Information For Current Scholars

2024 – 2025

“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

Intern Success Practicum (PRAC 95/98/99)

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 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.

Submitting Final Projects:

URA final project guidelines
Faculty Advisor Form for URA final paper and UMBC Review submission


Note: Times and dates for the up coming semester will be posted soon.

Undergraduate Research
During the COVID Pandemic:
New Methods and Opportunities

(A recording of the workshop can be found here.)

Date: Wednesday, September 23

Time: Noon-12:50 p.m.

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

Date: Friday October 2

Time: Noon-12:50 p.m.

Location: Via Webex

Research Ethics and IRB

Tim Sparkling

Date: Wednesday, November 4

Time: Noon-12:50 p.m.

Location: Via Webex