Thursday, November 19, 2020

Research Experience! 2021 Maryland Summer Scholars Program

Interested in doing research this summer? Have a good idea you'd like to investigate? Apply for the Maryland Summer Scholars Program! 

  • 3.4 GPA
  • 12 or more credits earned at UMD (i.e. at least second semester here by Spring)
  • Not graduating before December 2021
  • A research proposal
  • Faculty sponsor (if you have a research idea and aren't sure who you could work with on it - let me know and I'll help you find someone!)
See below for more information! Applications/Proposals due February 14th.


The Maryland Summer Scholars Program (MSS) provides opportunities for University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) undergraduates to spend much of the summer working closely with faculty mentors on ambitious research, scholarly, or artistic projects. The MSS program provides awards of $3,000 to approximately 25-30 undergraduates each summer.

Many Summer Scholars expand their summer research into an independent study or honors thesis project the following autumn semester, and find that their research experience helps distinguish their applications for graduate study, fellowships, internships, employment and other competitive opportunities.

Maryland Summer Scholars (MSS) may conduct their summer research on the College Park campus or elsewhere in the U.S. or abroad as required by the nature of the project. Students whose projects require travel for an extended period of time to off campus locations (not to include regular commuting) may submit a travel supplement request as directed in the online application form. Travel supplements will not exceed $1,000.

Eligibility: You are eligible to apply for an MSS award: if you have earned 12 or more UMD course credits (not including AP or IB credits) by the date of the application deadline; if you have a cumulative UMD GPA of 3.40 or higher by the date of the application deadline; and if you expect to receive your undergraduate degree no earlier than December 2021. All academic majors are eligible.

Application Deadline: The deadline to apply for summer 2021 awards will be Thursday, February 14, 2021. It is important that candidates begin developing their proposals as soon as possible.

A presentation about the MSS program is available on our website as well as on ELMS, along with presentations about additional summer research opportunities - for ELMS access please click here to complete a brief questionnaire

Important Tax Information: Please note that MSS awards are subject to taxation as personal income, and awardees should plan accordingly; tax withholding may apply. 

The Maryland Summer Scholars Program is sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Studies, the UMD Division of Research, UMD Schools and Colleges, and the Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research. 

LCY388R Nuclear Security Policy being offered Spring 2021 -- Open to all students

 PLCY388R: Special Topics in Public Policy; Nuclear Security Policy 

The class introduces students to major themes and debates in the contemporary study of nuclear security, from historical, theoretical, practical, and international perspectives. It provides students with the technical and conceptual tools needed to understand the role nuclear weapons play in international politics. It includes a historical overview of the nuclear age, including a discussion on the evolution of nuclear strategy and the introduction of a new nuclear lexicon, the global nuclear arms race, and the development of the international nuclear nonproliferation regime. The course covers a wide range of contemporary nuclear challenges, including nuclear security/terrorism, non-state actor nuclear challenges, international momentum behind nuclear disarmament (particularly, the evolution of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons), and the role of nuclear weapons in international politics, paying particular attention to future U.S.-Russia/U.S.-China relations, and India-Pakistan-China relations.

Landscape Architecture Winter Online Courses


Design thinking class in Spring 2021 // IDEA247

What if you could learn how to become more innovative, expand your creativity, generate wild ideas, build quickly & cheaply, and scale your impact? Apply to IDEA247: Intro to Peer Innovation Coaching to learn innovation tools and mindsets, like design thinking, to create change in meaningful ways. Learn more at

Friday, November 6, 2020

Apply for Winter Spring 2021 BSOS Undergraduate Experience Funds!


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Apply today for BSOS Winter/Spring 2021 Undergraduate Experience Funds!

These funds assist undergraduate BSOS majors engaged in experiential learning outside the classroom, such as unpaid internships, research, service learning, and professional or academic virtual conferences. The funds are intended to help offset expenses related to such activities including, but not limited to;

  • pandemic conscious travel/transportation expenses
  • pandemic related relocation expenses 
  • professional attire
  • opportunity costs, (i.e. the need to give up a part-time paid job in order to take an unpaid internship.)
  • software/technology,material needs, not provided by employer/University, but essential to the experience. 
  • virtual conference fees

For additional examples on the kinds of expenses that may be considered for funding, please click here.

If you are a BSOS student with financial need that is preventing you from taking advantage of an unpaid opportunity, I encourage you to apply for BSOS Undergraduate Experience Funds.

Applications for Winter/Spring 2021 experiences are due no later than December 7. 
Click here to apply. 

Before submitting your application, make sure to review the eligibility criteria.

Questions regarding the scholarships or the application process can be
e-mailed to

REMOTE Internship opportunities at NC State/NCICS for Winter/Spring 2021

REMOTE internship opportunities studying "Economic Impacts of Drought on Agriculture" OR "Evaluation of Vegetation Status in Earth system models Using Satellite Climate Data Records" - if you end up applying please let Amanda know! 

Biodiversity Research Opportunities for Students


Opportunities to gain remote fieldwork experience in biodiversity and conservation research

Operation Wallacea has run biodiversity research expeditions for the last 25 years to a series of sites mainly in the tropics (, helping university students from around the world gain valuable experience and get their hands dirty with real biodiversity research. From tropical rainforests and European grasslands to coral reefs and Mediterranean seagrass meadows, our network of more than 200 academics lead cutting edge research projects that help to inform local conservation management strategies.

More than 500 papers including some in high impact journals such as Nature and PNAS have been published from these annual programs, so by joining the field surveys you are guaranteed a high level of academic involvement. By working alongside these academics, students either gain broad experience as research assistants or to gather data for their independent research project (thesis). The expeditions vary in length from 2 to 6 weeks during the month of June to August.
Click here for our research assistant brochure or click here for the senior thesis brochure.

One of our lead academics is presenting about the program over the month of October, where you can learn about how to join one of these expeditions and how the data collected are being used to help with wildlife conservation measures.

The series of webinars being hosted by our academic are listed below, so please click on the webinar time and date that you can attend.

Expeditions were cancelled for 2020 but we are going ahead with a full range of expeditions for the 2021 season. The expeditions will be socially distanced (e.g. one tent per person) and if developments in the fight against the virus do not go as planned and we cannot run the 2021 expeditions, then anyone booked on for 2021 will get a cash refund.

When students sign up we give them support in how to fundraise and most students raise a good percentage or even all of the funds needed from grants, sponsorship and fundraising activities. Given the growing public concern about species extinctions and climate change getting support for joining real biodiversity research expeditions to remote areas of the tropics is increasingly possible. However, raising funds takes time which is why we like to introduce the programs to students as soon as possible in the new university year.

We have recently put together a full introductory video, it is longer than any of our other videos but it gives a great amount of information about what we do and why (view here).

For everyone who submits an expression of interest, a bespoke itinerary is created and sent to you, this is based on your interests and career objectives. To submit an expression of interest click here.