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2016 Maryland Summer Scholars Program

The Maryland Summer Scholars Program (MSS) provides an exciting opportunity for undergraduate students to spend the summer working closely with faculty mentors on ambitious research or artistic projects. Maryland Summer Scholars research may take place in College Park or anywhere in the US or abroad as required by the nature of the project.  For the summer of 2016, the program will provide awards of $3,000 to approximately 25 outstanding, competitively selected applicants. [Please note: if your proposed research requires travel outside of the College Park area, you may apply for a supplementary travel award of up to $1,000.]

Students who carry out Maryland Summer Scholars projects gain a competitive edge when applying for graduate study, fellowships, employment and other competitive opportunities. Many Summer Scholars turn their research into an independent study or honors thesis during their junior or senior year.

Who can apply: You are eligible to apply if you will have completed at least two full semesters (and 30 credits) by the end of Spring semester 2016, if you have a GPA of at least 3.4 at the time of application, and if you will be enrolled at the University of Maryland, College Park, in Fall 2016. All academic majors are eligible.

Application Deadline: The deadline to apply for summer 2016 awards will be midnight on Monday, February 8, 2016. It is important that candidates begin developing their proposals as soon as possible.

The Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research will hold numerous 30-minute information sessions about the summer 2016 MSS program BEFORE and AFTER Thanksgiving break. Please note: All information sessions will be held in room 2403 Marie Mount Hall. Please reply to indicating the session you plan to attend as space is limited (if you are interested but cannot attend reply to the same address to be notified about additional sessions AFTER Thanksgiving break).

Maryland Summer Scholars Information Sessions:

Monday, November 16 at 9:30 am at 2403 Marie Mount Hall

Monday, November 16 at 12 noon at 2403 Marie Mount Hall

Tuesday, November 17 at 12 noon at 2403 Marie Mount Hall

Wednesday, November 18 at 9:30 am at 2403 Marie Mount Hall

Wednesday, November 18 at 12 noon at 2403 Marie Mount Hall

Wednesday, November 18 at 4:30 pm at 2403 Marie Mount Hall



Detailed information about the MSS program, and instructions on completing applications can be found on the MCUR website at:

The Maryland Summer Scholars Program has been sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Studies, the UMD Division of Research, UMD Schools and Colleges, and the Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research.