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Information For Current Scholars

2019 – 2020

“Welcome current URA Scholars! I hope your research year is going well.

Join us for the required fall workshops and check-ins (see below).
If you have any concerns or set-backs in your work, please contact me directly.”

~ Dr. April Householder

The UMBC Career Center’s Intern Success Practicum (PRAC 95/98/99) is a zero-credit, pass/fail course for any undergraduate or graduate student who is completing a substantial internship or research experience. All URA Scholars are enrolled in the research section of the Practicum for the Fall 2019 semester. The Practicum supplements the URA Scholars program by tracking your progress and providing support, structure, and professional development to help you succeed in your on-campus research. Upon successful completion, you will receive a “Research Experience” notation on your transcript. The Practicum is free of cost.

Benefits of PRAC for URA Scholars:

  • Give and receive formal feedback from your mentor
  • Streamline the URA process, with clear learning goals, deadlines, and evaluations
  • Formal notation of your research experience on your transcript
  • Earn a Professional Edge Badge to display on your public profiles such as LinkedIn, plus opportunities to meet employers and be featured as a Researcher of the Week.

Intern Success Practicum Syllabus for URA Scholars


Workshops

Commercializing Your Research

Wendy Martin and Vivian Armor
Did you know that Gatorade was invented at the University of Florida by a team of scientists who wanted a better way to hydrate the football team during hot practices? Discover the many ways that you can turn your research in to an entrepreneurial idea!
Date: Monday, October 28, 2019
Time:noon – 12:50pm
Location: TBA
* Required for URA Scholars


Research Ethics/IRB

Timothy Sparklin
Why is it important to protect the subjects, animals, and material that you work with as a researcher (and yourself!)? Come hear about the ethics of doing research and how the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is here to help!
Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
Time:noon – 12:50pm
Location: TBA
* Required for URA Scholars


Introduction to R

R is a programming language for data analysis and statistics. It is free, and very widely used by professional statisticians. R is a dynamically typed interpreted language, and is typically used interactively. It has many built-in functions and libraries, and is extensible, allowing users to define their own functions and procedures using R, C or Fortran. For more information, please attend this interactive workshop to learn more about R.
Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Time: noon – 1:00pm
Location: LIB 259
Register! – 12 seats left


Research 101: Going beyond Google

Are you used to most of your research needs being just a Google away? In this interactive workshop, we will discuss some common college-level research challenges and explore different ways to navigate them. Join us if you’re completely new to college-level research, or familiar but looking for ways to improve your process.
Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Time: 4 – 5:00pm
Location: LIB 259
Register! – 28 seats left


Introduction to Matlab

MATLAB is a popular mathematical software package that combines efficient linear algebra operations and powerful graphics with an intuitive, interactive user interface. MATLAB can be useful for a wide range of …
Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Time: noon – 1:00pm
Location: LIB 259
Register! – 29 seats left


Introduction to Stata

Stata is a full-featured statistical programming language for Windows, Mac OS X, Unix and Linux. Come learn how to how to import and export data from different formats, how Stata’s intuitive syntax works, …
Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Time: noon – 1:00pm
Location: LIB 259
Register! – 29 seats left


Stepping up your research game: Searching strategically

Have you ever wondered how to maximize your research time? Have you wished that you could magically wake up to a perfect Works Cited page? This workshop is designed to save you research time and make it easier …
Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Time: noon – 1:00pm
Location: LIB 259


How to Write a STEM Literature Review Workshop

Is writing the literature review a stumbling block? This workshop will help you to learn how to begin and advance your literature review, and how to connect your ideas to the literature in the field.
Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Time: noon – 1:00pm
Location: LIB 259
Register! – 32 seats left


Creating an Academic Research Poster Using PowerPoint

An academic research poster is a visual communication tool that allows you to present your research in a clear, concise, graphic format. Learn how to create a poster that stands out. In this workshop, …
Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Time: noon – 1:00pm
Location: LIB 259
Register! – 31 seats left


Zotero: Organize your citations with style

Have you ever wondered if there is a better way to organize your citations? Have you used citation software in the past but have some lingering questions? This workshop provides an overview of setting up a free…
Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Time: noon – 1:00pm
Location: LIB 259


EndNote Basic

Learn how to utilize the full range of features included in the web-accessible citation manager. This hands-on workshop will focus on setting up an account, importing and transferring references, sharing references…
Date: Monday, October 28, 2019
Time: noon – 1:00pm
Location: LIB 259
Register! – 27 seats left


Open Educational Resources (OER) Workshop for Faculty

With the rising cost of textbooks, the use of open educational resources (OER) can significantly increase student learning and success. This workshop will introduce UMBC faculty to OER repositories of peer-revi…
Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Time: noon – 1:00pm
Location: LIB 259
Register! – 29 seats left


Citing Sources: Mastering the Art of Academic Integrity

Avoid accidental plagiarism by learning how to properly cite your sources and create killer bibliographies.
Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: LIB 259
Register! – 27 seats left


Social Science Literature Review workshop

What are some of the best strategies and tips for writing a social science literature review? Calling all social science students! Whether you are just starting out with your research or have been involved in your project for a while, this workshop is for you. This workshop is co-sponsored by the campus Center for Social Science Scholarship, and snacks will be provided.
Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Time: noon – 1:00pm
Location: LIB 259


Finding Your Flow: Navigating Final Papers

Feeling stuck with your final paper? Bring what you’ve got so far (even if it’s just the assignment description), and walk out of this workshop prepared to finesse your academic writing like never before!
Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Time: noon – 1:00pm
Location: LIB 259
Register! – 27 seats left