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Applications for 2020-21 URA’s are now closed.

The new URA Scholars will be announced at the end of May.

*Special information related to Covid-19:

There are many changes happening to student research as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and campus closure. The URA selection committee has some advice to encourage you to apply for a URA and start to plan your research, even if there are some unknowns for the summer and fall semesters.

  1. We have moved the application deadline back to May 15, 2020 in order to give students some extra time to prepare their research proposals.
  2. Some research that was scheduled to start this summer may be delayed until the fall or spring semester- that’s ok! The URA is good for the entire year, June 1, 2020 to May 31, 2121. You can complete the research at any point during that time frame.
  3. Our expectations for a final product are fluid and relaxed. If the research plan doesn’t work out exactly as you proposed, that’s ok- it’s the nature of doing research.
  4. Be creative in the ways you think about your project. You may have to focus instead on doing a thorough literature review, using a pre-formed data set to analyze, or looking at case studies, rather than collecting in-person data, or conducting research in a lab.
  5. Methods such as lab benchwork, participant observations, focus groups, travel-related, in-person interviews, or other real-time collection methods may need some re-thinking. How can you collect data via online interviews, the internet, or other technological interventions?
  6. Creative arts projects may incorporate some kind of online delivery method. We are hoping to be back on campus for URCAD 2021, but consider how VoiceThread might be used to display your creative work.

Remember:
URAs provide up to $1,500 to undergraduate students to support their research, scholarship, 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 remain enrolled at UMBC long enough to complete the proposed work.

Deadline: Closed

Applications require a research proposal and mentor statement of support.

Speciality URAs will be awarded to Social Scientists and Entrepreneurs- see below for more details.

Undergraduate Research Awards

URA’s 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.


Social Science URAs

Social Science URAs provide up to $1,500 to undergraduate researchers whose work, in collaboration with a faculty mentor, uses social science to explore the world or address socially relevant concerns. Recipients agree to present their work as part of an URCAD panel and other groups of social science students at UMBC. To be eligible for a Social Science URA, you must be enrolled as a UMBC student for the duration of the work proposed and must adhere to all the requirements of the URA program. For more information, contact Christine Mallinson, Director, Center for Science Scholarship, via email at socialscience@umbc.edu.


Entrepreneurship URAs

E-URA’s provide up to $1,500 to undergraduate researchers to support the development of a solution to either a technical or social problem in collaboration with a UMBC faculty mentor. These solutions can be products or services, address a social or “green” concern, or promote ideas that generate artistic value. To be eligible for an Entrepreneurship URA, you must be enrolled as a UMBC student for the duration of the work proposed. For more information, contact Vivian Armor, Director, Alex. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship 410-455-5740, or email armor@umbc.edu.

** You must be logged in to myUMBC and logged out of all other gmail accounts in order access the URA application form. REFRESH browser (preferably google chrome).


To preview the list of questions from the application and prepare your responses before you fill out the online form, go to the forms page


2020-21 URA Workshops

Undergraduate Research During the COVID Pandemic: New Methods and Opportunities
Wednesday, September 23
Noon-12:50 p.m.
Via Webex

Featuring undergraduate researchers: Joshua Slaughter, Theodore Addo, Maryam Elhabashy, Camille Blackford, Keren Herran, Camille Ollivierre, and Elle Kreiner.

This panel discussion is open to all UMBC students, faculty, and staff.


Entrepreneurship: Opportunities for commercializing your research
Vivian Armor and Wendy Martin
Friday, October 2
Noon-12:50 p.m.
Via Webex


Research Ethics and IRB
Tim Sparkling
Wednesday, November 4
Noon-12:50 p.m.
Via webex

More useful workshops can be found here.


    Key Dates

  • March 1, 2021: Applications open for 2021-22 URA Scholars
  • April 19-26, 2021: URCAD XXV (online)
  • May 3, 2021: URA application deadline
  • May 31, 2021: Final reports due for 20-21 URA Scholars
  • June 1, 2021-May 31, 2022: URA research period for new Scholars

Forms

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Download the Faculty Recommendation Information form here!

URA Scholars are required to enroll in a zero-credit PRAC through the Career Center and have your research experience documented on your transcript!

Employers and graduate admissions offices like to see practica recorded on your transcript because it indicates that your internship, co-op or research position was a significant learning experience, approved and vetted by the University. Applications and information on how to apply can be found at the Career Center.


URA creative projects have included:

2015

Future Children
Emily Eaglin
Mentor: Vin Grabill

2016

Light Inhibits Light
Rachel Wolven
Mentor: Steven Silberg

The Undergraduate Research Awards program is funded by the Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs. The program began in 1995 – 1996 as an initiative of the Office of the Provost.

9/17/2020