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Information For Current Scholars

2017 – 2018

“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 2018 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

Do you work with an exceptional UMBC faculty mentor?  Nominate them for the Faculty Mentor of the Year Award.

URA applications for 2018-19 open November1! Application deadline: February 16, 2018.

Required Fall Workshops for 2017-18 URA Scholars:

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 12:00 – 12:50pm Sondheim 103
Presentation on Entrepreneurship and the Alex. Brown Center. Introduction of the new ENTR URA award! With Vivian Armor, Director of the UMBC Alex. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

12:00 – 12:50 p.m. Sondheim 103
Presentation on intellectual property rights, patents, etc. with Ms. Wendy Martin, UMBC Office of Technology Development.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

12:00 – 12:50 p.m. Sondheim 103
Presentation on research and artistic ethics, IRB, and human and animal treatment with Mr. Tim Sparklin, Research Services Administrator Office of Research Protections and Compliance

Required Survey Check-in Due Dates: 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Brief online survey survey of URA work status

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Brief online survey survey of URA work status

Friday, December 1, 2017

Brief online survey survey of URA work status. Final reports and mentor approval forms due for students graduating in December.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Brief online survey survey of URA work status

URCAD and UMBC Review Submissions:

January, 2018: URCAD proposals due from all URA Scholars via online application system
All URA scholars are required to present during URCAD. URA scholars have an earlier deadline for URCAD application proposals than other students. The faculty mentor must approve the student’s URCAD abstract as it will be printed in the program.

Registration for URCAD

February TBA, 2018

12:00-12:50 p.m., Location: TBA
Required Session: How to create a submission that is likely to be accepted for publication in the UMBC Review

April 1-10, 2018

Dates: TBA
Required workshops for URCAD oral, poster, and artistic presenters

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD) URCAD

Monday, May 1, 2018

Deadline for final report and UMBC Review submission.

 May 3, 2017

12:00-12:50 p.m., Location: University Center 312
Lunch meeting with Dean Diane Lee and Provost Philip Rous. Each scholar should be prepared to speak for one minute about the results of his or her work.

URA Forms

UMBC Review Guidelines

Advisors / mentors must review URA final reports and give their approval (via a cover sheet) before submission

“Award recipient must conduct the proposed research during this time period and submit a written report or other summary of research at the conclusion of the research period. Project reports may be supplemented by videotapes, audiotapes, or other works deemed to be appropriate by the advisor(s).”

About Your URA Funds:

It is your responsibility to use your URA funds as stated in your proposal budget and to track the use of your funds. Your mentor should instruct you about the record keeping that is typically expected to grant funds in your field. You will NOT need to report to the URA office about your expenditures. You DO need to be sure you and your mentor are clear about the uses of the funds, consistent with your proposal.

Those of you who received the funds via check or direct deposit will also receive an IRS form 1099 from the State of Maryland next January. Talk with whoever helps you with taxes to determine what record keeping would be helpful in order to be able to show expenses to offset this “income”.