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Summer Research Opportunities Programs

Initiated in 1986 by the Graduate Deans of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) encourages talented underrepresented undergraduates to pursue graduate study, and subsequently, academic careers. At the University of Maryland, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS), the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR), and the School of Public Health (SPH) offer exciting summer research opportunities consistent with the SROP’s goal of increasing the number of those underrepresented in the sciences. Explore this section to learn more abou Summer Research Opportunities Programs at University of Maryland.


BSOS Summer Research Initiative (SRI)

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences' Summer Research Initiative (BSOS SRI) represents a long-standing commitment (since 1999) to increasing the diversity of those who pursue doctoral degrees in the social and behavioral sciences.

The program provides rising juniors and seniors with an 8-week intensive experience to develop research skills, learn about doctoral training, and increase graduate training readiness.

Departments include African American Studies, Anthropology, Criminology/Criminal Justice, Economics, Geographical Sciences, Government and Politics, Hearing and Speech Sciences, Psychology, and Sociology. 

The 2019 program dates are June 3, 2019 - July 26, 2019.

Visit the program's website to learn more. 

BSOS SRI Contacts

Email questions to: / 301-405-1097
Mr. Joel Saunders, Program Coordinator


AGNR Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)

The AGNR Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is a partnership between the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) Dean’s Office, AGNR Academic Programs, and The UMD Graduate School. The Summer Research Opportunity Program is a gateway to graduate education. The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students pursuing graduate study and research careers in agricultural, environmental, nutrition and food science, and natural resource areas of study. SROP provides underrepresented undergraduate students with an on-campus research experience to establish important relationships with faculty in their respective fields of study and to conduct graduate-level research under the supervision of a renowned AGNR faculty member. 

Students participating in the SROP will spend eight weeks at UMD working closely with AGNR faculty members as part of their research teams. Students are expected to spend about forty hours per week working with their research teams and to be contributing members. Participants will attend weekly seminars to learn more about the graduate school experience, the graduate school application process as well as social activities during their stay.  At the end of the eight-week period, students will have produced tangible results from experimental research and will report the results in a special research forum. Participants will also become acquainted with the culture of graduate school and learn what is needed and expected of them as graduate students in their respective discipline.

The 2019 program dates are June 1, 2019 - July 26, 2019.

Visit the program's website to learn more.


Email questions to: Dr. Evelyn Cooper, Director / 301 405 7044


SPH Summer Training and Research (UM STAR)

The School of Public Health’s Summer Training and Research (SPH UM STAR) Program was launched in 2008 with funding from the National Institute of Health's National Health Lung and Blood Institute.

UM STAR is designed to provide traditionally underrepresented undergraduate students with two consecutive summers of a 10-week research training and career development program to enhance their potential to apply for and complete graduate degrees in biomedical and behavioral science relevant to preventing and treating cardiovascular disease. 

The 2019 program dates are June 3, 2019 - August 8, 2019.

Visit the program's website for more information.

SPH UM STAR Contacts

Email questions to: / 301-405-2487
Dr. James Hagberg, Director
Mr. Ryan Sapp, Coordinator


Advantages and Benefits of Participating

  • Increase your knowledge of doctoral-level training.

  • Mentoring, networking, and enrichment opportunities through a faculty mentor, graduate students, fellow program participants, and professionals working on campus and throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

  • Lectures and workshops to enhance your knowledge of the graduate application process, assist you with negotiating the academic rigors of graduate school, and help develop your career path. 

  • For SRI Program only, provides: round-trip travel, room and board in University on-campus housing, and $3,150 (before taxes).

  • For UM STAR program only, provides: round-trip travel, room and board in University on-campus housing, and $4800 (before taxes).
  • Graduate application fee waivers available for all participants.

  • Take advantage of our close proximity to Baltimore and Washington, DC - our nation’s capital. 

  • The area supports a vibrant science and policy environment given the local network of universities and professional and scientific organizations.

  • A very large and diverse group of college students converge on the DC metropolitan area for summer internships.

  • Convenient and easy to use local transportation via an extensive subway and bus system.

  • Visit historic, social, and cultural offerings in Washington, DC; Baltimore; Annapolis; and beyond. Great diversity of people and events held throughout the summer. It’s exciting here in the summer.

  • Our campus is just a 2-hour drive from the beach or the mountains, and a short train ride away from Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City.

Who Should Apply

Applicants interested in BSOS SRI, AGNR SROP, and SPH UM STAR should meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States
  • Be enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year higher education institution and obtain junior or senior status by the Fall 2019 academic year
  • Possess an excellent academic record including a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA
  • For SRI applicants, be interested in pursuing graduate study in one of the behavioral or social sciences*
  • SRI applicants (only) are required to submit a current résumé or curriculum vita.
  • For SRI applicants, preference is given to those who have taken at least one basic statistics or research methodology course
  • For SRI applicants interested in our Hearing and Speech Sciences Department: HESP gives highest priority to summer applicants who intend to pursue a research doctorate rather than just the clinical MA or AuD in graduate school.
  • For UM STAR applicants, be interested in pursuing graduate study in the biomedical or biobehavioral sciences related to cardiovascular health

*See department websites for specific faculty research interests.
*Please visit SRI, AGNR SROP, and UM STAR for specific program information.

How to Apply

All Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions share the same SROP online application, allowing you to apply to multiple programs with only one submission of your materials. To apply for an SROP program at the University of Maryland, please submit your application through the SROP Online Application, and be sure to choose University of Maryland during that application process.  The SROP Online Application is open from November 1, 2018 through February 10, 2019.

If you are applying to the BSOS SRI program, UMD requires a supplemental application.


After completing the BIG Ten SROP online application, BSOS SRI applicants are required to submit a supplemental application.  The supplemental application will ask a series of questions and require you to submit two documents - a current curriculum vita (C.V.) or résumé and a 500-1500 word personal statement. Both of these documents must be prepared in a PDF file format.  Please review the Supplemental Application Guidance and the Personal Statement Instructions below and then proceed to the 

Supplemental Application Guidance (BSOS-SRI)

Personal Statement Instructions (BSOS-SRI)

Go to the UMD ONLINE AWARDS PORTAL to complete your UMD BSOS-SRI Supplemental Application.  (IMPORTANT: Please prepare your résumé and personal statement in PDF file format)

If applying to a program not supported by BSOS SRI, please complete the SROP online application. The UMD program may contact you for additional information


UMD SROP Program Dates & Application Deadlines

BSOS SRI 2019 Program Dates June 3, 2019 through July 26, 2019
Public Health UM STAR 2019 Program Dates June 3, 2019 through August 8, 2019
Humanities SROP Program Dates June 3, 2019 through July 26, 2019
STEM SROP Program Dates June 3, 2019 through July 26 2019
AGNR SROP June 1, 2019 through July 26, 2019
SROP Application Deadline February 10, 2019
UMD BSOS SRI Supplemental Application Deadline February 10, 2019


The UMD Graduate School, Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Funding Opportunities Contacts

Email questions to: / 301-405-3644

Contact Christopher Perez, Associate Director, Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion for general summer research questions.

Contact Robyn Kotzker, Assistant Director, Office of Funding Opportunities for questions regarding summer research financial awards.

All other questions should be directed to the summer research program contacts.