The University System of Maryland’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (USM LSAMP) announces the opportunity for undergraduate scholars currently enrolled at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Frostburg State University, Towson University, and select local community colleges to participate in programming to enhance their summer research experience. If selected, you will join a community of undergraduate researchers, attend professional development seminars, and be eligible for a financial award totaling up to $3,000 over the course of the program. Undergraduate scholars who work with distinguished STEM faculty within the University System of Maryland qualify for the award. Student scholars conduct research over a minimum of nine weeks per summer under the direction of a faculty research mentor.
Applicants may apply for research opportunities in any of the following NSF-classified STEM disciplines: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Geosciences, Mathematics, Physics/Astronomy, or technology areas associated with the preceding fields (e.g., biotechnology, chemical technology, engineering technology, information technology).
To be eligible for the research program, applicants must be:
- A US citizen or permanent resident at one of the aforementioned institutions
- In good academic standing
- Members of racial and ethnic groups that have been historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines. All students are welcome to apply
- Students who have no previous research experience
- Engage in research with distinguished STEM faculty within the University System of Maryland for a minimum of nine weeks beginning on Tuesday, June 2nd 2020.
- If you do not have a pre-selected faculty member we will attempt to match you based on your discipline. However, we cannot guarantee placement for the summer
- Attend an orientation session on Monday, June 1st from 11:00am - 1:00pm.
- Attend weekly programming on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:00am - 1:00pm. Programming begins the week of June 1st and concludes July 31st. There will be a mandatory luncheon on Thursday, August 20th.
- A one-page journal entry will be submitted every two weeks based on your experience
- A 3-5 page culminating reflection will be submitted at the conclusion of the research experience.
- Submit a log of their time completing research every two weeks.
- Awardees will be required to present a research poster and/or a give a presentation of the project results at the USM LSAMP Fall Research Symposium at the University of Maryland, College Park. Students must attend and engage with the entire conference. Research presentations at other conferences can be substituted with prior approval on a case-by-case basis.
- Students are also encouraged to present at URCAD and SURF at UMBC or the Annual Research Symposium at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.
Please note: The NSF USM LSAMP logo and funding disclaimer must be included on the poster or presentation.
We ask that undergraduate scholars completely fill out and submit the following USM LSAMP Research Program application form. The submitted application is due no later than Sunday, March 29th, 2020.