All students who will be juniors or seniors in Fall 2020 are eligible for the Summer Research Initiative. The University of Maryland has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity.  In that spirit, we are very interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of individuals, specifically African American, Hispanic, and American Indian students.

Applicants must also meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • Be citizens or permanent residents of the United States;
  • Be enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year higher education institution and obtain junior or senior status in the Fall 2020 academic year;
  • Demonstrate an interest in pursuing graduate study in one of the behavioral or social sciences;
  • Will have taken a basic statistics or research methodology course; and
  • Possess an excellent academic record including a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA.

SRI Expectations for Participants

The Summer Research Initiative is a full-time, 40-hour-per-week commitment; therefore, students should not register for any summer classes or hold employment during the program period.  Participants are required to attend all seminar series and program events (on and off-campus), meet with mentors regularly, and complete all scheduled assignments.  They will be expected to prepare a poster presentation of their research topic at the end of the program session.

Financial Support

Students will be provided round-trip airfare, room and board in University on-campus housing, and $3,150 (before taxes - amount includes stipend and meal allowances).

2018 SRI Cohort

2020 SRI Program Dates

Applications are open from November 1, 2019, to March 1, 2020; review period March – April 2020; selection announcements will be made beginning April 2019. 

The program runs 8 weeks, from June 1, 2020 – July 24, 2020. Students are required to arrive on campus on Saturday, May 30 for mandatory Saturday and Sunday program orientation, but SRI programming will officially begin on Monday, June 1.