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Undergraduate Research Awards

Undergraduate Research Awards provide up to $1,500 to undergraduate students to support their research or creative work with a UMBC faculty mentor on an original project. UMBC students of all years and disciplines are invited to apply, as long as they will remain enrolled at UMBC long enough to complete the proposed work.

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Deadline Dates

  • Monday, February 1, 2016 – First day Undergraduate Research Award Applications will be accepted.

  • Thursday, February 25, 2016 – Deadline for submission of Undergraduate Research Award proposals, including letter and faculty support form.

  • March 8 – 12, 2016 – Undergraduate Research Award faculty review committees meet.

  • Thursday, March 16, 2016 – Applicants are notified of selection decisions.

  • Wednesday, April 27, 2016 – The 2016-2017 Undergraduate Research Award Scholars and their advisors are introduced at URCAD.

  • May 2016 – New URA Scholars contract signing

  • June 2016 – April 2017 – Award period

"There is so much more to being a URA Scholar than just conducting independent research; it is a community dedicated to individual student success and achievement."

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Is URA Right For You?

Wednesday, October 28
12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Sondheim Room 103

URA How-To Workshop

Wednesday, November 18
12:00 - 12:50 p.m.
Sondheim Room 103

Tuesday, December 8
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Sherman Hall A Room 113


For more information:
Janet McGlynn
Director of Communication and Outreach | (410) 455-5754


Devon Fick
Administrative Assistant | (410) 455-5513


Student research and creative projects have included:

"Communism and Censorship: A Stunting of Albania's Literary Culture or the Birthing of a Unique National Movement?" “Comparing Procedure, Evidentiary Rules, and Sentencing in Three World War II POW War Crimes Trials”

“Moving to Water?”

The Undergraduate Research Awards program is funded and managed by the Office of Undergraduate Education. Approximately $72,000 in funding was awarded in May 2011. The program began in 1995 – 1996 as an initiative of the Office of the Provost.