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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

Dates TBA

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: 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

ext. 5-3381

URA Committee Chair 

Vin Grabill

Department of Visual Arts

ext. 5-1656