The Experiences in Molecular Biology Academic Research Careers (EMBARC)
Program at UMBC received its first three-year award in 2002. Now in its second three-year award, support
from the National Science Foundation has enabled the program to continue
under the successful co-directorship of Drs. Janice Zengel
and Lasse Lindahl. EMBARC offers a focused, comprehensive ten-week
residential summer research program to ten select undergraduates recruited
from two- and four-year colleges. Selected candidates must have completed at least 30 credit hours (sophomore status) and intend to pursue Ph.D. careers in science. EMBARC was developed to provide students with little or no research experience an opportunity to participate in a meaningful research experience concentrated on the structure and function of biological molecules.
This program, which is supported by the National Science Foundation
as one of its Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Sites, offers
a $4,500 per student summer stipend with paid campus housing, a $1150
food allowance, a travel allowance, and various program activities.
(NOTE: Student payments
and other benefits from participating in this program may have income
tax obligations. For more information, please consult a tax professional
and/or the IRS. Interested persons may also wish to review IRS
Publication 970, "Tax Benefits for Education.")
EMBARC Trainees are paired with faculty mentors who guide their individual
research projects focused on the Structure and Function
of Biological Molecules. Faculty mentors are drawn from three departments
at UMBC: (1) Biological Sciences; (2) Chemistry and Biochemistry; and (3) Chemical
and Biochemical Engineering.
EMBARC Trainees work closely with their faculty research mentors and hold
formal, weekly meetings to ensure the quality of the student experience.
In addition to conducting individual research projects, EMBARC Trainees
participate in a Summer Seminar Series to receive information regarding careers in scientific research, instruction in ethics,
and training for communication skill development related to scientific research.
Program outcomes include the creation of student portfolios as well as the presentation
of research projects at the annual UMBC Summer Research Fest held each August.
Parents, mentors and advisors from home institutions are invited to
the Summer Research Fest where student efforts are showcased and continued support for post program research activities
and the pursuit of careers in science is encouraged.