Research in 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.

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

1104 Symons Hall
(301) 405-7761
http://agnr.umd.edu
Research @ AGNR
Research Centers in AGNR

 

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)

Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC)

Environmental Science and Policy Program (ENSP)

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

Environmental Science and Technology (ENST)

Nutrition and Food Science (NFSC)

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

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

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.

Career Resources for Students in Agriculture Postings of job and internship opportunities for AGNR students, some, but not all, related to research.

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 winter term 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).

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.

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 in early February.

School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

Architecture Building
(301) 405-8000
http://www.arch.umd.edu
Research in the School of Architecture

College-Wide Research Opportunities

None available

Departmental Research Opportunities

Architecture (ARCH)

Note: The other departments/programs in the School of Architecture (Historic PreservationReal 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


1102 Francis Scott Key Hall
(301) 405-2088
http://www.arhu.umd.edu
Research and Centers in ARHU

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

School of Music (MUSC)

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

Departmental Research Opportunities

American Studies (AMST)

Art (Studio)(ARTT)

Art History and Archaeology (ARTH)

Asian American Studies Program (Undergraduate Minor) (AAST) (hosted in the Office of Undergraduate Studies)

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

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

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


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)

Mathematics (MATH)

Physics (PHYS)

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

  • Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Honors Program (Information listed under Information for Current AOSC Majors)
  • AOSC 493 Senior Research Project I
  • AOSC 498 Senior Research Project II
  • AOSC 499 Special Problems in Atmospheric 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

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-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.

Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science 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.

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.

Research and Internship Opportunities Although this page mainly lists jobs and internship opportunities, there are occasionally research positions posted and many internships may have research elements.

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 winter term 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).

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 in February.

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 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 typically early February.

College of Education

3119 Benjamin Building
(301) 405-2334
http://www.education.umd.edu/
Research Centers and Institutes in EDUC
Faculty in EDUC

Departmental Research Opportunities

Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (CHSE)

Undergraduate Programs in CHSE:

Human Development and Quantitative Methodology (HDQM)

Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL)

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

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 and Institutes

Departmental Research Opportunities

Aerospace Engineering (ENAE)

Bioengineering (BIOE)

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CHBE)

Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENCE)

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ENEE)

Fire Protection Engineering (ENFP)

Materials Science and Engineering (ENMA)

Mechanical Engineering (ENME)

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 Research 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-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 undergraduates a unique opportunity to venture beyond the classroom through collaboration with engineering faculty and staff on 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. 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.

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.

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. 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 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 in 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.

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.

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.

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)

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)

Health Services Administration (HLSA)

This department does not have an undergraduate degree program.

Kinesiology (KNES)

Public Health Science Undergraduate Major (PHSC)

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

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


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.

Office of Undergraduate Studies

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

Departmental Research Opportunities

Asian American Studies Program (Undergraduate Minor) (AAST)

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.

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