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Undergraduate Research Awards

Undergraduate Research Awards provide up to $1,500 to undergraduate students to support their research or creative work with a UMBC faculty mentor on an original project. UMBC students of all years and disciplines are invited to apply, as long as they will remain enrolled at UMBC long enough to complete the proposed work.

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Deadline Dates

  • Monday, February 2, 2015 – First day Undergraduate Research Award proposals will be accepted.
  • Thursday, February 26, 2015, 5:00 p.m. – Deadline for submission of Undergraduate Research Award proposals, including letter and form faculty support.
  • March 9 – 13, 2014 – Undergraduate Research Award faculty review committees meet.
  • Thursday, March 26, 2015 – Applicants are notified of selection discussions.
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2015 The 2015-2016 Undergraduate Research Award Scholars and their advisors are introduced at URCAD.
  • May, 2015 New URA Scholars contract signing
  • July 1, 2015 – April, 2016 – Award period.

"There is so much more to being a URA Scholar than just conducting independent research; it is a community dedicated to individual student success and achievement."


Forms icon2015 - 2016 Undergraduate Research Award Application


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How To Write a Successful URA Proposal

Monday, February 2
12:00 - 12:50 p.m.
Sondheim Room 103

How To Write a Successful URA Proposal

Friday, February 13
12:00 - 12:50 p.m.
Sondheim Room 103

For more information:
Janet McGlynn
Director of Communication and Outreach | (410) 455-5754


Devon Fick
Administrative Assistant | (410) 455-5513


Student research and creative projects have included:

"Communism and Censorship: A Stunting of Albania's Literary Culture or the Birthing of a Unique National Movement?" “Comparing Procedure, Evidentiary Rules, and Sentencing in Three World War II POW War Crimes Trials”

“Moving to Water?”

The Undergraduate Research Awards program is funded and managed by the Office of Undergraduate Education. Approximately $72,000 in funding was awarded in May 2011. The program began in 1995 – 1996 as an initiative of the Office of the Provost.