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University of Maryland Scholars Summer Research Program

Program Summary

The University of Maryland Scholars Summer Research Program builds on the strengths of two great institutions by enabling outstanding University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) undergraduates to become engaged in summer research projects led by top faculty in the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). The program provides participating students with in-depth involvement in significant research and professional mentorship in challenging settings. The program also introduces highly talented UMCP undergraduates to the MD degree program, the vast array of graduate degree programs, and the MD/PhD and MD/MS degree opportunities at UMB.

Supported by: University of Maryland MPowering the State (MPower)

Administered by: University of Maryland School of Medicine/Office of Student Research

Program Director:

Gregory B. Carey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Director of Student Summer Research and Community Outreach, OSR
Director, PRISM Program for Medical Students
Director UM Scholars Program 

Contact Information

Office of Student Research
University of Maryland School of Medicine
655 West Baltimore Street, Suite M-019
Bressler Research Building
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 706-0094 Fax

Program Details

  • Location
    University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) campus.
  • Research Mentor
    University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) faculty researchers. Once selected, Scholars will identify a research mentor from a list of available UM Scholars faculty mentors and work with the mentor to develop a research project.
  • Research Topic
    Hypothesis-driven project in basic, translational, and clinical research in biomedical or health topics, determined according to Scholars' research interests and professional goals.
  • Time and Duration
    Summer Research - 10 weeks of full time commitment (at least 40 hours per week) in the summer after the end of spring semester and before the start of fall semester.
    Standard 10-week research period begins on May 30 and ends on August 4, 2017. If permitted by research mentor, student may take days off and make up missed days prior to the fall semester, provided that attendance requirements for summer programming are satisfied.
    Summer Programming - May 30 to July 28, 2017. See Program Activities for specific dates of required major events and general seminar schedule.
  • Stipend
  • Housing
    Not provided.
  • Program Activities
    Scholars are required to participate in the full range of summer research training activities sponsored by the Office of Student Research (OSR) of UM School of Medicine, including research-related training, the three major events: Orientation (May 30 & 31), Mid-Summer Research Retreat (June 29), and the Student Research Forum (July 28), and the Summer Seminar Series on biomedical research (weekly 1-hour seminars on both Tuesday and Thursday mornings). Scholars will have many opportunities to interact with other undergraduate students, MD students, other health professional students, and faculty in various summer research programs and settings at UMB. Students are also required to submit a final report on their research after the end of the program.
  • Research Presentation Opportunities
    Scholars will present their research at the UM SOM's Student Research Forum at the conclusion of the program, and may also present their work at the UMCP Bioscience Research Technology Review Day in the fall or at the UMCP Undergraduate Research Day in the following spring. Scholars may also be invited to present at additional UMB research events.

Faculty: If you are interested in becoming a research mentor for the UM Scholars Program, please follow the link to complete the Research Mentor Form.


  1. Institution and Year of Study
    University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) undergraduate students currently in their second or third year of studies (Sophomore or Junior).
  2. Study Field
    Majoring in any science, engineering, or mathematics field.
  3. GPA
    Minimum GPA of 3.2 (cumulative) with strong science preference. GPA of 3.5 or greater preferred.


Application Deadline: Monday, February 6, 2017

Anticipated Notification of Decision: Mid to late March, 2017
Please see downloadable Application Instructions

A complete application packet must include the following.

  1. Application Form
    The application consists of three sections, Personal Information, Academic Information, and Essays.
    Include a photo of maximum file size 50 KB.  Please use appropriate PDF software.  See bottom of page 1 of Application Form for details.
Application Form
  1. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    Submit a resume or a CV, not both. CV is preferred.  Please follow the guideline and template provided.
Biosketch CV Template
Resume Guidelines
  1. Current transcript
    An unofficial transcript may be submitted with the initial application. An official transcript may be requested if accepted into the program.
  2. Recommendation Form from two recommenders
    Recommenders should be faculty members or advisors, or past research mentors or supervisors. Choose recommenders who know you well and could speak to your character, strengths, and abilities.
    Recommenders may submit a letter in addition to the Recommendation Form.
    You should confirm with your recommenders the submission of their recommendation to the Program to ensure documents are received by the deadline.
Recommendation Form

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all materials are submitted before the deadline. Only complete applications will be considered.

Application materials may be submitted by:

  1. Email to (preferred method) OR
  2. Fax to
    (410) 706-0094 OR
  3. Mail to
    Office of Student Research
    University of Maryland School of Medicine
    655 W. Baltimore Street, M-019
    Baltimore, Maryland, 21201

Please reference "UM Scholars Summer Research Application" for all submissions.

For questions regarding the application process, please reference "UM Scholars Application Questions" in the subject line of the email.