Structured on-campus research programs

Undergraduate students majoring in the biological sciences have many opportunities to participate in research under the supervision of a faculty member. The most common way of starting out in research is to volunteer time in a faculty member's lab.

More structured programs include:

  • Maryland Student Researchers Program – introduces students to scholarly research, allowing them to spend 4-6 hours per week working under the direction of a faculty mentor on that faculty member's own research. At the conclusion of the assistantship, the student receives a notation on their transcript. No academic credit or grade is earned.
  • The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program – designed to prepare students who are primarily from low-income, first generation and traditionally underrepresented groups to pursue doctoral studies. Full-time University juniors and seniors who wish to pursue doctoral studies, enhance their skills to prepare for graduate study, and participate in undergraduate research with faculty members are eligible.
  • Departmental Honors Programs – offered in each department. These are typically four semester programs, with students applying in the spring of their sophomore year or fall of their junior year. Students work under the supervision of a faculty mentor to design and carry out an independent research project, which culminates in a formal defense of the research. Students receive academic credit for their research that can be applied toward their degree requirements, participate in honors seminars and, upon completion of the program, graduate "With Honors".
  • Maryland-HHMI Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program – sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, University of Maryland, supports the independent research activities of talented undergraduate students under the direct supervision of a faculty investigator/mentor. The program allows students to experience the investigative process, demonstrate their aptitude for research, develop a close collaboration with a faculty mentor, and strengthen their conviction in their career choice. Fellowships offer support for independent student research for periods of up to one year. Fellows receive stipends of $1,500 per semester and $3,000 per summer (up to $6,000 per year). Fellows are also eligible to receive up to $1,500 per academic year to offset the costs of necessary research supplies.