UM Scholars Program

To offer mentored research training that allows students to expand their knowledge and enlighten their career choices.

UM Scholars is a mentored educational program that connects students from UMB and UMCP to faculty mentors at the opposite institution to work on research projects designed to expand students’ knowledge and enlighten students about career choices. Conducted in 10-week terms, the structured projects tap into the complementary strengths of UMB and UMCP. Since its start in 2012 with just two students, the highly competitive program has grown year after year, and to date more than 100 students have participated.

The program expanded by adding research placements for UMCP STEM-focused undergraduates to work with UMB’s top medical school faculty, and introduced assignments for undergraduates to work with researchers at UMB’s School of Nursing.  UMB students from law, social work, nursing and medicine also participate in programs at College Park in areas as diverse as bioengineering, public health and behavioral and social sciences.


2019 UM Scholars Application for UMB Students
DEADLINE: March 1, 2019

Dear UMB Students:

The University of Maryland Strategic Partnership:  MPowering the State has provided funding for 11 student/faculty-mentored research experiences at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) for Summer 2019. Nine projects are offered – see link to catalog below.  Some projects may support two students, depending on response and interest.

General Information:

  • MPower provides the funding for the program.
  • UMB students receive $6,000 in installments for the 400-hour project conducted over a ten-week period commencing on or about June 3, and ending on or about August 9. The specific dates and times are to be mutually defined and agreed upon by the student and mentor.
  • Student payment arrangements are handled by the UMB Financial Services Office/Student Accounting.
  • All UMB student projects and mentors are located at UMCP. The work should be conducted at UMCP. Travel to and parking at UMCP is the responsibility of the student. Summer parking rates at UMCP are available to UMB students.
  • At the end of the internship, UMB students should submit a 3-5 page “reflection”/white paper and possible oral presentation on their completed project by August 31. In addition, the student and mentor will be asked to complete evaluation materials on the experience.
  • This is a competitive program. Applicants are not guaranteed a placement or an interview.
  • All applicants should be in good academic standing in his/her respective school/program. This information will be verified with your school before awarding a position in the program.
  • The program is administered by Adrianne Arthur, Director of Operations and Communications, UM Strategic Partnership, MPowering the State,; 410-706-5279.


Please click here to review the projects offered in 2019.


Please click here to apply to the program.  In preparation to complete the application, please note that you will be asked 1) to identify your top three choices of projects; 2) to upload a Statement of Interest of no more than 500 words; and 3) to upload a current resume.


Please click here to view the schedule and deadlines for the 2019 application process.

Selection Process:

UM Scholars involves a competitive selection process to gauge student capabilities, interests and the potential to expand from the research experience. A matching process that includes student/mentor interviews ensures the best fit between mentors, students and projects and a quality experience for all parties.  In addition, it establishes a defined project with clear expectations and deliverables. The faculty mentors who lead and mentor students also are selected based on the quality and relevance of their projects and how they envision the project will enhance the student experiences. Faculty mentors interview student applicants and make his/her selections on the best candidate match to the project and to the mentor.



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