LSAMP Undergraduate Research Program | A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland

Undergraduate Research Program 

Under the auspices of the University System of Maryland and the National Science Foundation, the University of Maryland, College Park Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Undergraduate Research Program (LSAMP URP) is committed to:

  • Fostering a diverse and interactive science community
  • Broadening minority participation in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematical (STEM) fields
  • Encouraging undergraduate research
  • Increasing the number of advanced degrees obtained by minority students

Research Component
The key component of the Undergraduate Research Program is the research component where students conduct a scientific research project with a faculty member of the University of Maryland College of Computer, Natural and Mathematical Sciences, A. James Clark School of Engineering or College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

During this research experience, participants perform original research, prepare scientific reports, and present their research at the end of the academic year. Students will be encouraged to give oral and poster presentations at outreach initiatives and conferences.

To find a research project, students may contact CMNS, ENRG or AGNR faculty whose research interests complement the student’s research interests. The LSAMP-URP will assist students in finding faculty that they can work with throughout the undergraduate research program. The areas of research LSAMP-URP participants will explore while conducting a research project throughout the academic year include:

  • Selecting a Research Topic
  • Choosing an Advisor/Research Mentor
  • Formulating a scientific research reports
  • Preparing Oral/Written Presentations

The goal of the research component is to equip students with the necessary tools to successfully complete a research project in their desired fields of study and present it to a range of audiences.

Graduate School Preparation Component
Another important aspect of the undergraduate research program is the graduate school preparation component. One of the objectives of the LSAMP program is to encourage students to pursue advance degrees in the STEM fields. This component will prepare students for graduate school by introducing and covering topics including:

  • The Graduate School Application
  • Personal Essays
  • Letters of Recommendations
  • Curriculum Vitas
  • Graduate School Financial Support (Fellowships, Assistantships, Grants)
  • Graduate School Timelines
  • General Record Examinations (GRE)
  • These topics will be addressed in workshops and seminars

The goal of the graduate school preparation component is to show students how to prepare for graduate school and submit a complete and thorough application highlighting their undergraduate achievements and aspirations.

Learning Community and Outreach Initiatives
The LSAMP Undergraduate Research Program will offer a strong and supportive learning community of students, faculty, and staff collaborating to develop and enhance leadership, professional, and communication skills. As a LSAMP Undergraduate Research participant, you will have access to other undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty that will assist you in your research project and studies. This community will also offer ongoing career and academic guidance. Students are encouraged to meet with the LSAMP-URP coordinator once a semester.

Academic Year LSAMP URP
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Conduct research with a University of Maryland, College Park faculty member in the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, A. James Clark School of Engineering, of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Devote about 8-10 hours a week to the research project
  • Produce and submit a written research project report, approved by the faculty advisor, at the end of each semester and present research at the culminating symposium
  • Participate in all LSAMP URP activities and workshops
  • Participate in seminars or colloquia given by the College of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, A. James Clark School of Engineering or College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Summer LSAMP URP
  • Devote about 30-35 hours a week to the research project
  • Same expectations as Academic Year program 

Academic Year LSAMP URP

  • Full time student at the University of Maryland, College Park Sophomore, Junior or Senior in the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, A. James Clark School of Engineering, or the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Summer LSAMP URP

  • Full time student attending one of the following schools" University System of Maryland LSAMP Participant Schools (UMDCP, UMES, UMBC) Frostburg University, Towson University, any Community College in the State of Maryland and University of Puerto Rico
  • ***Priority will be given to Community College students interested in transferring to UMDCP
  • Rising Sophomore, Junior, or Senior UMDCP students must be in the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, A. James Clark School of Engineering, or the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Community College students must be majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) fields
  • Undergraduate college students at the University of Puerto Rico (Mayaguez or Rio Piedras campuses) must be majoring in STEM fields
  • U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8

Academic Year LSAMP URP ***NOW OPEN

  1. FORM
  2. Personal Essay Statement: Why should you be chosen as an LSAMP Undergraduate Research Program participant? What are your expectations of the program? What are your academic and career goals and how can the LSAMP Undergraduate Research Program help you accomplish your goals?
  3. Research Interests Statement: If you could conduct research in any area or on any topic, what would you choose? Include your motivation behind doing this research, how you would go about executing the research, and how this research would contribute to the scientific community 
  4. 2 Letters of Recommendation Each recommendation must be submitted separately from the online application by the recommender using the following link: Recommendation Form
  5. Resume
  6. Citizenship documentation (One of the following: Copy of US Birth Certificate, US Passport, or US Permanent Residency Card)
  7. Fall 2020 Estimated Courseload List

Summer LSAMP URP

  1. Application Form
  2. Personal essay and research interest essay
  3. Two (2) Letters of Recommendation and Recommendation Forms
  4. Unofficial transcript
  5. Resume Citizenship documentation
  6. Summer 2020 List of courses (if applicable)

No cost associated.

Students will be given a $3,000 stipend for research. 

Academic Year LSAMP URP
Application Deadline: August 9th, 2019

Summer LSAMP URP
Application Deadline: TBA

Contact Information

Chelsey Lamar
LSAMP Undergraduate Research Program Coordinator
Phone: 301-405-8106
Email: clamar@umd.edu
 

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