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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.

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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

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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

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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 URAs

    Workshops (TBA)

  • Time | Location TBA: Entrepreneurship Opportunities for Research with Vivian Armor and Wendy Martin
  • Wed, March 25, 2020 URCAD Poster Prep Workshop with Prof. Raimi Quiton 12-1pm in LH1
  • Wed, April 1, 2020 URCAD Oral Presentation Workshop with Prof.Tim Phin in ITE 102 (LH 8)

More useful workshops can be found here.

    Key Dates

  • March 1, 2020: Applications for 2020-21 URAs open
  • April 23, 2020: URCAD (2019-20 URA Scholars required to present)
  • May 1, 2020: 2019-2020 URA application deadline
  • May 2020: Review of new applications
  • May 13, 2020: New scholar contract signing
  • May 29, 2020: Final Reports due
  • June 1, 2020 – May 31, 2021: Award period for new scholars


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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:


Future Children
Emily Eaglin
Mentor: Vin Grabill


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.

Page updated: 3/3/2020