Maryland Summer Scholars


Requirements and Eligibility

Advice for Project Proposal

Frequently Asked Questions

Sample Projects

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Students who will have earned a minimum of 30 credits by the end of spring semester 2015 (typically those who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors during the 2014-2015 academic year), and who have a GPA of at least 3.4, are eligible to apply. Maryland Summer Scholars may conduct their summer research on the College Park campus or elsewhere in the U.S. or abroad as required by the nature of the project. Students whose projects require travel to off campus locations should submit a travel supplement request as requested in the online application form.

For the summer of 2014, the program provided scholarships of $3,000 to approximately 30 outstanding undergraduates. Please note that awards are subject to taxation as personal income, and awardees should plan accordingly; tax withholding may apply. Awardees are required to submit research reports at the end of the summer, and to present a poster at the Undergraduate Research Day event the following spring.

Maryland Summer Scholars gain a competitive edge when applying for graduate study, national scholarships, and other awards.  Many MSS awardees expand their research into an independent study or honors thesis during following fall semester.

The application deadline for Summer 2015 has passed. MCUR will be holding another application cycle next year for Summer 2016 and will advertise information sessions during Fall 2015.

Application requirements:
1. A completed online application form. (see "apply now" link in box to the right).
2. A student-written summer research proposal.(see "advice for project proposal" link in the box to the right)
3. An unofficial Maryland transcript (and an official transcript from any prior transfer institution).

Instructions: Please submit your unofficial University of Maryland transcript by email to There are two ways to do this:
  • Go to Click on "Unofficial Transcript." You'll be prompted to enter your UMD login and password. Print out the transcript, scan it as a PDF file, and email it.
  • In most web browsers you can create a PDF of the page by going to Print and in the print menu, change your destination printer to "Print to PDF" or "Adobe PDF." A PDF page will be generated which you can save to your computer and then attach to an email.
Send any official transcripts for any colleges/universities you attended prior to UMD to the following mailing address:

Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research
2100 Marie Mount Hall
University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, MD 20742


4. A letter of recommendation from a Maryland faculty member addressing the merit of the proposed summer research and the student¹s qualification to undertake that project, and a brief description of their plans for providing suitable mentoring/advising for the project. Please note: If an appropriate expert happens not to have a faculty position, but has a position of comparable expertise/responsibility at the University, that is acceptable. Please see the FAQ page if you are certain that an appropriate expert cannot be found at the University of Maryland.
5. A second letter of recommendation which may be from a secondary mentor/advisor for the summer research project or a general academic reference addressing the student¹s academic abilities and potential. Both recommendation letters should be emailed to

Instructions for submitting these items are available on the online application form.

**Please note ­ to begin your online application you will be required to login with your UMD directory ID and password. The online application system will only allow you to enter your information/proposal and to submit these during a single session, it is not possible to save your work for later completion. Before beginning your application be sure to review this screenshot of the entire application form, so you will have all the information necessary to complete and submit it during one session: Sample Application

Note:  If you will be otherwise compensated for this research, you are not eligible for this award.  By applying, you agree that the Maryland Summer Scholar fellowship will be your sole funding source for this research project.