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Getting Started in Research

Fall, 2017 Student Workshops:

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 12 noon-1pm, 103 Sondheim

Overview of Nationally Competitive Scholarships: Learn about how UMBC supports students who are applying for prestigious scholarships such as Rhodes, Gates, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, Douglass, and others!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 12noon-1pm, Sondheim 103

Presentation on Entrepreneurship and the Alex. Brown Center. Introduction of the new ENTR URA award! With Vivian Armor, Director of the UMBC Alex. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship

Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 12 noon – 1pm
103 Sondheim

How to Get Started in Research: Learn about opportunities such as URCAD, URAs, Tavel Awards, The UMBC Review, and summer research opportunities. Present, publish, get funded!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 12noon-1pm, Sondheim 103

Presentation on intellectual property rights, patents, etc. with Ms. Wendy Martin, UMBC Office of Technology Development.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 12noon-1pm, Sondheim 103

Presentation on research and artistic ethics, IRB, and human and animal treatment with Mr. Tim Sparklin, Research Services Administrator Office of Research Protections and Compliance


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Hear from students who participated in
undergraduate research

For help with your summer research application, personal statement, or resume, please contact:
April L. Householder, Ph.D.:



Getting Started:
How to Get Started in Research
Know your Professor
myMajorFinding Summer Research:
Summer Research Opportunities Excel icon
Steps To Find Summer Research
Opportunities to Work at NIST
Paid Summer Research Positions
Research information by major
“Summer Research Changed my Life”
Applying for Summer Research:
Requesting a Letter of Recommendation
– Advice on e-mailing a professor
– Tips on writing an introductory email
– An essay on letters of recommendation
– Approaching a professor for a letter of recommendationDrafting a Personal Statement
– Writing Personal Statements by Joe SchallA letter from an undergraduate researcherStarting Your Research:
Sign up for the zero-credit Research Practicum and have your research documented on your transcript
Establishing a Working Relationship With Your Mentor
Learn how to find research internships and job opportunities using UMBCworks!
Find us on Facebook at Undergraduate Research @ UMBC Facebook Icon Small
Join our myUMBC group Undergraduate Research today! myUMBC Small Icon