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.