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UMBC’s First Rhodes Scholar!

As the newly appointed Director of Undergraduate Research and Nationally Competitive Scholarships, I am delighted to announce that Naomi Mburu ’18 is the first Rhodes Scholar in the history of our institution. We can say with confidence that UMBC has finally arrived as a national leader in innovation, teaching, and student success. This is a monumental accomplishment and we couldn’t be more proud. ~ Dr. Householder


Researcher of the Week

Would you liked to be featured as the Researcher of the Week? If you have participated in a Mentor-led research and want to be featured, please Dr. April Householder at aprilh@umbc.edu.

Undergraduate Research Awards

Learn more about how to fund your research and become a URA scholar. 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.


Consistent with its commitment to academic freedom, UMBC does not restrict the topics of inquiry that can be accepted for URCAD, the conclusions that are reached in student work, or the representations chosen by the student and mentor for that work. With the approval of their mentors, students may apply to present any mentored research, scholarship, or creative work completed while they are UMBC undergraduates. A mentor-approved and committee-approved abstract describing the work and its intellectual context is required. Approval to present work at URCAD is given by the faculty of the URCAD committee.