Summer Research Initiative at University of Maryland

An Overview of the Summer Research Initiative

The Summer Research Initiative (SRI) was created in 1999 by the Office of the Dean in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS) and is supported by the Office of the Provost, the Graduate School, the Office of the Vice President for Research and the College. The program is designed to encourage and enhance the diversity of scholars working in the social and behavioral science fields.

In that spirit, we are interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of students, including African Americans, Latino/Hispanics, American Indian/Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders, as well as students with research interests related to diverse communities

The goals of the initiative are to:

  • Increase the knowledge of, and interest in, doctoral-level training in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences;
  • Provide rising juniors and seniors an opportunity to learn about graduate studies and the range of research and scholarship in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences at the University of Maryland;
  • Provide a laboratory experience that enhances basic research knowledge and skills;
  • Provide lectures, workshops, didactic exchanges, etc., to enhance students’ knowledge of the graduate application process, negotiating the academic rigors and professional and personal challenges encountered in graduate school, and developing career paths in social, behavioral, and economic science; and
  • Provide mentoring and networking opportunities for students to advance their training in the social, behavior, and economic sciences.

The SRI is part of the college’s longstanding commitment to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities who pursue graduate degrees in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences. According to data from the National Science Foundation, the university ranks 8th in the country in the number of doctoral degrees awarded and 13th in the number of Bachelor of Arts degrees awarded to underrepresented minority students in those fields. The Summer Research Initiative is an integral part of our efforts.

Summer Research Initiative 2013

Thank you for your interest in the University of Maryland’s 2013 Summer Research Initiative (SRI).  Our application cycle runs from December 1, 2012 – February 15, 2013.  Applications will be reviewed February – March, 2013 and selection announcements will be made in April, 2013.  The actual program runs 8 weeks, from June 3, 2013 – July 26, 2013.  Those selected will be expected to arrive to campus for the weekend program orientation on Saturday, June 1, 2013.

For more information and to apply, please click HERE

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