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For Faculty

Coming this Fall- Faculty Fridays!

This series will feature workshops specifically designed for faculty who are currently working with undergraduate researchers, or who want to learn more about how to get started!

Workshop topics:

  • September: Overview of undergraduate research opportunities at UMBC and how to get involved as a faculty member
  • October: How to be an effective mentor
  • November: Writing a strong letter of recommendation
  • December: Overview of prestigious scholarships

IHU and FYS Instructors:
Do you want to request a workshop for your classroom?

Topics include:

  • How to Get Started in Research
  • Overview of Prestigious Scholarships
  • How to Write a Winning Personal Statement
  • Asking for Letters of Recommendation
  • Effective Oral and Poster Presentations
  • Professional Etiquette: How to Send a Professional Email
  • Social Media Etiquette
  • Acing the (Skype) Interview

Send an email to: aprilh@umbc.edu to request a classroom visit.

You can also send students to our upcoming workshops.

Campus-Wide Undergraduate Research Programs

Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD)

Assignments other faculty members have used to encourage URCAD attendance.

Undergraduate Research Awards (URA)

Summer Research Opportunities

UMBC Review

Travel support for undergraduates presenting at conferences

Nationally Competitive Scholarships

Campus Research Conferences


Communication about Undergraduate Research Programs

Dear Colleagues… (a message you can share)

Research Powerpoints for use in class (PPT or PDF version): pdf icon

How to get started in research (information to share with students) 

Steps to summer research (a guide for students) 

How to write a successful URA proposal (for students) 


Advice/Assistance for Mentors

Application Guide for URA, URCAD, and UMBC Review 

Finding a student researcher and helping a student researcher to find you

How to be an effective mentor

The URA letter of recommendation

Writing Letters of Recommendation by Joe Schall

Typical assignments for students to attend URCAD


Stephen Miller
URCAD Committee Chair

Stephen Miller
Department of Biological Sciences
stmiller@umbc.edu
ext. 5-3381

URA Committee Chair 

Vin Grabill
Department of Visual Arts
grabill@umbc.edu
ext. 5-1656