There are many opportunities for School of Public Health students to gain research experience during their time at the University of Maryland. You may seek out a faculty mentor in the School of Public Health or other part of the university, or you may explore research training opportunities including:
School of Public Health Research Training Programs
Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the ADAPT program provides underrepresented or disadvantaged undergraduates with two years of research, ethics and career development training. Open to University of Maryland, College Park undergraduate students only.
Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the STAR program provides traditionally under-represented and disadvantaged undergraduate students with two summers of research training and career development to enhance their potential to apply for and complete PhD degrees relevant to preventing and treating cardiovascular disease. Open to undergraduate students from any university.
The UMD Global STEWARDS graduate training fellowship, funded by the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship program, is preparing future leaders focused on innovations at the nexus of food, energy and water systems. Fellowships are open to currently enrolled or accepted PhD students at the University of Maryland.
University-wide Research Training Programs
A database of select on-campus research opportunities for undergraduates which introduces students to scholarly research working under the direction of a faculty mentor.
The McNair program prepares students from low-income, first generation and traditionally underrepresented groups to pursue doctoral studies. Full-time university juniors and seniors who wish to enhance their skills to prepare for graduate study and participate in undergraduate research with faculty members are eligible.
Ways to Find a Mentor
Search faculty expertise or browse through descriptions of each faculty member's research to identify several potential mentors who are doing research that matches your own intellectual interests and career goals.
- Your current and past professors may be accepting students or know of any colleagues who are
- Your academic advisor might know of mentors who would be a good match for your interests
Contact potential mentors
Email is usually best, but stopping by their labs or offices is also okay to determine whether they are looking for students to join their research program. In your first contact with potential faculty mentors, you should tell them:
- Your year (e.g., sophomore)
- Your GPA
- Any relevant research or laboratory experience you already have
- Your general research interests or goals
Meet and greet
Plan to meet with each potential faculty mentor in person, tour their lab or discuss their research aims and speak to other students in their research group (both graduate and undergraduate) before making a final decision.
After you have decided upon which research opportunity is best for you, it’s a good idea make an explicit agreement with your mentor that specifies
- How much time you will spend in the lab
- The days and hours you will work
- Your responsibilities
Explore opportunities for academic credit
If you wish to receive academic credit for your work, you should then contact your advisor or the undergraduate program director in the department to which your faculty mentor belongs. Each faculty member has a specific course and section number for undergraduate research, and each department has its own procedures for registering for credit.
The School of Public Health Research Committee has representation from all departments and many research centers. You may contact these people to express interest in research opportunities and explore options.
- Behavioral and Community Health - Dr. Barry Portnoy
- Epidemiology and Biostatistics - Dr. Cher M. Dallal
- Family Science - Dr. Marie Elizabeth Thoma
- Health Policy and Management and Center for Health Equity - Dr. Stephen B. Thomas
- Kinesiology - Dr. Carson Smith
- Applied Environmental Health - Dr. Amir Sapkota
- Center for Health Literacy - Dr. Cynthia E Baur
- Prevention Research Center - Dr. Bradley O. Boekeloo
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