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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, several colleges offer exciting summer research opportunities consistent with the SROP’s goal of increasing the number of underrepresented students in these programs.

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS)

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 involved in the SRI include African American Studies, Anthropology, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Economics, Geographical Sciences, Government & Politics, Hearing & Speech Sciences, Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, Psychology, and Sociology.

The 2022 BSOS SRI will be an in-person experience.  We are excited to once again host students on our campus and deliver an engaging research experience. We will continue to be vigilant in monitoring COVID-19 and to inform you should conditions change. To protect the safety of our campus community, SRI participants are required to adhere to the university and state of Maryland COVID-19 policies - this includes showing proof of vaccination, or an official exemption, and to abide by our mask-wearing and social distancing policies. To learn more information on the University of Maryland's current COVID-19 policies and guidelines, please visit

The Summer Research Initiative is a full-time, 40-hour-per-week commitment and participants are required to reside in the university housing provided by the program and to participate in all SRI activities throughout the summer.  Participation includes all SRI program and research activities and assignments and meetings with research and program mentors.  Therefore, students should not register for summer classes, hold employment that interferes with their participation, or make other summer plans that would interrupt their full and consistent immersion in the program during the 8-week program period. 

The 2022 program dates are Monday, June 6, 2022 - Friday, July 29, 2022All participants are required to arrive at our College Park campus on Saturday, June 4th, for the required 2-day pre-program orientation.

BSOS SRI Contacts: Please send questions to the BSOS SRI Coordinator, Brittney Robinson,

IMPORTANT: BSOS SRI applicants must complete BOTH (1) the online BTAA SROP application and (2) the BSOS SRI supplemental application. For guidance on the supplemental application please use these materials as your guide:
BSOS SRI Overview and Application Instructions
BSOS SRI Supplemental Personal Statement Instructions
BSOS SRI supplemental application preview of questions




College of Arts and Humanities SROP 2022: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade (

Faculty Mentors: Daryle Williams, Research Professor of History and Co-PI, and Kristina Poznan, Clinical Assistant Professor of History and Managing Editor,’s Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation

Generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the open-access site " Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade" invites scholars, family historians, and the general public to grapple with the opportunities and challenges of data-driven humanistic research and inclusive research communications in slavery studies. In 2022, will be expanding the records available on the Hub, via strategic partnerships and rigorous peer review of new datasets and associated scholarly articles and expanding educational resources. is led by faculty at the University of Maryland and Michigan State University, two BTAA peers, as well as the University of California, Riverside. The project’s Co-Principal Investigators coordinate, supervise, and collaborate with a team of historians and other humanists, data scientists, developers, information studies specialists, and student assistants. 

The 2022 cohort of SROP researchers will join this effort for a seven-week residential research experience, working closely with project partners to learn methods for data-informed historical research, develop a dataset to be published in the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation related to history of enslavement and the recovery of enslaved lives in State of Maryalnd, and share their findings with academic and public audiences. 

Successful applicants will work closely with the program mentors each week, meet with various members of the team to learn about their roles in the project, and participate in seminars to learn more about graduate studies and the application process. Health and safety guidelines permitting, field experiences will include guided research opportunities in several libraries and archives, as well as visits to historic sites where the history of slavery is interpreted for the public. 

Participants will receive a stipend. Accommodations and travel to and between research sites are covered by the program. As of Fall 2021, the program leaders intend to host activities at the University of Maryland and surrounding communities for the first six weeks and bring participants to UC Riverside for the final week, the week of July 18, to present their findings and network with the team and affiliates.

In addition to submitting a formal application at, please email indicating your interest in the program specifically. Review criteria will include an expression of interest in public humanities. 

The 2022 dates are June 6 - July 24, plus a few days’ work on publications in the months after the program.

Email questions to: 

Dr. Ralph Bauer -

Dr. Daryle Williams -

Dr. Kristina Poznan -


College of Arts & Humanities SROP 2022:

Recovering Democracy Archives: Speech Recovery Project

Faculty Mentor: Shawn J. Parry-Giles, Professor, Department of Communication, the University of Maryland; Co-Editor, Recovering Democracy Archives: Speech Recovery Project; and Director, Rosenker Center for Political Communication and Civic Leadership

The mission of the Recovering Democracy Archives: Speech Recovery Project (RDA) is to create a digital archive of lesser-known but important public speeches that remain hidden within the vaults of archival repositories or in obscure anthologies and historical publications. RDA is particularly focused on recovering speeches delivered by those challenging barriers that restrict equitable participation in civic life or promote the expansion of civic deliberation.

RDA’s new initiative, Speaking for Social Justice (SSJP), is designed to increase the recovery, authentication, contextualization, and circulation of social justice speeches delivered by ordinary individuals, political activists, and progressive leaders. The aim is to recover, preserve, and circulate the voices of those fighting for greater economic, social, and political equalities at the local, regional, and national levels. Since the time of ancient Greece and Rome, rhetoric animated public and political life, and speeches advanced (and restricted) commitments to social justice. Even in our contemporary age of social media, social justice activists inside and outside of government use speeches as a means to expand civil rights and speak back to those trying to hinder such rights.

The aim of the RDA SROP project is to help students advance their skills in archival research, learn about the role of public speaking in civic life, hone their writing and research skills, expand their commitments to social justice and the public and digital humanities. Those completing research in support of RDA agree to create one speech unit for possible inclusion on the RDA website over the course of the summer of 2022. Each unit includes:

  • Recovering a social justice speech from an archives or historical record that promotes positive and progressive social change.
  • Authenticating the speech by comparing different (and available) speech versions to select the text that best captures the words delivered by the speaker in the rhetorical moment.
  • Researching and writing a one- to two-page contextualization of the speech that includes conducting archival research related to the speech, reviewing secondary scholarship about the speech and speaker, and exploring historical newspapers and databases that provide insight into the speaking situation, the rhetorical exigencies that gave rise to the speech, and its reception by those who listened to it or read it at the time of delivery.
  • Digitizing audio and video versions of the speech (if available) to recover and preserve the actual delivery of the speech and the audience’s reactions to it in real time.
  • Recovering photographs (if available) of the speaker and speaking context to help enliven the speaking situation.
  • Conducting edits to the speech unit with the possibility of publishing the speech and accompanying documents on RDA’s open-source website if selected for publication.
  • Providing research support for other RDA units as time allows.

Currently, the RDA website features over 30 speech units recovered from a diversity of archives. RDA contains lesser-known speeches by activists like César Chávez, Frederick Douglass, Paul Robeson, Gloria Steinem, and Rose Winslow who challenged the barriers that restrict equitable participation in civic life. RDA researchers have worked with such archives as the Arab American National Museum, the Cleveland State University Archives, the Jimmy Carter President Library, the Library of Congress, the George Meany Memorial AFL-CIO Archive, the Rainbow History Project Collection, the Social Welfare History Archives, and the Special Collections Research Center at the University of Chicago.

In addition to submitting a formal application at, please email indicating your interest in the Recovering Democracy Archives: Speech Recovery Project specifically. Criteria include an expression of interest in the public and digital humanities.

The 2022 dates are June 6 - July 24

Email questions to:

Dr. Ralph Bauer -

Dr. Shawn Parry-Giles –



College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR)

Summer Opportunities in Agricultural Research and the Environment (SOARE)

The AGNR Opportunities in Agricultural Research and the Environment (SOARE) 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. SOARE 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 SOARE will spend the summer 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 SROP 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 2022 program dates are May 23, 2022 - July 30, 2022

AGNR SOARE Contact:  Email questions to Dr. Evelyn Cooper, Director (

IMPORTANT: UMD AGNR SOARE applicants will need to complete both the online SROP BTAA application on the BTAA website and the AGNR SOARE supplemental application on the UMD Awards Portal. For guidance on the supplemental application please see the AGNR SOARE Personal Statement AND Essay Instructions



School of Public Health (SPH)

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 2022 program dates are : 6/6/2022 - 8/12/2022

SPH UM STAR Contacts:  Email questions to: / 301-405-2487  (Dr. James Hagberg, Director  


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 SOARE, 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 2020 academic year
  • Possess an excellent academic record including a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA
  • Be interested in pursuing graduate study in one of the offered SROP programs at UMD
  • Completion of the SRI or SOARE supplemental application which will require applicants to submit a current résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Please note:  Priority is given to summer applicants who intend to pursue a research doctorate

Please see department websites for specific faculty research interests, additional eligibility information, and important program information: BSOS SRI, AGNR SOARE, and SPH UM-STAR

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 the University of Maryland during that application process.  The SROP Online Application is open from November 1, 2021, through February 11, 2022. 

Supplemental SROP Applications for UMD programs

After completing the BIG Ten SROP online application, BSOS SRI and AGNR SOARE 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 vitae (C.V.) or résumé and a 500-1500 word personal statement. Both of these documents must be prepared in a PDF file format.  The supplemental application can be found on the UMD ONLINE AWARDS PORTAL.  Before going online to complete your supplemental application, please review the instructions SRI and SOARE. 


BSOS SRI Application Guidance        

BSOS SRI Personal Statement Instructions


AGNR SOARE Personal Statement AND Essay Instructions




UMD SROP Program Dates & Application Deadlines

BSOS SRI 2022 June 6, 2022 - July 29, 2022 
SPH UM STAR 2022 June 6, 2022 - August 12, 2022
ARHU SROP 2022 June 6, 2022 - July 24, 2022
AGNR SOARE 2022 May 23, 2022 - July 30, 2022
BIG 10 SROP Online Application Deadline February 11, 2022
UMD Supplemental Application Deadline  (SRI & SOARE) February 11, 2022


Contact Information

Contact Christopher Perez, Director, Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion for general SROP questions.
Contact Robyn Kotzker, Assistant Director, Office of Funding Opportunities for questions regarding system issues.
Contact / 301-405-3644 with questions about UMD Graduate School.
Contact the SROP program directly for specific questions regarding BSOS SRI, SOARE, ARHU SROP, or UM STAR.