UMBC and the Office of Undergraduate Education support the following undergraduate research programs:
Beckman Scholars Program (2003 - 2006)
Undergraduates selected for this program participate in 15 months of laboratory research in the biological sciences, chemistry, and biochemistry. Students also receive ethics instruction, leadership training, and mentoring. This program supported five scholars over its three-year existence.
Biomedical Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (BSURE) (2004 – ongoing)
The BSURE Program is a comprehensive summer research program funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) targeting undergraduates from groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. Participants conduct independent research projects in faculty laboratories and present their research at the annual NIDDK Summer Research Conferences. Prior to 2007 the program was residential supported seven students each year but additional funding is anticipated in 2007 to support ten students at UMBC and an additional 15 students at other institutions.
Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science & Technology (CRESST) Summer Internship Programs
Students interested in astrophysics participate in internships of approximately ten weeks under the guidance of mentors at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
Center for Women and Information Technology (CWIT) (2002 – ongoing)
CWIT engages in efforts to support women’s full involvement in information technology. CWIT scholars participate in special courses and activities, receive mentoring from faculty and others in the IT community and complete an internship or research project. Twenty members of each incoming class join this program. Currently 29 students are CWIT scholars over all four years. The first cohort of CWIT scholars graduated in spring, 2006.
CNMS Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Fest (1997 - ongoing)
This annual event, hosted by the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences serves as the culminating activity for many undergraduate research summer programs at UMBC and invites independent student researchers on campus to present their summer research projects in poster or oral format as well. The Annual Mentor Award for Outstanding Support and Service to UMBC Research Programs is presented at the event. The 2006 event featured 64 posters, four platform talks, and a program book of abstracts submitted by all participants. This event and its participants were sponsored by UMBC and a number of programs and agencies, including the BSURE, EMBARC-REU, Human Computer Interaction-REU, MARC U*STAR, HHMI, Beckman Scholars, Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET), Pfizer Undergraduate Research and the Summer Biomedical Training Programs.
Experiences in Molecular Biology Academic Research Careers (EMBARC) (2002 – 2008)
The EMBARC Program is an NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site dedicated to providing first-time research opportunities in disciplines related to the structure and function of biological molecules. This ten-week residential summer program supports ten undergraduates from two- and four-year institutions across the nation, who perform research under the guidance of faculty mentors from the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Chemical Engineering. The goal is to encourage the students to pursue research doctorates and careers. Other activities include a summer seminar series, a GRE preparation course, and participation in the annual CNMS Summer Undergraduate Research Fest at UMBC.
Honors College (1988 - Ongoing)
Honors College students are encouraged to submit proposals for research or creative projects undertaken anywhere in the world under the supervision of UMBC faculty mentors in any discipline, during either the summer or the winter break. Honors College students are invited to present academic and creative work at the annual National Collegiate Honors Council conference. Approximately 400 undergraduates are members of the Honors College. Students complete Honors College curricular requirements by enrolling in independent-research courses in the academic department that is the home department of the faculty mentor of the research project.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Scholars Program (1994 – ongoing)
The major goal of the HHMI Undergraduate Biological Sciences Program at UMBC is to identify and support high-achieving students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in pursuing advanced degrees and obtaining leadership positions in the biomedical sciences. HHMI funding for this prestigious scholarship program emphasizes extended research experiences. The comprehensive student support it provides includes full tuition, fees, room and board for the first two years of college as well as travel, regular program meetings, and multiple opportunities for research presentations. It also supports salaries for conducting research in on-campus research laboratories during the academic year and summer throughout each participant's academic career at UMBC. After participating in a rigorous application and interview process, an average of seven UMBC freshmen majoring in biomedical fields are selected for the four-year program. HHMI Scholars participate in various research experiences beginning as freshmen and continue academic year scientific research as sophomores , juniors and seniors. During their sophomore summers, students participate in research experiences with highly-productive HHMI Investigators and have opportunities to be exchange students and research assistants at their host institutions during their junior years.
Humanities Scholars (1996 - ongoing)
Students in this honors program are guided through the entire process of academic research: exploring topics, doing a review of the literature, finding resources, and formulating a research question. Students in the required humanities seminars frequently engage in entire process of academic research: exploring topics, doing a review of the literature, finding resources, and formulating a research question. They are often required to complete a formal research proposal over the course of a semester. Each year 10 to 20 new students join this program; at present nearly 60 students participate in the Humanities Scholars.
The Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers the Undergraduate Mathematics Biology Training Program (firstname.lastname@example.org) supported by the National Science Foundation. At the core of this program is the belief that modern scientific problems demand multidisciplinary approaches, and that cross-disciplinary training will accelerate discovery and prepare students to be scientific leaders in the 21st century. Our innovative program provides two years of research training for undergraduates working on projects at the interface of biology, mathematics and statistics. The goal of this program is to prepare undergraduate students for graduate study and careers in biomathematics, biostatistics and fields that require a strong background in computational approaches to biological problems.
Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET) Summer Internship Program (2005 – ongoing)
The JCET Summer Internship Program is a ten-week opportunity for Earth science and atmospheric physics research that pairs students with research mentors from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and/or UMBC. Students work in close collaboration with their mentors on specific and important Earth science research projects that have included hurricane and volcano research, observation of carbon monoxide using remote sensing, precipitation measurement and data analysis, sea ice properties, global modeling, planetary atmospheres, and studies of aerosol particles from biomass burning. Students often continue their collaborations with their mentors after the summer and some have continued their summer research as part of their graduate studies. JCET summer activities at NASA Goddard and UMBC include attending lectures and workshops focused on current topics in the Earth sciences as well as producing and giving final presentations of each participant’s summer research. Approximately five students per year are accepted into the program and the program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. The 12 program alumni to date have been students at UMBC, Morgan State University, University of Maryland College Park, Susquehanna University, and Johns Hopkins University. Participants are fully funded by the JCET Center of UMBC and this support includes a ten-week stipend with housing and round trip transportation provided if the student is not local.
Linehan Artist Scholars Program (____ - ongoing)
Students with exceptional artistic abilities and strong academic records are admitted into the Linehan Artist Scholar Program. Music and dance students' culminating research is presented in senior recitals of original and interpretive work. Visual Art students provide a portfolio of their work, while theatre students present creative projects in acting, stage management, or design. Each year about 25 students join this program. At present, there are 80 Linehan Artist Scholars.
Minority Access to Research Careers/ Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (MARC U*STAR) (1997- ongoing)
This scholarship program offers comprehensive academic support to UMBC undergraduates who plan to pursue doctoral degrees and careers in the biomedical sciences and mathematics. Participants, who must demonstrate an interest in increasing the numbers of students from underrepresented groups in the sciences and mathematics, are required to conduct sustained research projects throughout the academic year and summer It is part of the national MARC Program funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The program supports up to 40 UMBC juniors and seniors each year with undergraduate student stipends, mentoring, peer group interaction, and advisement. In addition, 15 sophomores receive mentoring, research opportunities, peer group support, and advisement. To date, 13 MARC alumni have earned their research doctorates and an additional 14 alumni have completed their medical degrees.
McNair Scholars Program (1993 - ongoing)
UMBC McNair Scholars typically conduct research throughout the year, which can be in any discipline. UMBC also offers an eight-week Summer Research Institute available only to McNair Scholars. Ten students participated in summer, 2006. UMBC has approximately 25 McNair scholars at a time.
Meyerhoff Scholarship Program (1988 - ongoing)
This program supports undergraduates who are preparing to pursue a Ph.D. in the sciences and who are interested in the advancement of minorities in the sciences and related fields. Research is required of all Meyerhoff students during the summer. Some continue this during the academic year – including those students who also participate in HHMI or MARC. Approximately 65 new students are selected as Meyerhoff scholars each year; about 240 in all years.
Pfizer Undergraduate Research Program (2004 - 2006)
Made possible by an award from Pfizer, Inc. this program is dedicated to encouraging academically gifted UMBC students to pursue advance degrees, careers, and leadership roles in the biological and chemical sciences.
Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program (1999 - ongoing)
Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars experience a three-semester sequence of research-intensive coursework, including opportunities to write research argument papers based on community service, conduct research and policy analysis of a problem based at their service site, and collect data in the community as a part of a community-based research course.The program also has a focus on senior research projects. Each year about 15 new students join this program; at present 50 students in all years are Sondheim Scholars.
Summer Program in Computational Biology (2005 - 2008)
The SPCB is an NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site at UMBC focused on applying mathematics and statistics to biological problems. Eight students from across the country are selected for this annual eight-week residential summer program. After a workshop covering background biology, students work with UMBC faculty on significant research projects in either computational neurobiology or bioinformatics. Students also participate in other activities including, but not limited to, a seminar series, a GRE preparation course and the CNMS Annual Summer Research Fest at UMBC.
Summer Research in Human-Computer Interaction (2003 - 2006)
The Information Systems Department at UMBC offered a comprehensive, ten-week residential summer research program to twenty-eight students. They were recruited primarily from other institutions where they would not otherwise have had research opportunities. They worked with faculty and graduate student mentors on research projects in areas such as computer supported cooperative work, cross-cultural differences in systems usage, varied computer interfaces (speech recognition, handwriting, Tablet PCs, other hand-held devices), information visualization, information retrieval, electronic commerce usability, and the issue of trust in on-line interaction. This program was supported by the National Science Foundation as one of its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites.
Summer Research Internships in Physics (2000 - ongoing)
Summer internships typically last 10-12 weeks, and involve research-based study in one of the many areas of expertise of the Joint Center for Astrophysics (JCA) and scientists within the Exploration of the Universe Division at NASA/GSFC.
UMBC Review (2000 - ongoing)
This annual archival journal publishes research papers authored by UMBC undergraduates from any discipline. Articles are submitted, reviewed, selected, and edited in a process similar to that of other professional journals. Articles are selected by student editors and the journal is designed by visual arts students. Approximately 13 student articles are selected per year. Two to five undergraduate students work as text and graphic editors each year.
Undergraduate Research Awards (URA) (1995 - ongoing)
Undergraduate Research Awards are available on a competitive basis to students who formulate their own research question or creative project and develop a full proposal, including budget, for consideration by a faculty selection committee. Twenty to forty students are accepted as URA Scholars each year.
Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD) (1996- ongoing)
For the last decade, URCAD has showcased the outcomes of students’ scholarly and creative work in an outstanding day-long conference. URCAD is identical in content, quality, attendance, audience participation, and professionalism to symposia of professional societies. More than 120 students per year present their research, scholarship, and creative work at this conference.
Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences (1998 - ongoing)
The 14th Annual Research Symposium
Although most institutions have mechanisms for undergraduates to conduct research under the tutelage of a faculty member, both during the academic year and in the summer, there are few occasions that allow for these students to present the results of their work in a professional atmosphere. UMBC has provided this opportunity for undergraduate chemists, biologists and biochemists in the Mid-Atlantic region for the last seven years. Each October/ November, we have held an Undergraduate Research Symposium, which in the last year attracted over 400 students from approximately 50 colleges and universities in 9 different states, chiefly in the Mid-Atlantic, and the District of Columbia.