Thank you for your interest in the University of Maryland’s Summer Research Initiative (SRI). This summer program is supported by the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, the Graduate School, the Office of the Provost, the Division of Research, and other University of Maryland, College Park partners.

The 2022 program will be held Monday, June 6, 2022 - Friday, July 29, 2022.  All participants are required to arrive at our College Park campus on Saturday, June 4th for the required 2-day pre-program orientation.

The 2022 BSOS SRI will be an in-person experience. We are excited to once again host students on our campus and deliver an engaging research experience. We will continue to be vigilant in monitoring COVID-19 and to inform you should conditions change. To protect the safety of our campus community, SRI participants are required to adhere to the university and state of Maryland COVID-19 policies - this includes showing proof of vaccination, or an official exemption, and to abide by our mask-wearing and social distancing policies. To learn more information on the University of Maryland's current COVID-19 policies and guidelines, please visit  

Please direct any questions or concerns to the SRI Coordinator, Brittney Robinson at (brobins7 [at] umd [dot] edu)

Applying to the 2022 BSOS SRI


Step 1: Complete the BTAA SROP Application

The 2022 SRI application is offered in partnership with the Big Ten Academic Alliance's (BTAA) Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP). Therefore, applicants must first complete the BTAA SROP online application. 

IMPORTANT: To apply to the UMD BSOS SRI, applicants must select the University of Maryland in order for us to access your SROP application. (Task 9 of the application). If you do not select the University of Maryland, we will not know that you wish to be considered as an applicant to our program. The BTAA SROP application can be completed in one session or you may return later to finish it. 

For technical problems or questions about the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) SROP common application, please contact the BTAA SROP Coordinator, Danielle LeFaivre at danielle [dot] lefaivre [at] btaa [dot] org 

Step 2: Prepare BSOS SRI Supplemental Application Materials

To be considered for the BSOS SRI, all applicants must submit the BSOS SRI Supplemental Application, which consists of completing additional information about yourself, and uploading an expanded Personal Statement and an updated résumé or curriculum vita (c.v.). Your expanded personal statement and c.v. or résumé must be ready to upload at the time you begin the BSOS SRI Supplemental Application. Therefore, we urge you to carefully review the BSOS SRI Supplemental Personal Statement Instructions before you begin writing.

IMPORTANT: The BSOS SRI application portal does not allow applicants to save their work and return to complete it at a later date or time. Therefore, please have your documents ready to upload in PDF form before you proceed to Step 4 (below).

For questions about the BSOS SRI Supplemental Application, please contact the SRI Coordinator, Brittney Robinson, at brobins7 [at] umd [dot] edu.

Step 3: Identify BSOS Department Placements and Faculty Members 

The department placement and faculty member preferences are part of the BSOS SRI supplemental application. Therefore, please have your three department placements prepared before you proceed to Step 4 (below). Please visit the BSOS department websites below to identify up to three department placements that would best meet your graduate training aspirations and up to three faculty members whose work is of interest to you and also align with your graduate training aspirations. 

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER - While we do our best to pair students with their department and faculty preferences, we cannot guarantee those preferential placements. However, providing us with faculty names and departments gives us information on the types of summer research topics that might be of interest or helpful to you.

IMPORTANT NOTE - For applicants interested in placements in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, the highest priority will be given to those who intend to pursue a PhD rather than the clinical M.A. or AuD. 

IMPORTANT NOTE - For applicants interested in placements with the Planet Word research project, please apply through the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences.

Step 4: Submit the BSOS SRI Supplemental Application

After completing steps 1-3 (above), please submit the  BSOS SRI Supplemental Application  and upload your completed résumé/CV and your expanded, supplemental personal statement.

Select “BSOS SRIin the drop-down menu to access the application.

IMPORTANT: The BSOS SRI Supplemental Application must be completed in a single session. Therefore, it is important for you to review the BSOS SRI application instructions and questions before starting your application.

For technical problems or questions about the BSOS SRI Supplemental Application, please contact Robyn Kotzker (rkotzker [at] umd [dot] edu)


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For questions or more information, please contact SRI Coordinator, Brittney Robinson, at brobins7 [at] umd [dot] edu 

SRI Overview and Application Instructions

SRI Supplemental Application Personal Statement Instructions