Summer 2024: Paid Research Opportunities

UMCP Students

How the UMCP Program Works:

  • 400-hour project conducted over a ten-week period
  • Commences on or about May 30, ending in early August
  • Specific dates and times are to be mutually defined and agreed upon by the student and mentor
  • Work is expected to occur during typical business hours; Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm.
  • UMCP students receive $6,000 in three installment
  • All research is designed to be conducted at University of Maryland, Baltimore locations. 
  • Work may be offered via a remote capacity and may be conducted online, through email, by phone, by video conference, or via a hybrid approach that involves both in-person and remote work. (Location & delivery method specified in each project description.)
  • Travel to and parking at UMB is the responsibility of the student.
  • At the end of the internship, UMCP students should submit a 3-5 page “reflection”/white paper and possible oral presentation on their completed project by early September.
  • 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. (Information will be verified with your school before awarding a position in the program.)
  • Students must be enrolled in Fall 2024 semester to be considered as a participant in this program.

Research Opportunities:

MPower provides funding for student/faculty-mentored research experiences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore each summer. Research opportunities are offered by type. Contact Adrianne Arthur,, for information on schedule.


In preparation to complete the application, please note that you will be asked to:

  1. Identify your top three choices of projects;
  2. Upload a Statement of Interest of no more than 500 words;
  3. Upload a current resume;
  4. Upload a Letter of Recommendation from a faculty member in your school.

Please Note for Letter of Recommendation:

  • 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.

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.