biology, and Business (Decision, Operation and Information Technologies and Logistics, Business and Public Policy). Students may work up to 20 hours per week during the semester and 40 hours per week over the summer. Interested students should contact ISR faculty members directly to inquire if there are openings and/or funding for URA appointments.

    Finance (BUFN)

    Quantitative Finance Fellows Program The Quantitative Finance Fellows program is for students interested in investments and in particular the software, hardware, and quantitative tools used in the financial services industry. Today, many careers in asset management (hedge funds, mutual funds, or financial advisors) require an extensive use of mathematics and statistics to analyze portfolios of stocks and bonds, beyond the traditional security analysis methods. Having such advanced statistical and modeling skills can greatly increase your marketability for high-paying jobs.

    Logistics, Business, and Public Policy (BULM)

    Institute for Systems Research (ISR) The Physics Department's Institute for Systems Research offers paid Undergraduate Research Assistantships (see section at bottom of page). Opportunities are open for students majoring in such fields as Engineering, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Mathematics, Biology, and Business (Decision, Operation and Information Technologies and Logistics, Business and Public Policy). Students may work up to 20 hours per week during the semester and 40 hours per week over the summer. Interested students should contact ISR faculty members directly to inquire if there are openings and/or funding for URA appointments.

    Supply Chain Management Fellows The Supply Chain Management Fellows Program offers students a unique opportunity for learning both within the Smith School and with external Supply Chain professionals. As part of a top-ranked program, students have the opportunity to take core classes together, participate as leaders in the Supply Chain Society, visit regional facilities and operations, sign up for a class that explores international or North American processes, and network at local and annual meetings of leading industry professional organizations. By combining classroom learning with networking opportunities in the professional community, Supply Chain Fellows can take advantage of a unique opportunity to build knowledge of the profession and create a foundation for a networked career.

    Management & Organization (M&O) Department (BUMO)

    Marketing (BUMK)

    Business School Honors Programs and Research for Course Credit

    Robert H. Smith School of Business

  • College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

    College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
    2300 Symons Hall, University of Maryland
    College Park, MD 20742
    301.405.4906
    http://cmns.umd.edu

    Research in CMNS

    Research Centers & Institutes in CMNS

    College-Wide Research Opportunities

    Center for Bioinformatics & Computational Biology Summer Program CBCB offers undergraduates the opportunity to get hands-on research experience in bioinformatics as part of an ongoing research projects within CBCB. The program involves full-time research (40 hours/ week) and students will get to choose from among several projects. Students will be able to attend seminars and lectures to enrich their experience. Students are compensated at a rate of $10/ hour. Deadline for Summer 2015 was March 22, 2015.

    First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE) The University of Maryland First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE) provides inquiry-based experiences and broad personal and academic mentorship for first-year students through participation in faculty-led innovation and research streams. Students earn degree credit while engaged with faculty and a peer cohort in the yearlong development of skill sets in authentic inquiry, critical thinking, innovation and experimental design, problem solving, leadership and scholarly communication. The program is designed to better unite the twin research and educational missions of the institution while driving gains in student persistence, retention, degree completion, academic accomplishment and acceptance into professional education programs.

    Institute for Systems Research (ISR) The Physics Department's Institute for Systems Research offers paid Undergraduate Research Assistantships (see section at bottom of page). Opportunities are open for students majoring in such fields as Engineering, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Mathematics, Biology, and Business (Decision, Operation and Information Technologies and Logistics, Business and Public Policy). Students may work up to 20 hours per week during the semester and 40 hours per week over the summer. Interested students should contact ISR faculty members directly to inquire if there are openings and/or funding for URA appointments.

    Job and Internship Opportunities Although this page mainly lists jobs and internship opportunities, there are occasionally research positions posted.

    J.R. Dorfman Prize for Undergraduate Research Award given following completion of undergraduate research.

    Maryland-Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program The Maryland-HHMI Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program supports independent research by talented undergraduate students under the direct supervision of a faculty investigator/mentor. Undergraduate Research Fellows have the opportunity to experience the investigative process, demonstrate their aptitude for research, develop a close collaboration with a faculty mentor, and strengthen their conviction in their career choice. Application deadline is February 15.

    Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) Internships The JIFSAN internship program allows undergraduate students at the University of Maryland, College Park to participate in research at FDA facilities, including the Harvey Wiley Building in College Park and the MOD1 & MOD11 facilities on Muirkirk Road in Laurel, MD. Internships require a time commitment of 8-10 hours/week during the semester and 30 hours/week during winterterm and summer. After 100 hours as an unpaid intern, JIFSAN interns become eligible to compete for a paid internship for subsequent semesters. The JIFSAN program's website has a searchable database of available opportunities. Areas of research include: Chemistry, Communications, Microbiology, Molecular genetics, Nutritional Sciences, Public Health, and Risk assessment (modeling and statistics).

    Maryland Sea Grant Maryland Sea Grant offers 14 undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct marine research in biology, chemistry and physical oceanography on the Chesapeake Bay. As part of a research team, you will work on an individual project in areas including estuarine processes, biogeochemistry, contaminants, fisheries, physical oceanography, the benthic environment, and submerged aquatic vegetation. As part of a research team, you will work on an individual project in areas including estuarine processes, biogeochemistry, contaminants, fisheries, physical oceanography, the benthic environment, and submerged aquatic vegetation.

    Research and Internships Has links to some of the departmental pages with information on undergraduate research.

    Research Opportunities for Undergraduates in Chemistry and Biochemistry There are links at the bottom of the page to opportunities for summer research and the application deadlines for these programs. Although some of these programs are specifically for students in chemistry and biochemistry, others are open to students in other areas of the biological and physical sciences.

    Undergraduate Listserv, CMNS The listserv distributes announcements to undergraduates in CMNS, including research and internship opportunities. You must subscribe to the listserv in order to view/post messages and listserv archives.

    University of Maryland Scholars Summer Research Program (Biomedical Research at UMD's School of Medicine in Baltimore)

    Description: The University of Maryland Scholars Summer Research Program builds on the strengths of two great institutions by enabling outstanding University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) undergraduates to become engaged in summer research projects led by top faculty in the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). The program provides participating students with in-depth involvement in significant research and professional mentorship in challenging settings. The program also introduces highly talented UMCP undergraduates to the MD degree program, the vast array of graduate degree programs, and the MD/PhD and MD/MS degree opportunities at UMB.
    Location: University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
    Fields: Majoring in any science, engineering, or mathematics field.
    Eligibility: Open to UMCP students currently in their second or third year of studies (Sophomore or Junior). Minimum GPA of 3.5.
    Deadline: Early February

    Departmental Research Opportunities

    Astronomy (ASTR)

    Undergraduate Fellowships and Awards Lists competitive national undergraduate research programs and fellowships by month in which the application is due.

    Undergraduate Research Opportunities A variety of research experiences are available for undergraduates at the University of Maryland. Students with an interest in performing research, either independently or in conjunction with faculty and graduate students, should contact the person identified below or the Undergraduate Astronomy Advisor, Grace Deming. Includes both on- and off-campus opportunities.

    Atmospheric and Oceanic Science (AOSC)

    Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Undergraduate majors in the physical sciences (Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Geology, etc.) may begin this program in their sophomore year if they have an overall minimum grade point average of 3.0, and a 3.3 average in their physical science courses. As soon as they decide upon a project and find a faculty sponsor, they and their faculty sponsor negotiate the credit to be earned and outline the work to be done.

    During their first few semesters, they may do routine tasks in order to gain experience. By their junior or senior year, they should have the knowledge and experience to undertake more challenging projects. At this stage, during the fall and spring semesters, students can earn academic credit for research efforts under AOSC 499. However this is limited to no more than three credits.

    Research and Internship Opportunities (Required Capstone Project) All undergraduate AOSC majors are required to complete an original capstone research project or internship. In addition to working with our faculty, a great many research and internship opportunities also exist ourside the department. This page offers a partial list of possible opportunities. Students are encouraged to seek out their own opportunities and start building these relationships early in their undergraduate careers.

    Biology/Biological Sciences (BSCI)

    Major Requirements and Four-Year Plans, Undergraduate Programs in Biological Sciences Summarizes the requirements for the following tracks: General Biology (GENB), Cell Biology & Genetics (CEBG), Ecology & Evolution (ECEV), Microbiology (MICB), and Individualized Studies (BIVS).

    American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship (ASM-URF) The ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) is aimed at highly competitive students who wish to pursue graduate careers (Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D) in microbiology. Students will have the opportunity to conduct full time research at their home institutions with an ASM member and present research results at the ASM General Meeting the following year. Students will conduct a research project for a minimum of 10 weeks beginning in the summer of 2015, work with faculty mentors who are ASM members and who are employed at the students home institutions, and submit a research abstract for presentation at the ASM 2016 General Meeting. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents enrolled full-time for 2015-16 academic year at an accredited U.S. institution. Applying students must be involved in a research project and have an ASM member at their home institutions willing to serve as a mentor.

    Successful applicants receive up to $4000 for student stipend, two-year ASM student membership, and up to $1000 in travel support for students to present the results of the research project at the asm2016 General Meeting. Travel funds are contingent upon acceptance of an abstract for the General Meeting. Deadline for application is February 1.

    Institute for Systems Research (ISR) The Physics Department's Institute for Systems Research offers paid Undergraduate Research Assistantships (see section at bottom of page). Opportunities are open for students majoring in such fields as Engineering, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Mathematics, Biology, and Business (Decision, Operation and Information Technologies and Logistics, Business and Public Policy). Students may work up to 20 hours per week during the semester and 40 hours per week over the summer. Interested students should contact ISR faculty members directly to inquire if there are openings and/or funding for URA appointments.

    University of Maryland Scholars Summer Research Program (Biomedical Research at UMD's School of Medicine in Baltimore) Description: The University of Maryland Scholars Summer Research Program builds on the strengths of two great institutions by enabling outstanding University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) undergraduates to become engaged in summer research projects led by top faculty in the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). The program provides participating students with in-depth involvement in significant research and professional mentorship in challenging settings. The program also introduces highly talented UMCP undergraduates to the MD degree program, the vast array of graduate degree programs, and the MD/PhD and MD/MS degree opportunities at UMB.
    Location: University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
    Fields: Majoring in any science, engineering, or mathematics field.
    Eligibility: Open to UMCP students currently in their second or third year of studies (Sophomore or Junior). Minimum GPA of 3.5.
    Deadline: Early February

    Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) Internships The JIFSAN internship program allows undergraduate students at the University of Maryland, College Park to participate in research at FDA facilities, including the Harvey Wiley Building in College Park and the MOD1 & MOD11 facilities on Muirkirk Road in Laurel, MD. Internships require a time commitment of 8-10 hours/week during the semester and 30 hours/week during winterterm and summer. After 100 hours as an unpaid intern, JIFSAN interns become eligible to compete for a paid internship for subsequent semesters. The JIFSAN program's website has a searchable database of available opportunities. Areas of research include: Chemistry, Communications, Microbiology, Molecular genetics, Nutritional Sciences, Public Health, and Risk assessment (modeling and statistics).

    Research and Internships Introduction Detailed information and links for BSCI undergraduates on finding research opportunities and funding on- and off-campus. Includes forms and information sheets on research for credit and internships.

    Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics (CBMG)

    American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship (ASM-URF) The ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) is aimed at highly competitive students who wish to pursue graduate careers (Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D) in microbiology. Students will have the opportunity to conduct full time research at their home institutions with an ASM member and present research results at the ASM General Meeting the following year. Students will conduct a research project for a minimum of 10 weeks beginning in the summer of 2015, work with faculty mentors who are ASM members and who are employed at the students home institutions, and submit a research abstract for presentation at the ASM 2016 General Meeting. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents enrolled full-time for 2015-16 academic year at an accredited U.S. institution. Applying students must be involved in a research project and have an ASM member at their home institutions willing to serve as a mentor.

    Successful applicants receive up to $4000 for student stipend, two-year ASM student membership, and up to $1000 in travel support for students to present the results of the research project at the asm2016 General Meeting. Travel funds are contingent upon acceptance of an abstract for the General Meeting. Deadline for application is February 1.

    Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics Undergraduate Research page and Undergraduate Program-Research Experience Information for undergraduate students on finding opportunities for research in faculty labs.

    Institute for Systems Research (ISR) The Physics Department's Institute for Systems Research offers paid Undergraduate Research Assistantships (see section at bottom of page). Opportunities are open for students majoring in such fields as Engineering, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Mathematics, Biology, and Business (Decision, Operation and Information Technologies and Logistics, Business and Public Policy). Students may work up to 20 hours per week during the semester and 40 hours per week over the summer. Interested students should contact ISR faculty members directly to inquire if there are openings and/or funding for URA appointments.

    University of Maryland Scholars Summer Research Program (Biomedical Research at UMD's School of Medicine in Baltimore) Description: The University of Maryland Scholars Summer Research Program builds on the strengths of two great institutions by enabling outstanding University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) undergraduates to become engaged in summer research projects led by top faculty in the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). The program provides participating students with in-depth involvement in significant research and professional mentorship in challenging settings. The program also introduces highly talented UMCP undergraduates to the MD degree program, the vast array of graduate degree programs, and the MD/PhD and MD/MS degree opportunities at UMB.
    Location: University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
    Fields: Majoring in any science, engineering, or mathematics field.
    Eligibility: Open to UMCP students currently in their second or third year of studies (Sophomore or Junior). Minimum GPA of 3.5.
    Deadline: Early February

    Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) Internships The JIFSAN internship program allows undergraduate students at the University of Maryland, College Park to participate in research at FDA facilities, including the Harvey Wiley Building in College Park and the MOD1 & MOD11 facilities on Muirkirk Road in Laurel, MD. Internships require a time commitment of 8-10 hours/week during the semester and 30 hours/week during winterterm and summer. After 100 hours as an unpaid intern, JIFSAN interns become eligible to compete for a paid internship for subsequent semesters. The JIFSAN program's website has a searchable database of available opportunities. Areas of research include: Chemistry, Communications, Microbiology, Molecular genetics, Nutritional Sciences, Public Health, and Risk assessment (modeling and statistics).

    Research and Internships Introduction (Biological Sciences) Detailed information and links for BSCI undergraduates on finding research opportunities and funding on- and off-campus. Includes forms and information sheets on research for credit and internships.

    Chemistry and Biochemistry (BCHM/CHEM)

    Isotope Geochemistry Laboratory There are a variety of opportunities for undergraduate students in Geology, Chemistry, and Physics to participate in research with members of the IGL . These include the possibility of work on samples from Earth's mantle and crust, and extraterrestrial materials. Interested students are encouraged to visit our website.

    Plasma Mass Spectrometry Laboratory Geology undergraduates and others with background in chemistry and/or physics are invited to participate in research with members of the Plasma Lab. Research opportunities include hands on experience in chemical and/or isotopic analyses and data processing. Please visit our website for more information.

    Research Opportunities for Undergraduates in Chemistry and Biochemistry Getting involved in a research project while an undergraduate is an outstanding way to experience the process and rewards of doing science. For many undergraduates, their undergraduate research work is the single most rewarding experience of their entire undergraduate career. Undergraduate research experience is particularly valuable for any chemisty or biochemistry major, including those students who aspire to careers in scientific research, medicine and other science-based professions.

    There are links at the bottom of the page to opportunities for summer research and the application deadlines for these programs.

    Computer Science (CMSC)

    Combinatorial Algorithms Applied Research (CAAR) Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Combinatorial Algorithms Applied Research (CAAR) is a 10 week NSF funded research program designed to bridge the disconnect between the core algorithms community and research communities in other disciplines within Computer Science. It is an REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program that aims to expose undergraduate students to applied research projects that need the design of new algorithms. All undergraduate students who have a basic understanding of Algorithms, Discrete Mathematics, and Computer Programming are encouraged to apply. $5,000 stipend, campus housing, and $300 for food. Applications due January 20. 2015.

    Institute for Systems Research (ISR) The Physics Department's Institute for Systems Research offers paid Undergraduate Research Assistantships (see section at bottom of page). Opportunities are open for students majoring in such fields as Engineering, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Mathematics, Biology, and Business (Decision, Operation and Information Technologies and Logistics, Business and Public Policy). Students may work up to 20 hours per week during the semester and 40 hours per week over the summer. Interested students should contact ISR faculty members directly to inquire if there are openings and/or funding for URA appointments.

    Research Projects in UMIACS Links to current faculty research projects in UMIACS, the UMIACS-University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies

    Research with Professorial Faculty (CMSC499A) The Department of Computer Science encourages all of its students to engage in research; ideally, this type of project should epitomize the mission of the undergraduate major. In order to promote student interest and activity in research areas of the field, the department offers students the ability to complete a research project for credit by taking CMSC 499. A student may engage in research by either serving as an assistant to an ongoing project that has been initiated by a faculty member, or he or she may initiate his or her own research project with a faculty sponsor. You may also download the Application for Independent Undergraduate Research form

    Entomology (ENTM)

    (Department is part of CMNS, but has close connections to AGNR.)

    The Cory Scholarship The Cory Scholarship fund provides up to $1,000 towards tuition remission for two undergraduate students each semester who have creatively contributed to department research and/or extension efforts. The scholarship was established by friends and family of Ernest N. Cory, who served as head of the Department of Entomology and Zoology from 1914-1956.

    Research Opportunities Chart shows which ENTM faculty members are currently recruiting students, and whether they are seeking undergraduates, graduate students, or both.

    Geology (GEOL)

    Isotope Geochemistry Laboratory There are a variety of opportunities for undergraduate students in Geology, Chemistry, and Physics to participate in research with members of the IGL . These include the possibility of work on samples from Earth's mantle and crust, and extraterrestrial materials. Interested students are encouraged to visit our website.

    Laboratory for Mineral Deposits Research (Geology, Physics) Our aim in the Laboratory for Mineral Deposits Research (LMDR) is to apply fundamental chemistry and physics to problems in economic geology, igneous petrology, and industrial mineralogy. For information about high school, undergraduate, and graduate research opportunities and internships, please check out this website.

    Plasma Mass Spectrometry Laboratory Geology undergraduates and others with background in chemistry and/or physics are invited to participate in research with members of the Plasma Lab. Research opportunities include hands on experience in chemical and/or isotopic analyses and data processing. Please visit our website for more information.

    Research Opportunities for High School Students and Undergraduates Lists undergraduate research opportunities in Geology by lab/center.

    Mathematics (MATH)

    Daniel Sweet Undergraduate Research Fellowship at the Norbert Wiener Center, Department of Mathematics Each Fall semester, beginning in 2007, the Daniel Sweet Undergraduate Research Fellowship at the Norbert Wiener Center is given to an undergraduate student in the Department of Mathematics. Fellowship award winners receive a stipend of $2500 for the semester, and participate in an advanced research project with a member of the faculty associated with the Center. See the list of faculty on our directory page.

    Directed Reading Program, Department of Mathematics The Directed Reading Program (DRP) pairs undergraduate students with graduate student mentors for semester-long independent study projects.

    Experimental Geometry Lab, Department of Mathematics The Experimental Geometry Lab promotes research and education by developing software tools (primarily in Mathematica) that allow individuals to explore and illustrate concepts in hyperbolic geometry. These tools enable researchers, instructors, and students to quickly create interactive demonstrations and explorations. Every year, EGL team members develop new interactive projects on a variety of topics.

    Institute for Systems Research (ISR) The Physics Department's Institute for Systems Research offers paid Undergraduate Research Assistantships (see section at bottom of page). Opportunities are open for students majoring in such fields as Engineering, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Mathematics, Biology, and Business (Decision, Operation and Information Technologies and Logistics, Business and Public Policy). Students may work up to 20 hours per week during the semester and 40 hours per week over the summer. Interested students should contact ISR faculty members directly to inquire if there are openings and/or funding for URA appointments.

    MAPS-REU Program The MAPS Research Experience for Undergraduates is an eight-week summer program in which undergraduates investigate open research problems in mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics. MAPS is sponsored by a National Science Foundation grant for Research Experience for Undergraduates and the Department of Mathematics at the University of Maryland, College Park. This program is funded by the National Science Foundation and is open only to US citizens or permanent residents who are current students (current seniors are not eligible) majoring in either mathematics or engineering at any US college or university. Students will receive a stipend of $4,000, housing in dorms on campus, and reimbursement of some travel expenses. Deadline February 27, 2015.

    Opportunities for Undergraduates in Mathematics and Research Opportunities for Undergraduates Includes links to research programs and opportunities for Mathematics undergraduates with university faculty and off-campus.

    RITS (Research Interaction Teams) and Student Seminars RITs ("Research Interaction Teams") are informal groups designed to foster interaction between faculty, students, and postdocs, and to get students interested in current research. Most of them meet as informal seminars with active student participation (and in many cases, student organization as well). In addition to the RITs, there are several student seminars which are run by students for students.

    (SPIRAL) (Mathematics) The Math SPIRAL summer program in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Maryland in College Park is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Security Agency (NSA). Working with a group of affiliated minority serving colleges and universities, we bring gifted rising sophomores and rising juniors to the College Park campus for a six-week intensive program to help prepare them for graduate study and active careers in the mathematical sciences.

    Physics (PHYS)

    Institute for Physical Sciences and Technology (IPST) (Physics) The Institute for Physical Science and Technology's primary focus is research in interdisciplinary areas that fall outside the boundaries of traditional academic departments. IPST offers a variety of research projects that welcome undergradute participation. Interested students are encouraged to make direct contact with sponsoring faculty.

    Institute for Systems Research (ISR) The Physics Department's Institute for Systems Research offers paid Undergraduate Research Assistantships (see section at bottom of page). Opportunities are open for students majoring in such fields as Engineering, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Mathematics, Biology, and Business (Decision, Operation and Information Technologies and Logistics, Business and Public Policy). Students may work up to 20 hours per week during the semester and 40 hours per week over the summer. Interested students should contact ISR faculty members directly to inquire if there are openings and/or funding for URA appointments.

    Isotope Geochemistry Laboratory There are a variety of opportunities for undergraduate students in Geology, Chemistry, and Physics to participate in research with members of the IGL . These include the possibility of work on samples from Earth's mantle and crust, and extraterrestrial materials. Interested students are encouraged to visit our website.

    Physics Frontier Center and Joint Quantum Institute
    Both centers offer summer research opportunities for undergraduates and high school students.

    Maryland Center for Fundamental Physics MCFP has a chart of faculty members and their research interests and whether they offer undergraduate research opportunities.

    Physics Research Opportunities This link contains a listing of physics professors and information about possible undergraduate research opportunities they may offer. This list is not exhaustive; please contact physics professors not listed to discuss their field of research an possible opportunities for undergraduates.

    Plasma Mass Spectrometry Laboratory Geology undergraduates and others with background in chemistry and/or physics are invited to participate in research with members of the Plasma Lab. Research opportunities include hands on experience in chemical and/or isotopic analyses and data processing. Please visit our website for more information.

    Training and Research Experiences in Nonlinear Dynamics (TREND) (Physics) The University of Maryland's Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics, with support from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense, offers research opportunities for undergraduate students in the broad area of nonlinear dynamics. Students from a variety of universities and backgrounds typically work in teams of two or three for 11 weeks during the summer and are supervised jointly by faculty members and graduate students. Research projects will be theoretical, experimental, or both. Examples of research topics are: theoretical studies of chaos in time and space, experimental studies of patterns in granular media, the development of singularities in fluids and solids, nonlinear dynamics in optical systems, nonlinear dynamics in charged particle beams and devices, and turbulence and nonlinear phenomena in plasmas.

    TREND students receive up to $5,400 for the 10-week period. This includes a $4,800 stipend for their work in the summer, as well as $600 for incidental daily expenses. On-campus room and board in designated UMCP-owned and operated facilities is provided (if the student resides outside the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area). Married student housing is not available. Deadline for application is March 1, 2015.

    Departmental Honors Programs and Research for Course Credit

    Astronomy

    • Astronomy Honors Program (see description of Honors Program at bottom of page)
    • ASTR 498 - Special Problems in Astronomy

    Atmospheric and Oceanic Science

    Biology

    • Biology Honors Program
    • BSCI maintains a page with information on academic credit for research and forms
    • BSCI 289 Off-Campus Research Internship
    • BSCI 348R (microbiology majors or microbiology internships)
    • BSCI 378H Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics Department Honors Seminar
    • BSCI 379G Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics Department Research; Research in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
    • BSCI 379H Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics Department Honors Research
    • BSCI 379M Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics Department Research; Research in Microbiology
    • BSCI 379P Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics Department Research; Research in Plant Biology
    • BSCI 389 Entomology Department Research
    • BSCI 389H Entomology Department Honors Research
    • BSCI 398H Honors Seminar
    • BSCI 399 Biology Department Research
    • BSCI 399H Biology Department Honors Research

    Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics

    • Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics Honors Program
    • CBMG maintains a page on undergraduate research for credit. BSCI also maintains a page with information on academic credit for research and forms
    • BSCI 289 Off-Campus Research Internship
    • BSCI 348R (microbiology majors or microbiology internships)
    • BSCI 378H Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics Department Honors Seminar
    • BSCI 379G Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics Department Research; Research in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
    • BSCI 379H Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics Department Honors Research
    • BSCI 379M Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics Department Research; Research in Microbiology
    • BSCI 379P Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics Department Research; Research in Plant Biology
    • BSCI 398H Honors Seminar
    • BSCI 399 Biology Department Research
    • BSCI 399H Biology Department Honors Research

    Chemistry and Biochemistry

    Computer Science

    Entomology

    Geology

    Mathematics

    • Mathematics Honors Program
    • MATH 398 Honors Thesis Proposal and Research
    • MATH 489 Research Interactions in Mathematics
    • MATH 498 Selected Topics in Mathematics/Honors Thesis

    Physics

    • Physics Honors Program
    • PHYS 389 Undergraduate Thesis Research
    • PHYS 398 Independent Studies Seminar
    • PHYS 399 Special Problems in Physics (Research)
    • PHYS 407 Undergraduate Experimental Research
    • PHYS 428 Physics Capstone Research
    • PHYS 499 A & B Special Problems in Physics (Independent Study)

  • College of Education

    College of Education
    3119 Benjamin Building
    (301) 405-2334
    http://www.education.umd.edu/

    Research in EDUC

    Research Centers and Institutes in EDUC

    Faculty in EDUC

    College-Wide Research Opportunities

    Departmental Research Opportunities

    Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education(CHSE)

    Undergraduate Programs in CHSE:

    Human Development and Quantitative Methodology (HDQM)

    Child Development Laboratory Research at the Child Development Laboratory focuses on multiple facets of socio-emotional development during infancy and the preschool years. Researchers study cognitive and emotional development in infants and young children and are interested in the observation and measurement of emotion expression, experience and emotion regulation. The Child Development Laboratory specializes in developmental psychophysiology including the measurement of brain electrical activity (EEG).

    Early Childhood Interaction Lab Our undergraduate research assistants are a highly valued part of our research team. Undergraduate RA's in our lab have opportunities to experience all aspects of the research process, from collecting data to analyzing and presenting our findings. We welcome students with a variety of majors such as Psychology, Family Studies, Education, and Biology. Students can work in the lab for research credits in Human Development or Psychology.

    Family Involvement Laboratory Undergraduate Research Assistants have a very important role in our research. They are needed to assist in many aspects of data collection and analysis. Undergraduates are exposed to research methodology, as well as the logistics of running a study. They become familiar with the administration of a protocol and become accustomed to a research setting. If you are interested in working for research credit in the Family Involvement Laboratory, please email Jlmalin@umd.edu, and a graduate student will set up an interview with you regarding your interests and to explain our projects. Students can receive independent credit by taking 2 or 3 credits of EDHD 498. Permission of the Instructor is required.

    Laboratory for the Study of Child and Family Relationships (LSCFR) The Laboratory for the Study of Child and Family Relationships (LSCFR) is located within the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland – College Park. The LSCFR was established in 1995 by Dr. Kenneth H. Rubin. The primary goal of the LSCFR is to advance our understanding of child and adolescent social and emotional development. We are particularly interested in vulnerability and resilience among children at-risk for maladaptive psychosocial outcomes.

    Language Development & Parenting Lab The Language Development and Parenting Laboratory is led by Dr. Meredith Rowe and is part of the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland, College Park. We are proud to be a part of the largest and most integrated language science community in North America.

    Maryland Neuroimaging Center The Maryland Neuroimaging Center (MNC) is the home for neuroimaging research at the University of Maryland. Housed in a spacious new facility in the Gudelsky Building, adjacent to the main College Park campus, the center has been designed to foster collaboration among neuroscientists, psychologists, cognitive scientists, engineers, and physicists. A special focus of the center is on understanding mechanisms of brain development and neural plasticity in typical and atypical populations, and in understanding the neural mechanisms underlying expert abilities that serve critical national priorities. The MNC is an initiative of the university's interdepartmental Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) Program, and is available to researchers from the University of Maryland and other regional centers. Contact Sandy Collier at collier@umd.edu for available undergraduate research opportunies.

    Motivation in Education Research Group (MERG) We are led by Dr. Allan Wigfield and located within the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Our research focuses on achievement motivation of students at all ages.

    Social and Moral Development Laboratory The Social and Moral Development Laboratory is housed in the Department of Human Development, University of Maryland, College Park, and its research focuses on how children, adolescents, and young adults evaluate social and moral issues in everyday life. Post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate students collaborate on a range of projects. Students study developmental theory, research methodology, conduct data analysis, read the current research literature, and communicate the findings through presentations and publications. The general topics investigated in the Social and Moral Development Laboratory include developmental social cognition, moral reasoning, intergroup attitudes and relationships, explicit judgments and implicit biases, stereotyping, and the role of culture on social development.

    Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL)

    TLPL offers undergraduate professional education programs for primary and secondary education. See the Undergraduate Options for Teacher Certification for specific information about undergraduate majors and concentrations.

    Research Centers in TLPL (contact individual centers to see if they have research opportunities for undergraduates):

    Center for Education Policy and Leadership The Center for Education Policy and Leadership (CEPAL) aims to foster connections between the research and practice of urban education policy and leadership in public elementary schools, secondary schools, and institutions of higher education in the United States. Our focus stems in part from two main assumptions: deep ties to practice are essential to the generation of useable research; and practice can be enhanced with strong connections to research. CEPAL’s research projects engage a range of partners across the country from schools and community-based youth organizations to local and state governments and federal agencies. A major strand of CEPAL’s work involves the dissemination of timely research findings in a variety of formats to school and school district leaders, and policymakers in Maryland and Washington DC, and to audiences nationwide.

    Center for Mathematics Education For nearly forty years the mathematics education program at University of Maryland, College Park has been a nationally prominent center for research and development, teaching, and service addressing improvement of school and college mathematics programs. The level of activity and influence of our program in the Center for Mathematics Education has never been higher than at this critical time of reform in school mathematics.

    Center for Science and Technology in Education (CSTE) The Center for Science and Technology in Education is in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership in the University of Maryland College of Education. Our mission is to advance knowledge and understanding in science education and educational learning technologies for researchers and other constituencies and to develop educational leaders who will inform policy, improve practice, and address pressing social concerns with innovations in science education and educational technology.

    Center for Literacy, Language and Culture (CLLC) The Center for Literacy, Language, and Culture (CLLC) is a new, thriving structure within the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. In a dramatic and highly useful way, CLLC supplements rather than supplants existing programs English/Language Arts, Reading, and Second Language Education and Culture. The Center promotes academic collaboration across established "disciplinary boundaries" in ways that have recently emerged in scholarship and professional practice. CLLC focuses comprehensively and in a formalized fashion on the themes of culture, literacy, language, and schooling, especially in urban settings.

    Center for Chinese Language Teacher Certification and Development (CCLTCD) In order to teach Chinese in elementary and secondary public schools in the State of Maryland, teachers must be certified by the State. One of the Center’s goals is to increase the number of certified Chinese language teachers in Maryland and the U.S. In collaboration with the World Language Education program, the Center works to stimulate interest in the options available to become a Chinese language teacher. Students with a variety of backgrounds can find a program that enables them to reach this goal.
    Undergraduates can choose to graduate with a certification for teaching Chinese or can enroll in a five-year program leading to a master’s degree with this certification.

    College Honors Programs and Research for Course Credit

    College of Education

    • Undergraduate Studies Student Services Office (contact for information on undergraduate degree programs and honors
    • EDCI 498 Special Problems in Teacher Education
    • EDCP 498 Special Problems in Counseling and Personnel Services
    • EDHD 319 Special Topics in Human Development
    • EDHD 444: Action Research in EC/ECSE
    • EDHD 437: EC/ECSE Teachers as Researchers and Reflective Practitioners
    • EDHD 498 Special Problems in Education
    • EDHI 498 Special Problems in Education
    • EDPS 498 Special Problems in Education
    • EDSP 498 Special Problems in Special Education
    • EDUC 498 Selected Topics in Education
    • EDUC 499H Honors Thesis

  • School of Information Studies

    School of Information Studies
    4105 Hornbake Building, South Wing
    College Park, MD
    301-405-2038
    http://ischool.umd.edu/

    Research in INST

    Research Centers in INST

    Faculty in INST

    College-Wide Research Opportunities

    College Honors Programs and Research for Course Credit

  • School of Public Health

    School of Public Health
    2242 Valley Drive
    College Park, Maryland 20742-2611
    (301) 405-2438
    http://sph.umd.edu/

    Research in SPHL

    Research Centers and Laboratories in SPHL

    Faculty in SPHL

    College-Wide Research Opportunities

    Aging, Diversity and Professional Development (ADAPT) Program The University of Maryland School of Public Health Aging Diversity and Professional Development (UM ADAPT) program provides underrepresented or disadvantaged University of Maryland College Park undergraduates with two years of research, ethics, and career development training. To be eligible for this program you must be an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland College Park. If you are from any other institution you may be eligible for our otherwise very similar UM STAR Program. Application instructions are available online.

    Community Partnerships Grounded in the philosophy that health starts where we live, learn, work and play, the University of Maryland School of Public Health partners with communities and applies research to promote health, advance health equity and create policies that will enhance health across the lifespan. Many of our ongoing community partnerships provide an opportunity for students to gain experience in research and service with diverse populations. Explore some of our many community partnerships here.

    Find-an-Expert Find faculty members in the School of Public Health doing research on these topics.

    Recent Research Grants Database of research grants received by SPHL faculty in the past twelve months.

    School of Public Health Summer Training and Research (UM STAR) The University of Maryland School of Public Health Summer Training and Research (STAR) program is designed to provide traditionally under-represented and disadvantaged undergraduate students with two consecutive summers of a 10-week research training and career development program to enhance their potential to apply for and complete PhD degrees in biomedical and behavioral science relevant to preventing and treating cardiovascular disease. To be eligible for this program you can be an undergraduate student at any university or you can be from the University of Maryland College Park. The deadline to complete the online application is Tuesday, February 10, 2015.

    University of Maryland Scholars Summer Research Program (Biomedical Research at UMD's School of Medicine in Baltimore) The University of Maryland Scholars Summer Research Program builds on the strengths of two great institutions by enabling outstanding University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) undergraduates to become engaged in summer research projects led by top faculty in the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). The program provides participating students with in-depth involvement in significant research and professional mentorship in challenging settings. The program also introduces highly talented UMCP undergraduates to the MD degree program, the vast array of graduate degree programs, and the MD/PhD and MD/MS degree opportunities at UMB.
    Location: University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
    Fields: Majoring in any science, engineering, or mathematics field.
    Eligibility: Open to UMCP students currently in their second or third year of studies (Sophomore or Junior). Minimum GPA of 3.5.
    Deadline: Early February

    Departmental Research Opportunities

    Behavioral and Community Health (BCH)

    Center for Health Behavior Research The Center for Health Behavior Research (CHBR) is located in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, room 1242. The Center contributes to the departmental vision of applying the science, theory and practice of public health towards the enhancement of the population health status. It fosters a team of investigators crossing disciplinary boundaries (genetics, exposure assessment, neuro-cognitive science, drug dependence, health behavior, epidemiology, medicine and pharmacology) to solve complex public health problems.

    The Center on Young Adult Health and Development (CYAHD) The Center on Young Adult Health and Development (CYAHD) was established in 2009 at the School of Public Health on the College Park campus of the University of Maryland and is the first such center in the United States specifically dedicated to understanding the health and development of young adults. Young adulthood is a neglected developmental period in the health sciences, relative to childhood, adolescence and older adulthood. This disparity is unfortunate because several important health issues affect young adults disproportionately. For instance, many health risk behaviors are more prevalent in young adulthood than in any other developmental period. Also, several chronic health conditions--including substance use disorders, depression, and obesity—have their onset during the transition from adolescence to young adulthood.

    CHAMP, Community Health Awareness, Messages, & Prevention CHAMP, Community Health Awareness, Messages, & Prevention, is a team of community-based projects that aim to increase cancer early detection in and around Prince George's County, Maryland. We are based in the University of Maryland School of Public Health, and work with community partners. We use a community based participatory research approach. We work mainly with the faith-based community, building local capacity, to encourage early detection of breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer screening. Our work is supported by agencies such as the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Undergraduate research assistants work on some of CHAMP's projects.

    Independent Study Independent Study is a wonderful opportunity for Community Health majors to get exposure to the community health/public health field outside of the classroom. In the Department of Behavioral and Community Health (BCH), there are two main types of Independent Study experiences: 1) Undergraduate students work with a Department of Behavioral and Community Health faculty member on research or special projects that are based out of the department orSchool of Public Health. 2) Undergraduate students do community health related work via volunteer or internship opportunity (secured on your own) and report back to a Department of Behavioral and Community Health faculty sponsor.

    Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science The University of Maryland Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (UMD TCORS), funded by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is focused on the study of a wide range of tobacco products and their impact on public health. The UMD TCORS is one of 14 centers nationwide that are providing the critical science base needed for the FDA to effectively regulate tobacco and protect public health. The UMD-led team, which includes experts in epidemiology, behavioral health, biostatistics, microbiology, toxicology, computer science and genomics, is led by Dr. Pamela I. Clark, and focused on testing new and modified tobacco products using innovative approaches that examine health risks from the molecular to the whole human level. For more information, please visit www.tcors.umd.edu.

    Seat Pleasant Partnership The City of Seat Pleasant (Maryland) and the Department of Behavioral and Community Health at the University of Maryland formed a Health Partnership in 1999. Since then, other units at the University of Maryland have joined the Health Partnership. This partnership’s goal is to improve the health of Seat Pleasant residents, and to enhance learning and research for students and faculty of the University of Maryland. These goals will be achieved by students and faculty providing health education services to Seat Pleasant residents that might not otherwise be available. At the same time, students and faculty will learn from Seat Pleasant residents and will integrate and apply components of the health education curriculum at the community level.

    Epidemiology and Biostatistics (EPIB)

    Note: Although undergraduates may do research in Epidemiology and Biostatics, there are no undergraduate degree programs in the department.

    Family Science (FMSC)

    Black Families Research Group The mission of the Black Families Research group is to conduct high quality research on African American families and disseminate research findings to scholarly, policy, and lay outlets. We train undergraduate students in the use of culturally relevant research methods, expose students to research activities that will be relevant to and enhance competitiveness for graduate school, and teach them how to be critical consumers of research on ethnic minority families.

    Current Research Grants Family Science A database of current research grants held by memebers of the Family Science faculty.

    Family Science Undergraduate Research Assistant Program The Department has an active Undergraduate Research Assistant Program, which enables students to learn from and work with world-class scholars on family issues. Family Science undergraduates volunteer to assist Department faculty with their ongoing research projects.

    Maryland Veterans Resilience Initiative The Maryland Veterans Resilience Initiative is a partnership between the University of Maryland School of Public Health and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene that aims to strengthen behavioral health services and peer support for Maryland's service members, veterans, and their family members.

    National Institutes and Centers Family Science students have unparalleled opportunities to work at major national organizations and institutes that address family issues in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Northern Virginia. Undergraduate and graduate students complete internships, attend professional meetings, and obtain summer employment at these agencies.

    Undergraduate and Graduate Internships in Family Policy Internships (mostly in Washington, DC) for undergraduate and graduate students interested in family policy.

    Undergraduate Research and Honors The Department's Honors Program offers academically talented students a more advanced and challenging educational experience related to the study of families. The program provides opportunities for involvement in scholarly independent study, intensive interaction with faculty, and examination of a range of family topics in greater depth than is possible in the normal program of study. Students enroll in special Honors courses, Honors option work in regular courses, and independent research. The program culminates with the presentation of a Senior Honors thesis. Students are recognized at graduation for their superior achievement in Family Science.

    University of Maryland Extension Outreach The Maryland Extension faculty in Family Science specialize in the following areas: Family Health Literacy & Policy (Bonnie Braun), Food Security & Nutrition Education (Stephanie Grutzmacher), Family Finance (Jinhee Kim), and Healthy Homes & Global Health (Elisabeth Maring.)Both undergraduate and graduate Family Science students have opportunities to collaborate with our Maryland Extension faculty on research and community outreach projects.

    Health Services Administration (HLSA)

    This department does not have an undergraduate degree program.

    Kinesiology (KNES)

    Current Research Grants - KNES Database of current grants held by faculty members in the Department of Kinesiology.

    Resources for Undergraduates Includes information on how to subscribe to the department's listserv.

    Public Health Science Undergraduate Major (PHSC)

    (also offered at Shady Grove campus)

    Aging, Diversity and Professional Development (ADAPT) Program The University of Maryland School of Public Health Aging Diversity and Professional Development (UM ADAPT) program provides underrepresented or disadvantaged University of Maryland College Park undergraduates with two years of research, ethics, and career development training. To be eligible for this program you must be an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland College Park. If you are from any other institution you may be eligible for our otherwise very similar UM STAR Program. Application instructions are available online.

    Community Partnerships Grounded in the philosophy that health starts where we live, learn, work and play, the University of Maryland School of Public Health partners with communities and applies research to promote health, advance health equity and create policies that will enhance health across the lifespan. Many of our ongoing community partnerships provide an opportunity for students to gain experience in research and service with diverse populations. Explore some of our many community partnerships here.

    School of Public Health Summer Training and Research (UM STAR) The University of Maryland School of Public Health Summer Training and Research (STAR) program is designed to provide traditionally under-represented and disadvantaged undergraduate students with two consecutive summers of a 10-week research training and career development program to enhance their potential to apply for and complete PhD degrees in biomedical and behavioral science relevant to preventing and treating cardiovascular disease. To be eligible for this program you can be an undergraduate student at any university or you can be from the University of Maryland College Park. The deadline to complete the online application is Tuesday, February 10, 2015.

    Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH/MIAH)

    This department does not offer an undergraduate degree program but does offer some undergraduate courses.

    Departmental Honors Programs and Research for Course Credit

    Behavioral and Community Health

    Epidemiology and Biostatistics

    • EPIB 399: Epidemiology and Biostatistics Independent Study

    Family Science

    Kinesiology

    Public Health Program

    • HLTH 489 - Field Laboratory Projects and Workshop

  • School of Public Policy

    School of Public Policy
    2101 Van Munching Hall
    College Park, MD 20742
    301-405-6330
    http://www.publicpolicy.umd.edu/

    Research and Centers in SPP

    Faculty in SPP

    Undergraduate Minor Programs

    Public Leadership Minor

    Sustainability Studies Minor

    College-Wide Research and Fellowship Opportunities

    Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program The prestigious Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program honors the legacy of Howard Peters “Pete” Rawlings and the work he did as a Maryland delegate. Participants in the Fellows program are provided multiple opportunities--both academic and experiential--to grow as ethical leaders and become champions for those whose voices may otherwise go unheard in the leadership and decision-making process. Maintaining a commitment to those historically underrepresented in leadership positions is central to the program.

    Research for Course Credit

    School of Public Policy

    • PUAF 388 Special Topics in Public Policy

  • Philip Merrill College of Journalism

    Philip Merrill College of Journalism (JOUR)
    1100 Knight Hall
    (301) 405-2438
    http://www.merrill.umd.edu/

    Faculty and Research in JOUR

    College-Wide Research Opportunities

    Independent Study Forms Information and forms on doing an independent study project

    Media, Self, and Society (College Park Scholars) With an ever-changing media landscape, we are constantly faced with questions of how new advancements in the industry will affect our daily lives. Whether it is the growth of social networking or the unceasing popularity of reality television, it is no doubt that media have an important presence in today’s society. Each entering class of approximately 75 media students will live and learn together, addressing these issues through a lively weekly colloquium and numerous hands-on learning opportunities.

    Research for Credit Opportunities, The International Center for Media and the Public Agenda The International Center for Media and the Public Agenda was established by the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland in summer of 2006. ICMPA aims to create on campus a central place for media and public policy teaching and research. ICMPA takes as its focus the study of global media and public policy; its projects investigate media’s roles and responsibilities in public consideration of political issues. ICMPA research and other projects extend the College of Journalism’s teaching and research mission. ICMPA is also affiliated with the School of Public Policy.

    Research for Course Credit

  • Office of Undergraduate Studies

    Office of Undergraduate Studies
    2110 Marie Mount Hall
    College Park, MD
    ugst@umd.edu
    301-405-9363
    http://www.ugst.umd.edu/

    Asian American Studies Program (Undergraduate Minor) (AAST)

    Research Opportunities in Asian American Studies

    Asian Pacific American (APA) Jobs and Internships This is a list of job and internships related to Asian American Studies, mostly located in Washington, DC. Some, but not all, are research-related.

    Global Studies Program (Undergraduate Minor)

    Research Opportunities in Global Studies

    Undergraduate Research - Center for International Development and Conflict Management From time to time CIDCM has opportunities for undergraduate students to assist faculty and staff by conducting research for their projects, grants, and publications.

    Individual Studies Program (Undergraduate Minor) (IVSP)

    Research Opportunities and Programs in Undergraduate Studies

    College Park Scholars College Park Scholars provides intellectual challenges and collegial support for engaged and academically talented freshmen and sophomores. Each program fosters a scholastic community where students first encounter University life. Once adjusted to campus, individual Scholars actively thrive in, and beyond, the University. Learning in Scholars is challenging in its interdisciplinary inquiry and rigorous in its focus on critical and integrative thinking. Practical experiences such as internships, research, community service and study abroad, emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of knowledge and promote the early development of professional competencies. The community among students, and between students and faculty, multiplies students’ learning and provides ongoing support to meet the challenges of their academic experiences at Maryland.

    Honors College The Honors College is home to Maryland’s highly acclaimed living-learning programs for students with exceptional academic talents. The Honors College welcomes students into a close-knit community of faculty and intellectually gifted undergraduates committed to acquiring a broad and balanced education. The Honors College features small classes taught by outstanding faculty who encourage discussion and foster innovative thinking. Each year, approximately 1000 undergraduates are welcomed into this highly selective program.

    First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE) The University of Maryland First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE) provides inquiry-based experiences and broad personal and academic mentorship for first-year students through participation in faculty-led innovation and research streams. Students earn degree credit while engaged with faculty and a peer cohort in the yearlong development of skill sets in authentic inquiry, critical thinking, innovation and experimental design, problem solving, leadership and scholarly communication. The program is designed to better unite the twin research and educational missions of the institution while driving gains in student persistence, retention, degree completion, academic accomplishment and acceptance into professional education programs.

    Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program Through AAP, the University of Maryland Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is designed to prepare students who are primarily from low-income, first generation and traditionally underrepresented groups to pursue doctoral studies. Full-time University sophomores (who will have at least 60 credit hours by the end of the spring semester), juniors, and seniors, who wish to pursue doctoral studies, enhance their skills to prepare for graduate study, participate in undergraduate research with faculty members, and meet overall program requirements are eligible to apply.

    Research for Credit in Undergraduate Studies Minor Programs

    • AAST 378 Experiential Learning
    • AAST 388 Independent Study

Maryland Center for Undergrauate Research at the Uniersity of Maryland

Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research
Phone: 301-314-6786  |  Email: ugresearch@umd.edu
1201 Marie Mount Hall, University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742