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University of Maryland’s Summer Research Initiative

December 27, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

The Summer Research Initiative (SRI) was created in 1999 by the Office of the Dean in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS).  The program is designed to encourage and enhance the diversity of scholars working in the social and behavioral science fields.

SRI is interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of students, including African Americans, Latino/Hispanics, American Indian/Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders, as well as students with research interests related to diverse communities

The goals of the initiative are to:

  • Increase the knowledge of, and interest in, doctoral-level training in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences;
  • Provide rising juniors and seniors an opportunity to learn about graduate studies and the range of research and scholarship in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences at the University of Maryland;
  • Provide a laboratory experience that enhances basic research knowledge and skills;
  • Provide lectures, workshops, didactic exchanges, etc., to enhance students’ knowledge of the graduate application process, negotiating the academic rigors and professional and personal challenges encountered in graduate school, and developing career paths in social, behavioral, and economic science; and
  • Provide mentoring and networking opportunities for students to advance their training in the social, behavior, and economic sciences.

The SRI is part of the college’s longstanding commitment to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities who pursue graduate degrees in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences. According to data from the National Science Foundation, the university ranks 8th in the country in the number of doctoral degrees awarded and 13th in the number of Bachelor of Arts degrees awarded to underrepresented minority students in those fields.

The application cycle runs from December 1, 2012 – February 15, 2013.  Applications will be reviewed February – March, 2013 and selection announcements will be made in April, 2013.  The actual program runs 8 weeks, from June 3, 2013 – July 26, 2013.  Those selected will be expected to arrive to campus for the weekend program orientation on Saturday, June 1, 2013.

For more information on how to apply, please click HERE

All application materials must be received no later than Friday, February 15, 2013.


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