Maryland Center for Undergraduate Rresearch at the University of Maryland

Research in My Major

Below are links to help you locate research opportunities within given departments and programs at the university, as well as courses in which students can register to receive course credit for conducting research on campus. Be sure to see the tips on beginning your research experience before contacting a potential research mentor. Note that there is no university-mandated procedure or paperwork for beginning a research opportunity, though there may be departmental requirements, particularly if seeking a position for course credit.

Classics (CLAS)

Communication (COMM)

English (ENGL)

Film Studies Program (FILM)

History (HIST)

Linguistics (LING)

Philosophy (PHIL)

Women's Studies (WMST)

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

Philosophy

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-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.

  • 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

    Departmental Research Opportunities

    African-American Studies (AASP)

    Anthropology (ANTH)

    Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJS)

    Economics (ECON)

    Geographical Sciences (GEOG)

    Government and Politics (GVPT)

    Hearing and Speech Sciences (HESP)

    Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM)

    MPower Undergraduate Law Program (MLAW) (minor)

    Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program (minor) (NACS)

    Psychology (PSYC)

    Sociology (SOCY)

    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

    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.

    Institute for Systems Research (ISR) The Institute for Systems Research offers paid Undergraduate Research Assistantships . 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 (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.

    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 and encourages students of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds or researching diverse communities to apply. Participating academic departments include Anthropology, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Geography, Government & Politics, Hearing & Speech Sciences, Psychology, and 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

    Departmental Research Opportunities

    Accounting and Information Assurance (AIA) Department (BUAC)

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

    Finance (BUFN)

    Logistics, Business, and Public Policy (BULM)

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

    Marketing (BUMK)

    Business School Honors Programs and Research for Course Credit

    Robert H. Smith School of Business

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • 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

    Departmental Research Opportunities

    Astronomy (ASTR)

    Atmospheric and Oceanic Science (AOSC)

    Biology/Biological Sciences (BSCI)

    Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics (CBMG)

    Chemistry and Biochemistry (BCHM/CHEM)


    Computer Science (CMSC)

    Entomology (ENTM)

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


    Geology (GEOL)

  • College of Education

    College of Education
    3119 Benjamin Building
    (301) 405-2334

    http://www.education.umd.edu/
    Research Centers and Institutes in EDUC
    Faculty in EDUC

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    Departmental Research Opportunities

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    Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education(CHSE)

    >Undergraduate Programs in CHSE:

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    Human Development and Quantitative Methodology (HDQM)

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    Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL)

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    College Honors Programs and Research for Course Credit

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    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

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    College-Wide Research Opportunities

  • College of Information Studies

    >College of Information Studies
    4105 Hornbake Building, South Wing
    College Park, MD
    301-405-2038

    >https://ischool.umd.edu/
    >Research in INST
    >Research Centers in INST

    College-Wide Research Opportunities

    No known college-wide research opportunities in Information Studies are available at this time.

    College Honors Programs and Research for Course Credit

    No known honors programs or research opportunities for course credit are available in Information Studies at this time.

  • 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

    Departmental Research Opportunities

    Behavioral and Community Health (BCH)

    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

    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 application deadline is in February.

    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 rising Juniors and Seniors 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. The application deadline is early February.

  • 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

    Undergraduate Minor Programs

    Public Leadership Minor

    Sustainability Studies Minor


    Research for Course Credit

    School of Public Policy

    • PUAF 388 Special Topics in Public Policy


    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.

  • Philip Merrill College of Journalism

    Philip Merrill College of Journalism (JOUR)
    1100 Knight Hall
    (301) 405-2438

    http://www.merrill.umd.edu/

    Research for Course Credit

    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.

  • 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/

    Global Studies Program (Undergraduate Minor)

    Individual Studies Program (Undergraduate Minor) (IVSP)


    Departmental Honors Programs and Research for Course Credit

    Research for Credit in Undergraduate Studies Minor Programs

    • AAST 378 Experiential Learning
    • AAST 388 Independent Study


    College-Wide 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.

  • 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
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