Students who have performed undergraduate research in the department have presented at local and national meetings, and have been authors on research papers published articles in the top scientific journals.
How to go about finding a research
lab to work in
A recommended approach is to look at the research descriptions for each faculty on the chemistry web pages and select two or three faculty whose research you are interested in. Email the faculty members to arrange an appointment with them to talk about the possibility of doing research in their lab.
Undergraduate Research Conferences
Students have the opportunity to present their research at local and national conferences. There are two undergraduate conferences held at UMBC, the Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences, which is held in the Fall, and the Undergraduate Research Creative Achievement Day, which is held in the Spring.
Students of all years can apply can apply for the competitive Undergraduate Research Award. The student will work closely with a research mentor and will present their research at the Undergraduate Research Creative Achievement Day. The Undergraduate Research Awards provide up to $1,500 to undergraduate student recipients to support their work.
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
The prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship program is named for former Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, who was committed to encouraging Americans to pursue careers in science and mathematics. Goldwater Scholars receive 1-2 years of support for college expenses, up to $7,500 per year. Students in their junior or sophomore year are encouraged to apply.
BSURE summer research program at UMBC
The BSURE Program at UMBC is a summer research training program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County for talented undergraduates who are dedicated to the advancement of underrepresented groups in the sciences and mathematics. Each BSURE Trainee receives summer support totaling up to $4,165 to cover campus housing with the balance to be paid as a stipend. Additional support of $500 will be reimbursed to research mentors for laboratory supplies. Up to $1000 is available for travel expenses to approved scientific meetings.
The EMBARC summer research program
The Experiences in Molecular Biology Academic Research Careers (EMBARC) Program at UMBC is a focused, comprehensive ten-week residential summer research program to ten select undergraduates recruited from two and four year colleges. This program, which is supported by the National Science Foundation, offers a $3,800 per student summer stipend with paid campus housing, a $1125 food allowance, a travel allowance, and various program activities. EMBARC Trainees work closely with their faculty research mentors with formal, weekly meetings to ensure the quality of the student experience.
The Beckman Research Scholars Program
The Beckman Scholars Program at UMBC has provided and continues to provide a comprehensive plan for scientific research, ethics instruction, leadership skill development and career guidance and counseling. Each Beckman Scholar has his or her interests matched with those of a Beckman research mentor and then spend the next 15 months on an independent and meaningful research project in that mentor's laboratory at UMBC. Beckman Scholars received generous stipends totaling up to $14,600 per student for their research time and will benefit from additional support of $3,000 per student for laboratory supplies and their participation in scientific meetings.
MARC U*star Program at UMBC
The Minority Access to Research Careers Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (MARC U*STAR) Program at UMBC is dedicated to increasing the number of students from underrepresented groups in the sciences and mathematics and who plan to pursue doctoral degrees and research careers in the biomedical sciences. MARC trainees may receive up to two years of financial support plus $1,500 in annual research supply funding to Trainee’s mentor.
The Pfizer undergraduate research program
The Pfizer Undergraduate Research Program at UMBC is dedicated to encouraging academically gifted students at UMBC to pursue advanced degrees, careers and leadership roles in the biological and chemical sciences. This outstanding opportunity is offered through an award by Pfizer, Inc. Pfizer Trainees will receive generous stipends totaling up to $14,600 for their research time and will benefit from additional support of $3,000 for laboratory supplies and their participation in scientific meetings.