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Program Details

If you have any questions, please submit your question through the Ask UM Scholars form.  The Program Director or Coordinator will respond to your question.

Please note that certain aspects of the summer 2022 program may be adjusted or modified as circumstances develop related to COVID-19.  The program will announce those changes as soon as determinations for changes are made.


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).

Study Field

Majoring in any science, technology, engineering, or mathematics field.


Minimum GPA of 3.2 (cumulative) with preference for strong science performance. GPA of 3.5 or greater preferred.


Program research and activities will be in association with or hosted by the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) campus in Baltimore City, Maryland.

Currently, determination of virtual/remote or in-person program activities is still pending for summer 2022, depending on developments under COVID-19 circumstances.  

Research Mentor

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) faculty researchers.

Once selected, Scholars will identify, through the Mentor-Matching process, a research mentor from a list of available UM Scholars faculty mentors and work with the mentor to develop a research project.

For 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.

Research Topic

Hypothesis-driven, remote-friendly, research project in basic, translational, and clinical research in biomedical or health topics, determined according to Scholars' research interests and professional goals.

Once selected, Scholars will identify, through the Mentor-Matching process, a research mentor and project from a list of available mentors and associated research projects.  

See prior years' lists of projects completed by students.


Time and Duration

Summer Research - 9 weeks of full time commitment in summer 2022

At least 40 hours per week in the summer after the end of spring semester and before the start of fall semester.

Students are expected to spend at least 85% of their committted time to conducting the approved research projecct and to participating in research education and development activities.  See Program Activities for information on Research Education and Development activities.

Standard 9-week research period for summer 2021 begins on May 31 and ends on July 29, 2022. If permitted by research mentor, student may take days off and make up missed days after the spring semester and prior to the fall semester, provided that attendance requirements for summer programming are satisfied.  Some students may need to begin one or two week earlier or end later to make up for missed time due to other commitments.

Enrichment Programming - May 31 to July 29, 2022

See Program Activities for specific dates of required major events, general seminar schedule, and other information regarding enrichment programming events and activities.


Stipend level is at $4,500, as funding is available.


For questions regarding the program or the application process, please use the Ask UM Scholars form.