Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research
Students discussing research. Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research

MCUR Center Programs Overview

Maryland Student Researchers work one-on-one with faculty mentors for 4-6 hours per week. The program is open to students of all majors and disciplines who have an interest in research. While there are many opportunities for students in the sciences and technological areas, there are also opportunities available in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts.
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Senior Summer Scholars is a highly competitive program which provides approximately 25 outstanding students each year the opportunity to spend their summers working closely with faculty mentors on scholarly research or artistic projects. Senior Summer Scholars receive a $3,000 grant for the summer. Students who are awarded a Senior Summer Scholar grant earn a competitive edge when applying for graduate study, fellowships, and other awards. Many Scholars transform their research into an independent study or honors thesis during their senior year. Applications are due in March of each year, and students who will have senior status the following fall should apply.
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Undergraduate Research Day provides an opportunity for students to share their research with the campus community. Held in April each year, Undergraduate Research Day is a showcase of current research, scholarship, and artistic endeavors. Presentations, posters, and performances are open to the public, and over 450 students participated in 2009. Any work completed as part of a campus course, internship, or program is eligible for presentation.
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Each year, the Summer Seminar Series offers valuable advice on applying for graduate school, performing research ethically, featuring research experiences on a resume, presenting at conferences, and competing in national scholarship competitions. All students on-campus during the summer are invited to attend.
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