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 campus to work on research projects designed to expand students’ knowledge and enlighten students about career choices. Conducted over 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 120 students have participated.

The program offers 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 schools of nursing and pharmacy.  In 2016, the program expanded to engage UMB students from law, social work, nursing, pharmacy, and medicine in resarch programs at College Park in areas as diverse as bioengineering, public health and behavioral and social sciences.


Summer 2022 UM Scholars Application for UMB Students


Dear UMB Students:

The University of Maryland Strategic Partnership:  MPowering the State has provided funding for up to 15 student/faculty-mentored research experiences at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) for Summer 2022.  Diverse projects will be offered and announced in January 2022. See link to the 2021 summer list of projects in the 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 three installments for the 400-hour project conducted over a ten-week period commencing on or about June 1, and ending in early August. 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 in College Park, MD at UMCP. The work should be conducted at UMCP but may include virtual participation for some part of the study. 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 early September. In addition, the student and mentor may 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, Executive Director, University of Maryland Strategic Partnership, MPowering the State,; 410-706-5279.


Click here to view the 2021 catalog of projects.


Click here to apply. (Application is currently closed and will be open in January 2022.)

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;
  3. To upload a current resume;
  4. To upload a Letter of Recommendation from a faculty member in your school (PLEASE NOTE SUGGESTIONS: Please tell the faculty member what program you are applying to and request that they provide a short letter to attest to your scholarship, character, and professional promise. The faculty member might state how long they have known you and in what capacity. The letter should be on letterhead from the faculty. As a student, we suggest that you speak directly to the faculty to request the recommendation, and that you provide the faculty member with details for the letter for their convenience. The letter does not need to be lengthy or detailed. Consider tackling this assignment first since it has a longer lead time.)


Please click here to view the 2021 schedule and deadlines.

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 their selections on the best candidate match to the project and to the mentor.




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